The final meet of the season was quite the scorcher. Temperatures at Poland neared 90 degrees and we were lucky to have the high school team’s large shelter (much to the envy of other teams). Thank you to all the parents and other family members who braved the heat, particularly those who helped supply us with water and snacks. NYA had a great day all around, with four new middle school records and a number of PRs to finish off the season. The meet was scored to six places on a 10-8-6-4-2-1 point scale.
For the girls, Emilie got off to a great start with the disc, setting a PR by over a foot. In the high jump, despite frequent interruptions, Grace and Kendra equalled their personal bests, which was good for 2-4, respectively and gave NYA its first points. Over at the shot circle, Rachel had some solid throws in the first flight. Libby threw for just under her PR in the final flight, which qualified her for the finals, where her throws were good enough for a fifth place overall (which was her seeded rank, coincidently). In the 100, Grace didn’t let the second heat slow her down, winning by a comfortable enough margin to take fourth place overall and break her own middle school record by a tenth of a second. Lea battled the heat for a strong middle of the pack finish in a blistering mile. Lea was back at it again in the 800, this time finishing further up in her heat. After getting bumped up, Kendra ran in the first section, with a strong first lap and a valiant effort on the second. In the 200, Libby set a PR (it was a good day for sprinting), while Grace was fast enough for fifth place overall, again breaking her own middle school record (this time by two tenths of a second…must have been the spikes). Finally, the girls’ relay, composed of Lea, Emilie, Grier and Kendra, ran a fast race in a very competitive heat- note that Lea ran all three distance events, the most for any NYA runner in the meet. The girls’ team finished 7th with 20 points.
For the boys, Jack K and Reed both jumped well, with Jack K coming within an inch of his personal best. At the shot circle, Jack S and Kieran finished within six inches of one another with great efforts from both. In the disc, NYA was led by Kieran and Nick, throwing in the high 50s. Aaron, in only his second meet of the season, came within a few feet of his best mark. Jack S had some foul trouble, but managed to improve on his showing from last season’s championship. Over at high jump, Jake and Nathaniel both jumped well despite a high opening height and many interruptions (a common theme at high jump), finishing in the middle. In the 1600, it was a familiar battle between NYA and Yarmouth, but this time, Henry didn’t let him get away, out-kicking the competition with 200 meters to go, breaking his own record (and the 5 minute barrier) to finish first. Nick set a sizeable PR as well to take sixth place overall. Jake and Reed, running evenly as usual, were not far behind. Jack K struggled a bit in the final laps but pushed through to finish (and even had a finishing kick). Jack S and Kieran powered through the 400- with Kieran running the exact same time he’s run in three previous meets (how’s that for consistency?) In the 800, Henry was at it again, letting Yarmouth take the lead and then dropping him in almost exactly the same place, to break his own record by two seconds with another first place finish. He was followed by Jake, who put forward a good effort in the heat. Brandon ran in the second heat, setting a PR for himself by over a second. Strangely enough, the boys’ 4 x 400 (Nick, Jack K, Reed and Henry) finished third, despite missing one of their runners…don’t believe it? Check the results. The boys’ team finished 8th with 27 points.
Currently, we don’t have any photos from the meet but they will be added as they come in.