Summer track and field is off to a great start for a number of area youth. The first in a series of three Tuesday night summer meets was held in Fort Washington, PA, June 24, and attracted several hundred Philadelphia Area runners, jumpers and throwers.
Chalfonts Nathaniel Wanzer, a soon-to-be third-grader at Mill Creek ES, Warrington, absolutely dominated his age group.
Wanzer, 8, in his first season of summer track and field, finished 1st in the boys 8-and-under 100 meter dash (18.35), finished 1st and set a Personal Record (PR) by 2.7 seconds in the 200 meter dash (39.24) and was 1st in the 300 g turbo javelin, 9.27 m (30-5).
Other local finishers, some also with PRs, included: Emma Silberman, 13, New Hope, 2nd, girls 13-14 100 meter dash, unofficial 14.93 (PR); Julia Coburn, 12, New Hope, 3rd, girls 13-14 100 meter dash, 15.23 (PR); and, Jonathan Silberman, 10, New Hope, 2nd, boys 11-12 300 g turbo javelin, 9.83 m (32-3), and 6th, 100 meter dash, 16.31.
Nathaniel and his teammates compete for Lickity-Split COUGARS track and field of Pennsburg-Doylestown. Lickity-Split is the only summer Track and Field Club for any age in Upper Montgomery-Berks County and Bucks County.
The USA Track and Field (USATF) club is open to boys, girls, men and women, ages 4 to 100, NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. Local practices are held Monday and Thursday evenings from 6 to 8 pm at the Upper Perkiomen Middle School track, Jefferson St., East Greenville, PA. For further info: iJUMP@hotmail.com, 267-227-8673.