MySprintClub, Hackensack's premier track & field club, capped an impressive 2016 campaign with 25 national medals, including four (4) gold medals across AAU and USATF meets (Outdoor & Indoor) and three NY state records. Inclusively, MySprintClub's team of 21 athletes finished the year with an eye-popping 110 championship level medals.
Remarkably, MySprintClub had 100% of its 17 regional level athletes qualify for the AAU Junior Olympic Games in Houston, TX! According to CoachO's final National AAU Outdoor Ranking, 17 of MySprintClub's 21 athletes are ranked "Top 100" nationally, including three athletes that are ranked top 10!
The national gold medalists and T&F All-American athletes are Shamali Whittle (2 gold medals, 12U boys: AAU Club Nationals 200m dash - 24.77sec and AAU National Indoor 200m - 26.51sec), Claude Shepherd (USATF Hershey Nationals 11-12 boys 400m 57.51sec) and Selah Dungey (USATF Hershey Nationals 11-12 girls High Jump 4'9").
In addition, MySprintClub broke three USATF NY records during USATF Hershey Nationals which was held in Millersville, PA. Outstanding thrower Michael Fullman (13-14 boys discuss 119'9" 5th place & shot put 41'4.5" 4th place) accounted for two of the records, with sprint phenom Shamali Whittle taking the other record with a 25.17sec second place performance.
According to coach Horace Taffe, "this is a testament to this group of hard working kids, extraordinary parents and other people who gave valuable suggestions along the way..." He continued, "In the end, it's really all about getting the kids to do their best regardless of medals and to enjoy the process." Indeed, other athletes stood out as well.
For example, Adrian Taffe, four-time national medalist (13-14 boys), willed his 4x100m team (13-14 boys) to stunning wins at both the district and regional levels along with teammates Jeremy and Justin Torre, and Elijah Somerville. Taffe, a double sprint finalist at USATF Hershey Nationals, also improved his personal bests in the 100m and 200m to 11.93sec and 23.70sec respectively.
In addition, 13-year-old Jeremy Torre had two of the highlight performances of his young T&F career. First, he electrified with a 19'2" winning jump in the 13U boys Long Jump at the AAU Regional championship, before returning for a big time 56.96sec 400m run (2nd place).
And then there was Gina Rubio. 11 yr old Rubio, the triple bronze medalist at the AAU district and regional levels combined, had back to back personal best performances at USATF Hershey (200m 29.38sec, 11-12 division) and AAU Club Nationals (100m 14.38 sec, 11U).
There was also the moment at regionals when top 13U girls thrower Alyssa Campbell came from behind on her 6th and final throw, tossing a personal best 39'0.5" to take Shot Put gold.
Finally, young 8U throwers Anaijah Brown and Katelyn Pena pushed each other to a combined 10 championship level medals.
Overall, MySprintClub had its best year yet, with 100% of its athletes enjoying tremendous personal best accomplishments this season. The team resumes its offseason work in September as it looks to build on this year's feat on its "Road To Michigan 2017", home of next year's AAU Junior Olympic Games.