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Aug 26, 2013


Three Athletes Compete in the USATF Junior Olympics in North Carolina. Six Athletes Compete in the AAU Junior Olympics in Michigan
Parsippany, New Jersey August 11, 2013 – The Morris County Track Club ended their 2012-2013 season with an awards luncheon celebrating the stellar accomplishments of their nationally recognized team. With record setting performances at state and regional meets, a medal winning performance at the USATF (United States Track & Field) Junior Olympics, three New Jersey State Long Jump Championship titles, and one Regional Long Jump title, the Morris County Track Club had much to celebrate.
The winning season began with breakout Long Jump performances at the USATF Indoor National Championships in March in Prince George’s County Maryland. The team was led by Elorm Akasreku (Landing) who won the gold medal in the 13-14 Year-Old Boys Division setting a meet record of 19 feet and 6.75 inches. Matias Pellegrino (Denville) took 4th in the same division with an impressive jump of 17 feet and 4 inches. Pellegrino also won the silver medal in the Triple Jump. In the 13-14 Year-Old Girls Division, Anjali Pai of Rockaway won the fourth place medal with a jump of 4.87 meters.

In the 9-10 Year-Old Boys Division Rawle Workman’s (Parsippany) 3.74 meter Long Jump took the silver medal. Connor Cooper of Hopatcong won the bronze medal with a jump of 3.64 meters.

More than 1,300 athletes competed for national honors at the USATF National Youth Indoor Track & Field Championships in Prince George's County, Maryland. Coach Horacio Pellegrino was thrilled with the team’s results stating, “this was a great way to end the indoor season. I am extremely proud of this team and their accomplishments.” Long Jump and Sprint Coach Dave Lado said, “ To compete on a national stage and post these results proves that MCTC athletes know that effort equals results.”
The highlights of the 2013 outdoor track and field season were the National Junior Olympic competitions held by the USATF in Greensboro, North Carolina and the AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Ten Morris County Track Club athletes qualified to compete in the Junior Olympics. Eight athletes participated in these national competitions.

Competing at the USATF National Junior Olympics were Elorm Akasreku (5th Place in the 13-14 Year Old Boys Long Jump), Corinne Grenshaw, who trains with the team, competed in the 800 meter run. Connor Cooper and Rawle Workman competed in the 9-10 year old Boys Long Jump. Competing in the AAU National Junior Olympics were Avery Brown (13 Year-Old Boys 400 meter dash), Marcus Workman - Parsippany (14 Year-Old Boys Long Jump), Aidan Kamp (12 Year-Old Boys Long Jump), Connor Cooper 10 Year-Old Boys Long Jump and Rawle Workman (10 Year Old Boys 100 meter dash and Long Jump). Both Micaela Cassidy of Morristown and Noah Cooper of Hopatcong competed in the girls and boys 8 & Under Long Jump respectively.

These team members won their right to compete in the Olympics by consistently placing high enough to move on through a challenging progression of state and regional meets. Impressively, Akasreku, Pai and Tyruse Boock (who trains with the team) all won New Jersey State Gold Medal Champion titles in the Long Jump. Rounding out a stellar year, Akasreku was also the Regional Champion in the Long Jump.

Executive Director and Founder Antonio Workman proudly stated, “At the end of the day our goal is to ensure that top youth athletes have the opportunity to compete on a national stage and we accomplished that this year. But I would be remiss if I did not recognize the support of our sponsor Kanebrige Corporation of Oakland New Jersey. Their support helps us to provide our athletes with top-level trainers and top-level training facilities.”

MCTC is a not-for-profit organization formed for top-tier youth athletes who want to compete in track meets sanctioned by national organizations like the AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) and the USATF (United States Track & Field, the governing body for track and field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States).

For more information on the these organizations visit their websites at www.mctrackclub.org and www.usatf.org
Contact Information: Antonio Workman, Morris County Track Club 973-243-1736