Jets at Jr Olympic Nationals - 2015
AAU: August 3-11, Virginia Beach, VA
USATF: Juy 27-August 2, Jacksonville, FL
A total of 10 Jets went to the Junior Olympics to wrap up the year. Each gave his of her all on the biggest stage of the season and everyone had something to be proud of.
Kylee completed her wildly successful year by earning medals in three events in Norfolk, VA at the AAU JO’s. She ran a great race to finish second in the 10 year old 400 in a new Jets record 1:01.78. That came about three hours after she lowered her team record in the preliminary round of the 200 to 27.94. Four days later she ran a 28.25 for fourth place overall. Kylee also grabbed a fourth place medal in the 100, 13.85 being her best time of the three rounds.
Alexis was the other Jet to place in the top eight, bounding 36-02 in her specialty, the triple jump, for a bronze medal on the first day of competition. Two days later she missed the finals of the long jump by ¾ of an inch, soaring 16-08.5 for ninth place. Alexis also ran the 100.
Another team record in the (11-12 year old) 400 went to Peyton who ran a blistering 1:02.52, good enough for 11th place amongst 11 year olds. Peyton had earlier run a 27.61 to qualify for the semi finals of the 200 where she finished 19th. She also competed in the 100.
Also competing for the Jets in Norfolk were Lucas in the 14 year old 1500 (13th) and 800 (17th), Kaori, in 13 year old triple jump (14th) and 100, Davonte in the 15-16 year old 100 (20th) and 200, Jacob in the 9 year old 1500 and long jump, Sergei in the 14 year old 3000 and Jahphiah in the 15-16 year old 400. [Full Results]
The previous week Denmark went down to Jacksonville, FL to the USATF Jr. Olympics. He battled a tough field and even tougher heat to PR in the 400 meters after running the 200 and 800.
USATF Region 1 Qualifier
July 11-12, 2015 - Fitchburg, MA
A small but potent group of athletes went to the USATF Region 1 Junior Olympic Championships in Fitchburg on July 11 and 12. For most, it was simply a chance to see what they could do against the best USATF runners in our region. The meet wasn’t as deep in most of our athletes’ events as the AAU Regional meet but it still gave our runners a chance to sharpen their skills. In all, the Jets didn’t disappoint. Four runners won a total of 10 events and five others finished in the top five in eight events to qualify for USATF National Junior Olympics.
The highlight of the meet was Kylee setting a new team record in the 9-10 200 in 27.95. That run plus her 13.74 100 and 1:03.92 400 spelled total domination for Kylee, who has been undefeated in the sprints this season.
Also undefeated in the sprints this season, Devonte won both the 15-16 200 (22.56) and 400 (50.81 PR). Alexis remained undefeated in the jumps this season, taking gold in the 13-14 long (16-06) and triple (35-06.5) as well as the 100 (12.60 PR). Our fourth gold medal winner, Denmark, set PR’s while winning the 8&U 400 in 1:18.66 and 800 in 2:56.09. Denmark was also fourth in the 200.
Lucas D-G (8&U 1500), Mianci (11-12 200 & 400) Peyton (11-12 200 & 400) Kaori (13-14 200) and Wallace (15-16 800) all had top five finishes, good enough to qualify for the USATF JO’s. [Full Results]
While most of our qualifiers will bypass the USATF JO’s to go to the AAU JO’s this year, Denmark will make the trip to Jacksonville. Good luck to him at the USATF National Junior Olympic Championships.
AAU Region 1 Qualifier
June 26-28, 2015 - New Britain, CT
The boys showing their spirit: (from L-R top):
Quinn C, Jacob, Denmark, Eamon, Jonathan, Lucas D-G
On the weekend of June 26 – 28, 26 Jets and their families travelled to New Britain, CT for the AAU Region 1 Qualifier against competitiors from Maine to New Jersey. Exactly half of our athletes finished in the top six of a running event or top five of a field event to earn entry into the AAU National Junior Olympics in Norfolk, Virginia in August.
In all, Jets athletes qualified in 26 events.
The weather was not the best but that didn’t slow down our runners. The team was led by Kylee who won three events, lowering her team record in the 10 year old 400m to 1:03.69.
Double gold winners were Alexis 14 y.o. 100 & LJ and Davonte 15-16 100 & 200. Other golds went to Lucas A in the 14 y.o. 800 and Jahphiah in the 15-16 400.
Silver medals went to Peyton in the 11 y.o. 100 & 200, Vivian in the 12 y.o. 1500 and Lucas A. in the 14 y.o. 1500. Peyton (400) and James (3000) won bronze.
Quinn (8&U 400, 800), Jacob (9 y.o. 1500, LJ), Kaori (13 y.o. 100, 200, TJ), Alexis 14 y.o. TJ) Jordan (14 y.o. 200) and Sergei (14 y.o. 1500, 3000) also qualified for the JO’s.
Jonathan, Denmark, Lucas D-G, Eamon, Adam, Dasha, Zora, Jasmine, Kya, Shamiah, Mianci, KeAlani, and Bronwyn also participated in this meet and represented the Jets proudly.
[Boys Results] [Girls Results]
Good luck to all who plan to go to the Junior Olympics this year.
Here’s hoping all of your hard work pays off.
New England USATF Championships
June 20, 2015 - Fitchburg, MA
Alexis long jumping for the gold (Picture by C. Sulker)
Once again the Jets showed their team speed at the USATF NE Championships. In this meet the top eight in each event qualify for the USATF Region 1 Championships, 15 Jets qualified in 32 events.
Lucas A. set a new team record in the 13-14 1500 by running a smart, gutsy 4:13.12, (a record that stood for over 20 years) good for second place in the meet but a time which would have been good enough for a top medal at last year’s Junior Olympics.
Others putting up J.O. medal quality performances were Kylee in the 9-10 100 (13.78) and 400 (1:05.28) and Alexis 13-14 in the LJ (17-5.5).
Jets gold medal winners were Denmark 8&U 200, 400, Kylee 9-10 100, 200, 400, Peyton 11-12 100, Mianci 11-12 200, Alexis LJ, TJ, Adam 13-14 200 & Davonte 15-16 200, 400.
Silver went to Denmark 8&U 800, Lucas 8&U 1500, Peyton 11-12 200, Mianci 11-12 400, Alexis 13-14 100, 200, Adam 13-14 100, Jahphiah 15-16 200, Bronwyn 400H & Lucas A 13-14 1500.
Other Jets qualifiers were Lucas D-G 8&U 800, Sophia 11-12 100, Peyton 11-12 400, Kya 11-12 1500, Kaori 13-14 100, 200, TJ, Bronwyn 100H & Wallace 15-16 400, 800. [Results]
AAU New England District Qualifier
June 13, 2015 - Braintree, MA
Vivian setting 2 Jets team records 1500m and 800m
The first step in the qualification process for the AAU Junior Olympics was held on Sunday. The AAU New England District Qualifier took place on a beautiful day at Thayer Academy and, once again, Jets athletes performed well, taking home 49 gold, 15 silver and 13 bronze medals, a slight improvement over last year. Of special note is Vivian M. who broke 2 team record (that had stood over 15 years). She now holds the 11-12 1500m record (5:01.90) and 800m record (2:27.90) All participants qualified for the AAU Regional meet held on June 26-28 in CT.
Event winners were Denmark, Quinn C, Jacob, Eamon, Vishal, Dante, Adan, Lucas A, Sergei, Davonte, Wallace, Quinn G, Gigi, Kylee, Peyton, Kya, Mianci, Vivian, Sophia, Kaori, Alexis, Milana, Jahphiah, and Bronwyn. Also winning medals for top three performances were Denmark, Jonathan, Lucas D-G, Jordan, Jon, Dasha, Emeline, Jasmine, Zora, Shamiah, KeAlani and Mia.[Boys Results] [Girls Results]
2nd Annual Cambridge Jets Youth Invitational
June 7, 2015 - Braintree, MA
Adam and Jordan running hard to the finish
This meet was held at Thayer Academy (thanks Coach Brown) and had almost twice as many teams as last year.
Thanks to Capital City, Central Connecticut Jaguars, CT Hawks, Haverhill Elite, Quincy Stars, South Shore Fireboltz and Town Track Club for coming out and competing. Hopefully this meet will grow in the years to come.
Jets athletes ran well and came home with a total of 18 individual gold medals: Kylee, 9-10 100, 400; Gigi 9-10 800: Peyton 11-12 100, 400; Mianci 11-12 200; Vivian 11-12 800, 1500; Alexis 13-14 100, 200, TJ; Jazmyn 13-14 400; Quinn 8&U 400, 800; Jacob 9-10 LJ; Jordan 13-14 200; and Lucas A. 13-14 800, 1500.
Also competing for the Jets were Ava, Dasha, Allison, Emeline, Kayla, Jasmine, Shamiah, Kya, Kaori, KeAlani, Caroline, Milana, Mia, Bronwyn, James, Jonathan, Denmark, Lucas D-G, Eamon, CJ, Vishal, Adam, Dante, Fidel, Jon, Sergei, Dante, Fidel and Wallace.
CT Hawks Youth Meet
May 31, 2015 - New Haven CT.
The Jets went back to Connecticut, this time to New Haven for the CT Hawks Youth Meet. There the competition was hot even though the skies were threatening all day, eventually scaring meet officials enough to call off the last two scheduled events of the day, the 1500 and the 4x400.
Jets won 6 events: Kylee 9-10 100, 200, 400; Peyton 11-12 100, 200; Alexis 13-14 Long Jump.
Three runners earned second place: Denmark 7-8 800, Mianci 11-12 100, Alexis 200.
Four runners earned thirds: Denmark 400, Mianci 200, KeAlani 13-14 100, Kaori 13-14 200.
NIchlas, Jacob, Mia and Dante also competed for the Jets.
Our thanks to the CT Hawks for putting on this meet. [Meet Results]
USATF NE Mini Meet
May 21, 2015 - Charlestown, MA
It was wild and crazy. It got dark and cold. But believe it or not, the Jets put on quite a show highlighted by Jacob lowering his team record in the 8 & under 800 to 2:50.30.
Many of the Jets middle distance runners ran great times, setting personal bests in the 800, including Vivian who ran within .5 seconds of a team record.
Also competing for the Jets were Lucas A, Jon, James D, Sergei, Vivian, Abby, Zora, Eamon, Gigi, Emeline, Kya, Keira, Nichlas, Quinn, Zoey, Lucas D-G, Denmark, Daniela, Jacob, Alishah, Wallace, Dasha, Olivia, Zack, Noah, Shamiah, Mayu, Kylee, Vishal, Mianci, Fidel, Alexis, Jahphiah, Kaori, Kealani, Kayla L-G, Adam & Achai.
Thanks to Town Track Club for inviting us to this meet.
9th Annual Bloomfield Invitational
May 16, 2015 - Bloomfield, CT
The highlight of the day was a new Jets’ team record in the 9-10 girls 100 meter dash for Kylee with a 13.73, breaking Peyton’s record that she set last year at the AAU Jr. Olympics.
Jets’ athletes also set four meet records: Kylee in the 100 and the 200 (29.00 breaking Alexis’ record from four years ago), Alexis in the 13-14 Long Jump (15-10) and Wallace in the 15-16 400 (57.09).
Over all the Jets won 13 events: Denmark 7-8 400; Kylee 9-10 100, 200; Jacob 9-10 1600; Peyton 11-12 100; Vivian 11-12 800; Alexis 13-14 100, 200, LJ; Lucas 13-14 800, 1600; Wallace 15-16 400, 800.
Second place finishers were: Jonathan 7-8 400, Jacob 9-10 800, Peyton 11-12 200, Kaori 13-14 100, Jazmyn 13-14 400.
Thirds place finishers were Denmark 7-8 100, 200; Jacob 9-10 HJ; Mianci 11-12 200.
Also competing for the Jets were Gigi, Jasmine, C.J. Vishal, KeAlani, Shamiah and Sergei.
B.A.A. Invitational Middle School 1000 meter run
April 18, 2015
Congratulations Lucas and Jon!
Two days before the running of the most recent Boston Marathon, middle school student/athletes from each of the Marathon route’s cities and towns toed the line in the Back Bay for the B.A.A. Invitational 1000 meter run and Jets athletes were right at the front of the pack.
It's a cool event because the finish line is the same as the one for the Boston Marathon. Lucas A. comfortably won the boys’ race in 2:54.1. Jon came in third in 3:02.4, narrowly missing second by one tenth of a second. With Lucas and Jon's strong showing, Brookline boys team also won.
In the girls’ race, Hattie finished third in 3:34.1, just four tenths out of second. She also helped Brookline girls team come in second place.
Nice job to those three talented runners. [Full results]
Peyton and Kylee Place at the Colgate Games
Congratulations Peyton and Kylee!
For six long weekends Peyton and Kylee, along with hundreds of other girls from New
York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Virginia and as far away as
Georgia traveled to New York to compete in the 2015 Colgate Games.
Peyton continued to show her versatility as a runner and competed well enough in the
200 meter and 55 meter to qualify for the Finals in both races. Even though she hasn’t run the 55
meter since she was 8 years old, Peyton chose to compete in the 55 meter Finals. It paid off.
She finished 3rd overall, receiving a monetary grant that can be applied toward her college tuition.
Kylee qualified for the finals in her go-to race, the 400 meter. She won the race last year,
finishing 1st overall. This year, she competed against girls a full year older than her, and compete
she did. Kylee finished 5th overall and ran a PR of 1:04.44. This time smashed the current 9 year
old girl (and boy!) record for the Jets.
Way to go Peyton and Kylee!
High School Jets Strongly End Indoor Season
On February 21, 2015 6 members of the older Jets competed in the Mass All State Meet. In order to get to this meet each one of them had to place in the top of their respective state division meet. Here’s a rundown of how each of them completed their championship season.
Maya, running for Cambridge Ringe and Latin, placed fourth in the All State Meet in the 600 in 1:34.91. A week earlier she won the Division 1 600 (1:35.59) and teamed up with Sydney to win the 4X200 relay in 1:44.59 a time which holds up as the second best time in Mass this season. Maya was fourth in the New England Championships in the 600 (1:35.92). Maya also placed second in the Dual County League Championships in the 1000 (3:00.21).
Sydney, also competing for Cambridge R&L placed sixth at the All States in the 55 (7.36). At the Division 1 meet she was second in the 55 (7.19) and 300 (41.17) and teamed up with Maya to win the 4X200 relay (1:44.59). At New Englands she was sixth in the 55 (7.24). Sydney also placed second in the Dual County League Championships in the 300 (40.89).
Spikey came in 4th place in the 4x200 relay (1:47.49). She also earned an eighth place medal in the 300 (41.84) running for Brookline High in the All State Meet. She had previously placed seventh in Division 1 in the 300 (42.29) and won the Bay State Conference Championships 300 (42.30).
Serena was 13th in the All State meet in the 300 in 42.12 running for Algonquin Regional High School. She placed sixth in the 300 at the Division 2 meet (42.76). Serena won the Mid-Wachusett League Championship in the 300 (43.70) and placed third in the 55 (7.63).
Jahphiah, competing for West Roxbury High, finished 17th in the 300 at the All State meet in 42.64. She was the top freshman finisher in the 300. In the Division 2 Championships she was 5th overall (42.32).
Quinn ran a leg on the Brookline 4X800 team that placed 16th at All States and ninth at Division 1. What’s remarkable about this is that he was one of only 3 freshman boys in the 4x800 at All States out of 27 relay teams and one of only 8 freshmen boys in the whole meet. Quinn also placed 11th (top freshman) at the Bay State League Championships in the 1000 (2:47.88).
Northeast Indoor Classic
February 8, 2015 - Boston, MA
We had strong performances across the board from our forty five Jets athletes, earning 4 gold medals in sprints, 3 in middle distance/distance and 3 in field events to place 5th as a team out of over 40 teams.
We were led by double gold medal winners Gigi (7-8 800 and standing LJ), Kylee (9-10 200, 400), Alexis (13-14 55, LJ) and Jacob Daly (7-8 1500, SLJ). Jazmyn (11-12 200) and Vivian (11-12 1500) won our other gold medals.
Silver medals were awarded to Kylee (9-10 55, SLJ) Alexis (13-14 200, shot put), Jacob Daly (7-8 800 breaking Coach Junior’s 22 year old team record by one tenth of a second) and Lucas A. (13-14 1500).
Bronze medals went to Gigi (7-8 400), Emeline (7-8 SLJ), Jazmyn (11-12 55, 400), Vivian (11-12 800), Lena (11-12 Shot Put), Kaori (13-14 200), Jacob Daly (7-8 55) and James (7-8 SLJ).
Fourth through eighth place medals were awaded to Kayla F (9-10 200), Kya (9-10 1500), Peyton (11-12 55, 200, 400), Lena 911-12 SLJ), Maia (11-12 SLJ), Kaori (13-14 55, LJ), Alishah (13-14 400), Daniela (13-14 800), Mia (13-14 SLJ), Kaden (7-8 55, 200, SLJ), Oliver (7-8 400), Jacob DePina 7-8 400, SLJ), Quinn (7-8 800, 1500, Shot Put), Cainan (7-8 SLJ), Zack (7-8 SLJ), C.J. (9-10 55, 200), Eamon (9-10 800, 1500, SLJ), Joseph (11-12 400), Jordan (13-14 200, 400), and Lucas A. (13-14 800.)
Other competitiors for the Jets were Farai, Kayla B, Jasmine, Mianci, Sophia, Shamiah, Abby, Lauren, Caitlin, Vishal, Manny and Jaylin.
Special recognition goes to Anaiah, Ava, Achai, Jonathan and Lucas, our 5 and 6 year old athletes who participated in that “non-competitive” age group. Don’t tell them that it was “non-competitive.” They ran hard and well and showed that our team has a bright future. [Full Results] *Picture taken from http://www.needhamtrack.org/events/nic.html.
Harvard's Track Team hold clinic for Jets
January 13, 2015
The Harvard University Track Team held a clinic for our youth athletes. Broken into 6 groups, 56 of our kids spent time learning some of the finer points of sprint starts, hurdling, long jumping, shot putting, high jumping and circuit training. Our youth, along with athletes from the Metropolis Track Club had a lot of fun.
Thanks to the Harvard team for putting in the time. This is the photo is from the Harvard Track and Field Facebook page
Seventeen Members of the Jets went to New Haven for the Southern Connecticut Youth Meet II on January 11. It was a good, competitive meet with 10 teams representing Connecticut, New York New Jersey and of course Massachusetts. Jets athletes came home with 23 medals, 12 of them gold.
Gold medals went to Quinn (8&U 400, 800), Kayla F. (9-10 200), Eamon (9-10 1500), Kaden (9-10 Shot Put), (Jacob 9-10 Long Jump), Alexis (13-14 55, 200, LJ), Daniela (15-16 1500), and Jaylin (15-16 800, 1500).
Silver medals went to Quinn (8&U 200), Kayla F. (9-10 55, 400) and Daniela (15-16 800).
Bronze medals were awarded to Lucas (8&U 400, 800), Kaden (9-10 55), Jacob (9-10 800), Kya (11-12 800, 1500), Shamiah (11-12 LJ) and Kaori 13-14 55.
Teyah, Vishal, Lauren, Mia and Manny also competed with fine results.
Gigi wins USATF Region I Championships
November 23, 2014 - Augusta, Maine
Champion Gigi with her medal.
Congratulations to Gigi for winning USATF Junior Olympic Region 1 Cross-Country Championship. She beat out a field of 60 runners, winning the 8 and under girls race, one week after taking the New England championship. She covered the 2000 meter course in 8:36.72, taking the lead at the halfway mark and holding off a late challenger in the last 100 meters.
Jacob and Hattie also competed in the championships that included the best of each age group from the New England, Connecticut, Maine, Metro NY, Long Island and Adirondack associations. Jacob finished 22nd of 70 runners to also qualify for nationals and Hattie recorded a DNF with an ankle injury midway through the race. [Full Results]
USATF New England Junior Olympic Championship
November 16, 2014 - Amherst, NH
Gigi at the start of the race she will win.
Five members of the Cross Country team made their way up to chilly Amherst, New Hampshire (34 degrees for the first race) on November 16 to race against New England’s finest harriers and they all represented the Jets well. The top 30 runners in each age group qualified for the Region I Championships in Maine on November 23.
The highlight of the day was when Gigi won the 2,000 meter 8 & under race. She took the race out hard right from the start and was never seriously challenged by any of her 43 competitors, winning by a full 10 seconds inn 8:35.
Jacob followed a half hour later by coming in 2nd out of a field of 39 8 & under boys in 8:30. He used a strong final 400 meters to outkick the third finisher in the home stretch.
Hattie and Vivian were actually the first to compete in the early morning cold in the 3,000 meter 11-12 year old race. Hattie finished in 11:32 (6:12 mile pace) to place 4th out of 134 finishers. She was the top 11 year old. Vivian just missed qualifying for Regionals by finishing 32nd overall. She was the 12th 11 year old to cross the line.
Wrapping up the day for the Jets was Lucas in the 4,000 meter 13-14 year old boys race. He showed his strength by steadily moving up in the pack to secure fifth place out of 155 runners in 14:14.
Overall, our small group did quite well. Good luck to those who are going to Augusta, Maine for the Region I meet. The New Englands and Regionals are in Rhode Island next year. Let's try to get more of our kids there next year to represent the Jets.
Jacob Wins Mass XCountry Elemantary School Championship
November 11, 2014 - Lynn, MA
Jacob powers past to win the race!
Congratulations to Jacob for winning the first annual Massachusetts Elementary School Cross Country Championship on November 11. Jacob beat a field of 69 runners to win the grade 1–3 boys division, setting a course record of 4:27 for .66 miles (6:44 pace) on Gannon Golf Course in Lynn.
Way to represent the Jets! [Results]
October 26, 2014, Franklin Park, Boston
The Jets had some strong performances at Boston Mayor’s Cup. In all, 21 Jets competed on the 1.1 mile course.
The team was led by the 13-14 year old boys who placed 3rd out of 10 as a team with Lucas A. finishing an impressive 2nd of 52 boys overall followed by Sergei in ninth and Robert in 19th.
Alishah finished 25 among 41 13-14 year old girls.
The 11-12 year old girls finished in 4th place out of 9 teams. Hattie and Vivian were 7th and 8th of 70 girls followed by Kaori (35th), Alice (46th) and Caitlin (52nd). Joseph (19th of 46 boys) and Ben (25th) ran for the boys.
Our 10 and under girls were paced by Gigi in 13th place of 101 girls, Kya (29th) Farai (54th) Dasha (70th) Aggie (72nd) and Annie (75th). They were 8th out of 13 teams. Gigi was the second finishing 8 and under girl.
The 10 & under boys finished 9th out of 17 teams. Jacob finished in 28th of 128 boys. He was followed by Quinn (36th), Eamon (37th) and Lucas D-G (76th). Jacob was the 4th 8 & under boy and 7 year old Quinn was the 6th 8 & under boy. [Full Results]
Wayland Cross Country Festival
October 12, 2014, Wayland MA
Vivian and Hattie relaxing after a hard race.
On October 12, eleven members of the Jets opened the season by competing in the Wayland Cross Country Festival in Wayland, Mass. The 3,000 meter (1.86 mile) course is challenging, featuring a long meandering hill and loose footing in the middle, but our runners did well, putting up fine times and competing hard until the finish.
In the 11-14 year old girls competition, Hattie and Vivian worked together the whole way and finished 9th and 10th overall (out of 86 runners), 5th and 6th among 11-12 year olds. Alishah finished a strong 29th, 15th among 13-14 year olds.
In the 10 and under girls race, Gigi led our runners, finishing 10th of 54 runners overall, earning a 2nd place trophy among the 0-8 year old runners. Kya was 18th place overall , 15th among 9-10 year olds and Dasha ended up in 38th place overall, 9th among the 8 and under girls.
For the boys, Sergei led the way with a 9th place finish out of 92 runners in the 11-14 group. That was the 5th best time of the 13-14 boys. Ben finished 36th overall, 15th for 11-12 year olds.
Jacob was the top Jet in the 10 and under boys group, taking 24th of 84 runners, which was 5th for 8 and under boys. Eamon was close behind in 31st place, 25th for 9-10 year olds and 6 year old Lucas ran a strong 48th place, good for 15th in the 8 and under division. [Full Results]
Davonte: Fastest Jet Ever
This summer Davonte broke the Jets team records in the 100m (11.17), 200m (22.56), and 400m (52.67) for 13-14yr old boys. All three records had not been broken since 1997. This is an amazing feat!
Davonte started with the Jets when he was only 6 years old, demonstrating his speed by beating older kids. Davonte holds the Jets record in 100m, 200m and 400m in every age group except 11-12yr olds.
He has medals from multiple national competitions. Not only did he just earn 3rd in the 200 and 5th in the 100 in the 2014 USATF National Championships, but he also earned 5th place medal in the 100m at the 2011 AAU, and two 2nd place medals in the 2010 AAU Junior Olympics in the 100m and 200m.
Davonte will be a freshman this year at Needham High School where he will run for his school track team. We wish him much luck and look forward to him coming back to the Jets next summer when his school season is over.
WINSLOW TOWNSON FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE
The most successful Jet is going to college and no longer eligible to compete for our team. In Jordan's 8 year career as a Cambridge Jet he has has been National Champion 3 times in he triple jump and once in the 55m hurdles, won 19 national medals and 55 championship level competitions. He was also named Boston Globe 2013 Track Athlete of the Year and USATF athlete of the month for July 2012. Jordan is a talented sprinter specializing in the hurdles and triple jump. He is also a really nice guy.
Jordan is not going far, and will enter Northeastern University this fall. He was heavily recruited and considered one of their top prospects (NU Track article).
We wish you much luck and success, Jordan. We hope you will come back and visit.
2014 AAU National Junior Olympicss
July 27- Aug 3, Des Moines, Iowa
Four Jets went to the meet and came back with two national medals. Kylee ran a new team record 1:06.62 in the 9 year old 400 for fourth place and followed that up with a 15th place in the 800.
Maya got 7th place, scoring 2431 points in the 12 year old pentathlon with strong performances in all 5 events (hurdles, shot put, high jump, long jump and 800). She later placed 9th in the high jump, just missing the podium in the deepest 12 year old girls high jump ever.
Also, Peyton set a new team record in the semi-finals of the 10 year old 100, running 13.93. She qualified for semis in the 200 and ran a strong 400 while Nina competed in the triathlon and the long jump.
Needham Youth Classic
July 25-26, 2014, Defasio Field, Needham, MA
James and Jonathan take first and second in the 5-6 yr old 100m and 200m.
Jonathan goes on to win the 300m and 400m.
Because of the conflict with the Junior Olympics, we were not able to field a full team to defend our title at this year’s meet but those who were able to go represented the Jets well. In all our runners took home 8 first place trophies, led by our 5-6 year old boys duo of Jonathan and James who won two events each.
Jets winners: James (5-6 100, 200), Jonathan (5-6 300, 400), Peyton (9-10 50, 300), Kaori (11-12 100), Jazmyn (11-12 200).
Jets receiving medals for top eight finishes: Jonathan (100, 200) James (Standing LJ), CJ (9-10 50, 100, 200, 300, Shot Put), Laila (9-10 Standing LJ) Kaori (50, 200, 300, 400, LJ, Shot Put), Jazmyn (300, 400), Nadia (13-14 100, Standing LJ, Shot Put, Softball Throw).
USATF Region 1 J.O. Championships
July 11-13, 2014, Fitchburg State University
Davonte, on his way to breaking two long standing Jets records
The team was led by the 13-14 year old age group, which combined for nine gold medals, one silver and one bronze, and three team records. Tops among them were Davonte, who broke 17 year old Jets’ records in the 100 (11.35) and 200 (22.56) and Jahphiah, with a 58.00 team record in the 400 as well as a win in the 200.
Our athletes earned 14 gold, 4 silver and 6 bronze medals along with 5 other top five finishes for a total of 18 qualifiers for the USATF National Jr. Olympics in 29 events.
Gold medals for the Jets were: Peyton (200), Maya W. (4x400), Kaori (4x400), Mianci (4x400), Jazmyn (4x400), Sarada (100), Jahphiah (200, 400), Alexis (long jump, triple jump) Maya H-A (800, 1500, 4x400), Kenlee (4x400), Sydney (4x400), Spikey (4x400), Davonte (100, 200) and Quinn (800, 1500).
Silver medallists: Peyton (100, 400), Kaori (200), and Alexis (100).
Bronze medallists: Jazmyn (400), Bronwyn (200 hurdles), Sydney (200), Jacob (1500, long jump) and Greg (400).
Other qualifiers for JO’s were Kaori (100), Jazmyn (200), Spikey (400), Jacob (800) and CJ (shot put)
Good luck to all who go to Houston for the
Needham All-Star meet
July 2, 2014, Defasio Field, Needham
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We sent a small but spirited team to this Wednesday evening meet and as usual, our athletes did quite well.
Event winners: James (5-6 100), CJ (9-10 100, 200, shot put), Maya W. (11-12 200, 80 hurdles, long jump), Amy (11-12 1500, standing long jump), Davonte (13-14 100) and Sergei (13-14 400, 800).
Other Jets top 8 finishers (5-6) Jonathan, Charlie, (7-8) Dasha, Teyah, Sarah, (9-10) Zora, Nina, Jasmine, Sam, Isaiah, (11-12) Sophia, Lily, Jazmyn, (13-14) Frantz, Sonia. [Results]
AAU Region 1 National Qualifier
June 27-29, 2014, UMass Lowell
The Jets served as host team for the Regional Championships at the University of Lowell this year as almost 400 athletes came together to compete. Once again, we looked strong on the track and off.
Many Jets’ parents and other supporters donated time and effort to make this meet run as smoothly as possible. Thanks to all for buying, cooking and selling food, moving hurdles, measuring field events, chasing shot puts and discuses, diagnosing injuries, firing starting guns, clerking kids and the myriad of other things that needed to be done. It was a lot of work but as they say, it's all about the kids!
Also, thanks for getting your children to the starting line on time where they all ran their very best.
In all, Jets competitors won 17 gold, 11 silver, and 7 bronze medals and qualified for AAU Junior Olympics in 15 other events.
In addition, 9 year-old Kylee set a team record in the 9-10 year old 400 (1:07.35) that was broken 10 minutes later by 10 year-old Peyton (1:07.10).
Gold medal winners were Kylee (400), Nina (Triathlon), Peyton (100), Jazmyn (4x400), Kaori (4x400), Mianci (4x400), Maya W. (High Jump, 4x400), Alexis (100, Triple Jump), Sarada (100), Camille (4x400), Spikey (4x400), Kenlee (4x400), Maya H-A (800, 1500, 4x400), Serena (100), Sydney (200), Davonte (400), Quinn (800, 1500, 4x800), Jaylin (4x800), Jon (4x800) and Sergei (4x800).
Scoring silver were Kylee (800), Peyton (200, 400), Maya W. (Pentathlon), Jahphiah (200), Spikey(400), Jacob (1500, Long Jump), Jon (1500), Freddy (High Jump) and Davonte (100).
Bronze medallists were Amy (800, 1500), Kaori (200), Jacob (800), Jon (800) and Sergei (1500, 3000).
[Boys Results] [Girls Results]
USATF NE Junior Olympic Championships
June 21, 2014, Fitchburg State University
Kylee edges out Peyton, by .02 to win the 400m and set a new Jets record, 1:08.71.
(That Peyton broke in the following meet)
The Jets once again used the USATF New England Junior Olympic Championship, held at Fitchburg State University, as a showcase, exhibiting the speed, strength and depth that we are known for throughout region. In all, 15 different athletes won 23 individual events. Add to that the two relay gold medals, 10 silvers, 8 bronze and 19 fourth through eighth place finishes and overall we qualified 31 athletes in a total of 62 events for the USATF Region 1 Championships.
Event winners were: Peyton (9-10 100, 200), Kylee (9-10 400) Kaori (11-12 100, 4x400), Jazmyn (11-12 200, 400, 4x400) Maya W. (11-12 high jump, 4x400), Mianci (11-12 4x400), Sarada (13-14 100), Jahphiah (13-14 200, 400), Bronwyn (13-14 200H), Alexis (13-14 long jump, triple jump), Maya H-A (17-18 800, 1500, 4x400), Spikey (17-18 4x400), Serena (17-18 4x400), Kenlee (17-18 4x400), Jacob (7-8 800, 1500, long jump), CJ (9-10 100, 200), Davonte (13-14 200), Quinn(13-14 800) and Greg (15-16 400).
Others qualifying for the Region 1 meet on July 10 – 13 with a top eight finish were Teyah, Kayla F., Amy, Sonia, Nadia, Sydney, Kaden, Denmark, Owen, Jordan, Jon and Ethan. [Results]
AAU New England District Championships
June 14, 2014, Faxon Field, Quincy
Jets runners performed well to begin the championship season. 25 Jets athletes came home with a total of 39 gold medals. In addition, Jets athletes earned 20 silver and 15 bronze medals.
Event winners were Gigi, Kayla F., Kylee, Nina, Peyton, Mianci, Vivian, Sophia, Jazmyn, Maya W., Alexis, Alishah, Sarada, Jahphiah, Bronwyn, Jacob, Sam, CJ, Jon, Sergei, Freddy, Davonte, Quinn, Greg, and Ethan. Also winning medals for a top three performance were Kayla B. Amy, Lauren, Kaori, Charlotte, Dasha, Gwen, Abby, Lily, Mia, Sonia, Nadia, Denmark, Kaden, Vishal, Trevor, Jordan, and Denmark. [Results]
Cambridge Jets Youth Invitational
June 8, 2014
Gigi, Kylee and Maya dominating in the 800m
The Jets hosted the first Cambridge Jets Invitational at Faxon Field in Quincy. Thanks to Coach Geoff Hennessy of the Quincy Track Club for securing the space and equipment for us to run this meet. Thanks also to the coaches, parents and athletes of the Jets, Metropolis-Brookline, Dare to Dream, Attleboro Jaguars, Quincy Stars and others who made this meet a success.
The highlight of the meet was Kylee setting a new Jets' team record in the 9-10 year old 800 with a run of 2:39.41.We hope that in future years this meet grows into something big. [Full Results]
May 31, 2014
On the invitation of the Metropolis Brookline Youth Track Club, 14 Jets made the trip to Brooklyn, NY. We competed against athletes from 11 other teams from 4 different states and represented the Jets and Massachusetts admirably. Our thanks goes out to Metropolis for the invitation.
Jets winners were: Kaori 100, Alexis 100, triple jump, Kylee 400 & 800, Maya 800, 80 hurdles & high jump, Davonte 100, & 200, Jordan 400, Jacob 800 & 1500, Quinn 800 & 1500 and Ethan 1500.
Other top three finishes for the Jets were Kaori 2nd 200, Mianci 3rd 200, 2nd 400, Alexis 2nd 200, Jordan 2nd 800, and Ethan 3rd 800. [Results]
8th Annual Bloomfield Youth Invitational
May 17, 2014
The Jets participated in our first outdoor meet of the season. In almost perfect weather 28 Jets went to the Bloomfield Invitational to test ourselves against runners from NY, Connecticut and Massachusetts. Three Jets set meet records (Kylee in the 800, Quinn in the 3000 and Ethan in the 1600) as our girls placed fourth out of nine teams.
Jets event winners were: Teyah (7-8 Long Jump), Gigi (7-8 400 & 800), Jacob (7-8 800), Kylee (9-10 400 meet record & 800), Vivian (11-12 800), Davonte (13-14 100 & 400), Quinn (13-14 3000 meet record), Nadia (15-16LJ) and Ethan (15-16 300 meet record).
Other Jets point scorers (top 6 places) were: 7 – 8 year olds: Dasha 6th 100, 3rd LJ; Jacob 2nd 400. 9 – 10 year olds: Nina 5th LJ; Laila 5th 200, 4th 400; CJ 3rd 100, 5th 200. 11 – 12 year olds: Alyssa 6th 100, 4th LJ; Kaori 2nd 200; Jazmyn 3rd 200, 3rd 400; Maya 4th 400, 3rd 800; Abby 5th 800. 13 – 14 year olds: Quinn 2nd 400; Jordan 4th 400, 6th 800; Trevor 5th 400; Sergei 3rd 800. 15 – 16 year olds: Nadia 2nd 200, 3rd 400; Ethan 2nd 800, 1st 1600 (meet record).
Other Jets who competed in the meet were Saffiyah, Jasmine, Vishal, Mianci, Lily, Lauren and Jaylin. [Results]
Jets Perform Well in Indoor HS season
Three members of the Jets fared quite well during the 2013 – 2014 Massachusetts High School indoor track season. Jordan Samuels, running for BC High, had an impressive senior season, meeting all expectations by winning the Mass State Division 1 55 meter hurdles and long jump. His 7.47 hurdle time was just two hundredths of a second off of the meet record while his 22’ 6.5” long jump fell one inch short of the record. Jordan followed that performance up with a victory in the Mass All-State 55 hurdles in 7.48 and a fifth place in the long jump. The next week Jordan completed the trifecta by winning the New England Championships hurdles in 7.48 seconds.
ROXBURY, MA - FEBRUARY 17: Reggie Lewis Center - Maya Halprin-Adams, a junior at Cambridge Rindge and Latin, runs her first-place finish of the 1000 meter run at the MIAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships. (Photo by Dina Rudick/ The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
Sydney Fisher and Maya Halprin-Adams led Cambridge Rindge and Latin to a championship in the State Division 1 meet and a third place team finish in the All-State meet. At the Div. 1 meet Sydney won the 55 meter dash (7.22) and came in second in the 300 (40.56). She also teamed up with Maya and to form half of the CRLS winning 4X200 relay team. In that same meet, Maya also won the 1000 (2:55.92) and ran a leg on the third place 4X400 team.
At All States Sydney was fifth in the 55 (7.23) and eighth in the 300 (41.61) while Maya was second in the 1000 (2:53.17). The two of them also teamed up to win the 4X200 relay in a fast 1:44.07 and Maya was part of the fifth place 4X400 team.
Armory Youth Championships
March 9, 2014
On March 9, 2014, 17 members of the Jets traveled to NYC for the Armory Youth Championships. While the meet was not as large as years past, there was still a good level of competition and our athletes gained valuable experience. All of our runners placed in the top 8 of at least one event.
17-18 year olds: Bianca 8th 200; Spikey 5th 400. 13 – 14 year olds: Alexis 1st 55, 1st 200, 1st TJ; Davonte 1st 200, 1st 400; Jordan 4th 400; Ethan 1st 800, 3rd Mile; Quinn 2nd Mile. 11 – 12 year olds: Kaori 2nd 200, 7th 400; Jazmyn 5th 200, 2nd 400; Mianci 7th 200; Vivian 3rd 800; Amy 2nd800; Maya 6th 400, 1st HJ. 9 – 10 year olds: Peyton 1st 200, 1st 400; Kylee 2nd 200, 1st 800. 7 – 8 year olds: Gigi 2nd 200, 1st 800; Jacob 2nd 200, 1st 800.
Quinn places 3rd in New Balance Indoor Nationals
March 16, 2014
Quinn placed 3rd, (4:49.76) in the Junior High Boys Mile against a
tough set of competitors. There were boys from all over the east coast
including: New York, Maryland, Louisiana and Tennessee.
Jordan also competed in this meet at the High School level
and placed 10th in the 60M Hurdles with a time of, 8:12.
Unfortunately, he missed the finals by only 4 hundreds of a second!
Cambridge Jets win the 2014 Northeast Indoor Championship
On February 16 the Jets were able to defend our territory, defeating all comers in the Northeast Conference Championship, outscoring Metropolis and The Delco Stallions in a close team score. In all 27 teams received scores with the Jeuness Track Club and Wellesley Youth Track Club rounding out the top five.
The Jets had six multiple event winners with Alexis leading the way for the girls with wins in the 13 year old 55, 200, Long Jump and Shot Put with meet records in both field events, and James leading the way for the boys, winning the 8 & under 55, 200 and 400.
Other multiple event winners were Kylee in the 400 (meet record) and 800, Spikey in the 200 & 400, Isaac in the 400 & long jump and Davonte in the 200, & 400. Peyton (200), Jackie (shot put) and Quinn (1500) were our other event winners.
Besides the event winners, Jets athletes who finished in the top four in an event and scored points for the team were Laila, Kayla F., Jazmyn, Maya, Kaori, Vivian, Christina, Sean, Arkia, Jahphiah, Bianca, Alishah, Teyah, Nina, Jasmine, Sophia, Alyssa, Milana, Jordan, Ethan, Sergei, Curtis, Yves, Greg, Rory, Jon, Jacob, Sam and Freddy.
Great job to all of the competitors and thanks to all of the parents, high school Jets, other volunteers, and Harvard University for making this meet a huge success.
Results: [Girls Results], [Boys Results], [Team Results]
Cambridge Jets win the 2014 Northeast Indoor Classic
The whole Jets team was in action for the first time this indoor season for the Needham Youth Classic on February 9 at the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury. The Jets won the meet overall with a display of first class performances and great depth, winning 20 events and placing in the top eight 62 times.
Event winners for the Jets were Laila (55), Kylee (400 & 800 meet & team records), Peyton (200) Vivian (400) Sophia (long jump), Amy (standing long jump), Alexis (55, 200, long jump), Spikey (400), Sam (standing long jump), James (55, 200, 400), Ben (55, long jump), Davonte (200) and Quinn (800, 1500).
In addition to those event winners, Jets who scored in the top 8 in an event and scored points for the team were Gigi, Sera, Farai, Annie, Gwendolyn, Teyah, Zoey, Abby, Amy, Lauren, Milana, Sean, Jahphiah, King, Owen, Hayes, Jacob, Andrew, Isaac, Jordan, Mark, Sergei, Freddy, Yves and Ethan.
As a whole, the team looked great with even the 5 and 6 year old athletes running well. Nice job, Jets, in showing our region how all of our hard work really pays off. [All Results]
Jets girls travel NYC to compete in Colgate Women's Games
The Colgate Women’s Games is the largest youth track series in the country. Most of the top girls from the Philadelphia, New Jersey, New York corridor compete and they know that if they are not on top of their game, they will be left behind. This November, four of our girls have made the trip to Manhattan twice to sharpen their skills against this top competition and all have placed in the top 12 to least once to qualify for the semi finals to be held in the Armor in NYC on December 22.
Most Promising Newcomer
Donna De Verona Trophy to Maya in High Jump
Colgate Finals: On December 28, Kylee, Maya and Alexis found themselves in the New York Armory once again for the finals of the 40th annual Colgate Women’s Games and they represented the Jets well, bringing home quite a bit of hardware. Alexis earned a hard fought 5th place trophy in the Middle School High Jump, in an event featuring three current or former AAU national champions. Kylee dazzled the crowd with a dominating Elementary A (grades 1 - 3) 400 meter capping a Colgate season in which nobody finished within 15 meters of her in a 400. Maya impressed the fans and the Colgate officials, not only winning the Elementary B (grades 4–5) High Jump, but also being named the Most Promising Newcomer of these Colgate Games. Along with Peyton who barely missed the finals, the girls exhibited the commitment and ambition necessary to be champions. Congratulations on a job well done.
Colgate Semifinal Results: Kylee placed in the Elementary A (1st – 3rd grade) 400 and 800 and will run the 400 in the semis. Maya placed in the Elementary B (4th & 5th grade) 55m hurdles and leads the high jump. She will high jump in the semi finals. Peyton placed in the Elementary B 200 and will enter it in the semis. Alexis, who is competing in her 4th Colgate Games in 5 years, placed in the Middle School 200 and High Jump and will High Jump in the semis. Good luck to those girls in the semis and finals.
Jets finish a strong cross country season
Sam, Hattie and Amy with Mary Cain at USATF Region 1 Championships
Fifteen Jets traveled to Smithfield Rhode Island to participate in the largest ever USATF New England Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships on Nov 17. Our runners were among the 850 youth who competed on the tough Deerfield Park course and as expected, our harriers did not disappoint, with nine of them placing in the top thirty of their age groups to qualify for the Region 1 Championships in Wappingers Falls, NY the following week.
Qualifiers were Keira (3rd ) and Gigi (12th) in the girls 8 & Under; Sam (4th) and Jacob (13th) in the boys 8 & Under; Hattie (5th), Vivian (11th) and Amy (12th) in the girls 9–10; Sergei (30th) in the boys 11 – 12 and Quinn (4th) in the boys 13–14. Other runners included Dasha, Charlotte, Bronwyn, Freddy, Jordan and Jaylin.
On November 24, three of those qualifiers went to the Region 1 Championships in bitter cold and windy upstate New York. Sam, Amy and Hattie braved the 28 degree weather to all qualify for the National Championships. Sam finished in 14th place in the 8 & Under race while Hattie and Amy took 4th and 19th in the 9–10 contest.
Congratulations to all who competed in both of these meets.
That’s the way to represent the Jets!
Quinn wins Mayor's Cup
October 27, 2013
The Jets had quite an impressive showing at the Mayor’s Cup Cross Country Championship in Franklin Park. We had 31 runners compete in the three 1.1mile youth races which attracted just under 400 kids age 14 and under from all around New England. Quinn put up the fastest time of the day while winning the 13-14 year old boys competition. Quinn ran a smart race, passing two competitors in the last 400 meters en route to a 12 second victory.
Among 10 and under girls, Hattie and Amy came in second and third with strong times and Sergei was fifth among 11-12 year old boys. In addition to those runners who all made top five, many Jets ran well, showing that the Jets are a team to watch out for in XC.
The team will compete in the USATF New England Junior Olympic XC Championships in Smithfield, RI on& November 17. We are sure to have a strong showing there.
Nine Jets ran in the Wayland XC Festival on October 13, 2013 at Wayland High School. This race, which has grown tremendously over the last few years, attracted 270 youth, representing each New England state except Vermont.
In the girls 10 and under race, Hattie and Vivian earned 4th and 5th places while Quinn and Sergei placed 2nd and 10th in the boys 11 – 14 race. Other participants were Ben and Jaylin in the 11-14 year old boys, Sean in the 11 – 14 girls, Gigi in the 10 and under girls and Jacob in the 10 and under boys. Each of our athletes performed well and showed that their hard work is beginning to produce results.
Jets Flying High at AAU Jr National Olympics
Earn 8 medals!
Detroit - July 2013
Nineteen members of the Cambridge Jets traveled to Ypsilanti, Michigan to compete with 10,000 of the nations best youth track and field athletes in the 2013 AAU Junior Olympics. Not only was that the largest group from any New England team to go to the JO's (either AAU or USATF) but it was also the largest Jets team ever to participate. Each of the Jets competed hard and gained valuable experience. Five of our athletes came home with a total of eight medals, the most medals of any New England team at either JO. It was the best overall performance by a Jets team ever at the Junior Olympics.
Our medal round-up was as follows: Peyton earned 8th in the 9 year old 400 with a 9-10 year old team record 1:09.28. Maya W. got 7th in the 11 year old high jump with a jump of 4 feet. Quinn ran to a 4th in the 13 year old 800 in 2:10.86 (PR) and a 3rd in the 1500 in 4:32.69 (PR). Maya H-A got a 4th in the 15 – 16 year old 800 (2:13.52 PR) and a 2nd in the 1500 (4:46.43) and Jordan triple jumped 45’ 2.5” for 6th place and hurdled 14.67 for 5th in the 17 – 18 year old division. Medals are given to the top 8 in each event.
In addition to the medals earned, the Jets were represented by 7 year old Jacob (Long Jump PR), 8 year olds Nina (Long Jump) and Kylee (100, 200, 400), 9 year old Peyton (100, 200), 10 year olds Mianci (100, 200 PR) and Amy (400 PR, 800) 11 year olds Maya W. (Hurdles, Pentathlon) Kaori (100, 200) and Stephen (400, Long Jump) 12 year olds Alexis (100, 200, Long Jump), Sergei (800, 1500 PR) and Trey (400 PR), 13 year old Davonte (100, 200, 400) 15-16 year olds Spikey (400) and Sam (Long Jump PR) and 17 – 18 year old Serena (100, 200).
Jets Win Needham Youth Classic
It’s hard to decide where to start when describing the Jets’ performance at the 2013 Needham Youth Classic, held on July 12 & 13. How about the three Athlete of the Meet trophies that the Jets won. Maybe the 15 different Jets who won 34 individual first place trophies. Or the 35 Jets who placed in the top eight in individual events. Let’s just say that the Cambridge Jets won the overall team trophy with an impressive all around performance, unmatched by any Jets team in recent years.
Jets Girls Dominate winning 3
Athlete of the Meet Trophies
Congratulations Kylee, Alexis and Maya W
Jets’ Athlete of the Meet performers were: Kylee (7-8 year old), with 5 1st place finishes, Maya W. (9-10), with 6 firsts and Alexis (11-12), with 4 firsts and 3 meet records. This is the third year in a row that the Jets have won the Girls 7-8 (Maya W. in 2011 & Peyton in 2012) and 9-10 (Alexis 2011 & Kaori 2012) AOM awards.
First place finishers were: 5-6 year old: Dasha (50, 300). 7-8: Kylee (50, 200, 300, 400, 800) Laila (50 Hurdles, 100). James (400). 9-10: Maya W. (50 Hurdles, 200, 300, HJ, LJ, TJ). 11-12: Alexis (TJ meet record, Standing TJ meet record, Standing LJ meet record, Shot Put), Stephen (50, 300, LJ, Standing LJ), Sergei (1500, 3000), Freddy (800). 13-14: Davonte (50), Sam (300), Quinn (1500). 15-16: Sydney (50, 100), Spikey (300), Maya (400).
Other Jets who finished in the top 8 in at least one event were: 5-6: Kyle. 7-8: Kayla, Gwen, Jacob. 9-10: Peyton, Mianci, MayaAngelina, Abby, Katarina, Edozie. 11-12: Kaori, Jordyn, Ifeanyi, Mia, Alyssa, Jordan C. 13-14: Bronwyn, Nadia, Sonia. 15-16: Camille. [Full Results]
This was the last meet of the year for all who are not going to the AAU Junior Olympics. The overall team results show clearly that the hard work that Jets athletes put in pays off for each individual and for the team. Nice job to all and good luck to those going on to the JO’s in Michigan!
Older Jets Earn Medals and Jackets at
Bay State Games Championships
July 13, 2013
While the most of the Jets were lighting up the track at the Needham Youth Classic, seven Jets were 20 minutes away, at Regis College participating in the Bay State Games Finals. Quinn won the Junior Boys 800. Alexis won the Junior Girls 100 and took home silver and bronze in the triple and long jumps.
In the Scholastic Division, Jordan won the triple jump and the 110 hurdles. Serena won the 200 and took 2nd in the 100, Spikey won the 400, Maya won the 800 and Camille earned 3rd in the 400.
To top that off, they all returned to Needham and, with the exception of Jordan who is too old, competed in the afternoon to help the team to victory there. Team spirit is what the Jets are all about. [Juniors Results] [Scholastic Results]
USATF Region 1 Championships
Icahn Stadium in Manhattan, NY
July 6 & 7
Twelve members of the Jets competed and had some good performances in this meet that most used as a chance to get in some additional good competition before the last two meets of the season. Jets athletes won three events, Kylee in the 400 and Maya in the 800 & 1500.
At the Region 1 Championships the top five in each event qualify for the USATF Junior Olympics but the Jets do not plan to go as a team. Five Jets qualified: James (8 & Under 200, 400), Kylee (8 & Under 200, 400), Spikey (15-16 400), Maya (15-16 800, 1500) and Serena (17-18 200). [Results]
Jets Qualify for
AAU Junior Olympic National Championships
New Brunswick, NJ - June 28–30, 2013
Amy set a new team record of 2:42.52
in 9-10 year old girls 800m
In our biggest and most important meet of the year so far, 28 members of the Jets went to New Brunswick, New Jersey and flexed their muscles in the AAU Area 1 National Qualifier. Once again our athletes put on a show winning 20 gold medals including 13 flat track races, the most of any of the almost 50 teams, 3 jumps, 2 hurdles, 1 multi event and 1 relay . Our total haul was the most gold medals of any Area 1 team (New England, New Jersey, New York) and was the second most of any team overall.
In addition to the 20 gold medals, our athletes earned 10 silver, 6 bronze and 10 fourth and fifth place finishes. Since the top 5 in each event qualify for the AAU Junior Olympics, we qualified 25 Jets in a total of 44 individual events and 2 relays.
Qualifiers for the Junior Olympics: Gold Medal winners Kylee 100, 200, 400 (new team records in each and meet record in the 400); Peyton 100, 200; Maya W. 80 Hurdles, High Jump, Pentathlon; Stephen 400, 4x400 Relay; Alexis Long Jump; Freddy, Trey & Sergei 4x400 Relay; Davonte 100, 200, 400; Quinn 800, 1500; Maya H-A 800, 1500; Jordan 110 Hurdles, Triple Jump. Silver Medal winners Nina Long Jump; Peyton 400; Amy 800 (new team record); Jordyn 100; Stephen Long Jump; Sergei 800, 1500; Sydney 100, 4x400 Relay, Spikey, Camille & Maya H-A 4x400 Relay; Isabelle 400 Hurdles. Bronze Medal winners Jacob Long Jump; Kaori 200; Alexis 100, 200; Freddy 400; Serena 200. 4th place Amy 400; MayaAngelina Long Jump; Kaori 100, Trey 400; Spikey 400, Serena 100. 5th place Mianci 100, 200; Jordyn 200, Sam Long Jump.
Congratulations to all Jets athletes for their hard work. Good luck to all those going to Michigan for the Junior Olympics at the end of July!
Jets Shine at USATF New England
Junior Olympic Championships
June 23, 2013
The Cambridge Jets reasserted our dominance of youth track and field in the area with a great display of speed and strength. The Jets won 29 gold, 6 silver and 10 bronze medals in the largest USATF NE meet ever. The next most prolific team earned 17 golds and only one other had more than 10.
The Jets power was most evident in the sprints where we took home 18 of a possible 36 gold medals. That’s 50 percent of the sprint gold medals in a meet with over 30 teams. To sum it up, our athletes put on quite a show!
Individual gold medals went to the following: 8 & Under Kylee 100, 200, 400; Laila Long Jump; James 200, 400, Long Jump; 9-10 year old Peyton 100, 200, 400; Amy 800; 11-12 year old Alexis 100; Kaori 400; Stephen 200, 400; Sergei 800; 13-14 year old Olivia 400; Davonte 400; 15-16 year old Sydney 100, 200; Spikey 400; Maya 800, 1500; 17-18 year old Serena 200, Jordan 110 Hurdles, Triple Jump.
Congratulations to them and to all of the Jets who competed.
Jordan is Boston Globe 2013 Track Athlete of the Year!
2013 AAU New England District
Track & Field Championship
Saturday June 15th,
Thayer Academy, Braintree, MA
Hosted by Cambridge Jets
[Meet Info] [Results] [Photos]
The Cambridge Jets competed in the New England AAU District Track Championship on June 15 and performed, as Coach Curtis said, better than any Jets team has in that meet since 2003. That is quite high praise for a team that is always at the top of it’s game for the district meet.
Overall, the Jets won 53 gold medals, 28 silver and 19 bronze medals. That's up from 39 gold, 12 silver and 7 bronze in 2012. Our athletes swept the top three places in nine events and we set meet records in 15 events. It was quite a good day for the Jets and it seemed like every time you looked up, there were Jets at the front of the pack.
The kids have been working hard and this is the time of year when it really pays off. During the next three or four weeks, look for them to push each other and for the coaches to try to bring out the best in each athlete.
Meet records went to: Kylee (8 & Under 200 & 400), Laila (8 & Under Long Jump), Peyton (9 year old 200 & 400), Vivian (10 year old 800) Jordyn (11 year old 200), Kaori (11 Year Old 400), Stephen (11 year old Long Jump), Alexis (12 year old Long Jump), Olivia (13 year old 100 Hurdles & HJ), Davonte (13 year old 400), Quinn (13 year old 1500) and Serena (17 – 18 year old 200).
Jets Enjoy Day at Fenway
Jets celebrated their end of the year banquet at the Champions Banquet Room in Fenway Park and then went on to watch the
Red Sox beat Tampa Bay.
Coach Curtis was honored for his work with the Jets and was on the infield when the first ball was thrown out. Above is his image on the jumbotron. Congrats Coach!
7th Bloomfield Youth Invitational
May 18, 2013
Kylee won Primary 400m with a meet record and
new Cambridge Jets record of 1:13.73
The Jets had 29 athletes participate in the 7th Annual Bloomfield Invitational in Bloomfield, CT on Saturday, May 18. They did a remarkable job, earning 10 gold, 10 silver and 6 bronze medals. Two Jets set meet records en route to a 2nd place girls and 8th boys team finish out of 16 scoring teams of each gender. In all, 23 different Jets scored (top 6) in at least one event.
Event winners: Kylee (Primary 200, 400 with a meet record and new Cambridge Jets record of 1:13.73 in the 400), Laila (Primary Long Jump), Vivian (Bantam 400), Peyton (Bantam 100, 200), Maya W. (Midget 80 Hurdles), Alexis (Midget High Jump, 200), and Olivia (Youth High Jump with a meet record jump of 4’11”). Silver medals: Laila (Primary 100, 200), Jasmine (Bantam Long Jump), Vivian (Bantam 800), Maya (Midget High Jump), Stephen (Midget Long Jump, 400), Quinn (Youth 400), Sam F. (Intermediate 200), Callum (Intermediate 400). Bronze: Lauren (Bantam Long Jump), Stephen (Midget 200), Quinn (Youth 800), Amy (Bantam 400, 800), and Olivia (Youth 400). Other point scorers were Gigi, Gwendolyn, Kayla, Kaori, Sergei, Trey, Nadia and Symone. Overall we more than doubled our point totals of last year. Nice job to all!
[full results] [photos]
Cambridge Jets take home medals from
MIAA All-State Championship Meet
Jets friends: Spikey and
Jordan at prom
On Saturday, June 1, four Cambridge Jets High School student/athletes took home medals from the Mass Interscholastic Athletic Association All-State Championship Meet.
Competing for BC High, junior Jordan Samuels continued his excellence in the Triple Jump winning the state championship by over a foot with a PR jump of 48’ 0.5”. Jordan also ran to a 5th place in the 110 hurdles in 14.67. Maya Halprin-Adams, a sophomore running for Cambridge Rindge and Latin, finished 3rd in the 800 with a PR 2:14.17 [video]
. Sophomores Spikey Freeman and Serena Hooker came in sixth in their sprints. Spikey, running for Brookline, ran a PR of 25.39 in the 200 [video]
and Serena, Algonquin Regional’s top sprinter, PR’d with a 12.36 in the semis en route to a 12.45 final in the 100 [video]
All four athletes qualified for the New England High School Championships.
It was a great showing by this Jets quartet in the blistering heat of Westfield, MA. They represented themselves, their schools and the Jets superbly. We can’t wait until they’re back on the track with the Jets soon, showing our young athletes their work ethic.
Cambridge Jets at the Massachusetts High School Divisional Meets, May 27, 2013
Over Memorial Day weekend, our high school age Jets competed in the Mass High School Divisional Meets. The top 4 in each divisional meet in each event automatically advance to the All State Meet on June 1, 2013. Top 8 performances by the Jets as follows:
Eastern Mass Division 1
Jordan 1st Place Triple Jump (47’7”), 2nd 110m Hurdles, 8th 4X100 relay; Sidney 2nd 100, 3rd 4X100; Spikey 2nd 200, 8th 4X100; Maya H. 3rd 800, 7th 4X400.
Central/Western Mass Division 2
Serena 4th 100, 2nd 4X100
Cambridge Jets Win Youth Relay in
New Balance Grand Prix Meet
Cambridge Jets continue to dominate the Youth Relay race at the New Balance Grand Prix meet winning the last 6 of 7 years. Every February, the New Balance meet is held at the Reggie Lewis track, where world class and Olympic runners come to compete. The meet holds a youth relay where local track teams send their best young sprinters (must be younger than High School age). The race has 2 boys and 2 girls running in a 4x200m. This year Olivia, Sam, Mianci and Davonte ran for the Jets, beating 5 other local teams.
The race was especially exciting because Mianci (10 years old) was asked to participate in the race only an hour before race time. Even though Mianci is fast for her age, all the other participants were 3-4 years older, quite a disadvantage, but she held her own. The Jets ran hard, had good hand offs and persevered. Watch the exciting race here:
JORDAN USATF ATHLETE OF THE MONTH FOR JULY 2012
Jordan Samuels is the USA Track & Field (USATF) - New England Athlete of the Month for July 2012. At the USATF Junior Olympic National Championships in Baltimore, Maryland, the last week of July, Samuels was a double medallist in the Boys' Intermediate (15-16) age division, earning 4th place in the triple jump with a mark of 44'11.75" and 5th place in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 14.87. He also won three events at the Region I Junior Olympic meet on July 8 to qualify for Nationals, and was a 2 event winner in the scholastic division at the Bay State Games on July 14. [more]
Jordan and Olivia place at USATF Indoor Nationals
March 10-11, 2012 - Normal, IL
Olivia Thorsgaard, Midget, ran to silver in the hurdles - 9.86 - and placed fourth in both the high jump and long jump.
Jordan Samuels, Intermediate, won both the Triple Jump (42'8") and 55m Hurdles (8.00, New National record), and also took 2nd in 55m (6.77).
Congratulations to Alexis!
National Champion in the Girls Bantam High Jump at
AAU Outdoor National Jr. Olympic Championships
August 1-6 2011, New Orleans
She was also 4th in the Triathalon and Davonte was 5th in the Sub-Midget 100m
Cambridge Jets win 7 National Champion Titles in Chicago at the USATF Indoor Youth Nationals, 2011
Victories included gold medals in the girls' youth 4 x 200m relay (1:46.41) and 4 x 400m relay (4:12.25). Both relays include: Spikey, Maya, Camille and Sydney. Other golds include Spikey in the youth girls 400m (1:01.13), Maya in the youth girls 800m (2:22.67)
, Sydney in the youth girls 55m (7.43) and 200m (26.53), Bryon in the intermediate boys' 55m (6.89). Bryon also earned a bronze in the 400m and Jordan brought home a bronze in the intermediate boys' triple jump and 5th place in the 55m hurdles! Since this is the first time that the USATF has held an indoor national championship, these winning times are National Records. These are truly performances to be proud of, and are indicative of GREAT coaching and very hard work on the part of the kids.
Thank you for visiting our internet site. The place for all the latest news and information about The Cambridge Jets organization, athletes and youth track in general. The Cambridge Jets Youth Track Club, Inc., a 501(c)3, is committed to the furthering of the sport of youth track, and most importantly the enrichment of the lives of the young men and women who make up the Cambridge Jets.
Cambridge Jets Cross Country and Sprinter Conditioning begins September 4 at Danehy: Practices will be Tuesday and Fridays from 6:30-7:30 at Danehy Park in Cambrige [Map]
Even if you are a returning Jet, register for the new season online at:
Cost for the fall session is $100 or $400 for the full year.
Mail checks made out to Cambridge Jets, to Alida Castillo at 188 Winchester St. Unit 2 Brookline MA 02446. Include the Consent form and physical.
For fall practice, Danehy is outdoors so dress accordingly and bring water bottle. If it rains, every effort will be made to send an email cancelling practice by 5pm. Regardless, please use your best judgement to stay safe even if you have to miss a practice.
Time to register for Jets new season:
Even if you are a returning Jet please fill out the online registration form.
Payment for the Jets is either, $100 for only the fall season or $400 for the entire year. (Indoor and outdoor seasons are $200 each). Please make check payable to Cambridge Jets.
The Jets never want to discourage participation due to financial reasons. If you are interested in financial aid: download financial aid form [PDF] and talk with Coach Curtis.
To complete your registration you must sign up online, print the consent form, make a check and physical and give them to Alida, or mail it to her at: 188 Winchester St., Unit 2, Brookline, MA 02446.
If you didn't print the consent form while registering. Here it is: [Download Consent Form]
Indoor practices will begin in November on Monday and Thursdays, 6:30-7:30 at the Harvard Indoor Track.
AAU membership: [here]
Membership runs from September-August
Cambridge Jets club 2014-15 membership code: WW79AB
Make sure that your child has the current club code attached to their membership
USATF membership: [here]
Membership runs from January-December
Cambridge Jets club code: 31
To be age verified you must send a copy of your child's birth certificate to USATFNE office:
by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
You have to verify birthdate once in your child's career, NOT every year.
If you child is less than 10 years old, spikes will not make much difference in your child's perfomance. If you still want to buy spikes, then make sure to buy MIDDLE DISTANCE SPIKES, regardless of the distance that they run. Younger children, who can not run on their toes with sprint spikes or handle the stiff long distance spikes, can hurt their feet if they run with inappropriate spikes.
Before purchasing spikes, please talk with your child's coach.
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Jets Qualifying Standards:
To represent the Jets in away meets, including National competitions you must meet these qualifying standards.
[Jets Qualifying Standards]
Up Coming Event
Wayland XC Festival
Sunday October 11
3K Race - Ages 11 to 14
9:30 AM Start
3K Race - Ages 10 and Under
10:00 AM Start
264 Old Connecticut Path Wayland, MA
Sunday October 18
1.1 Mile race
Franklin Park, Boston MA