Wilton Running Club qualifies five for national meet

Wilton Running Club qualifies five for national meet
Wilton Running Club qualifies five for national meet

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The Wilton Running Club 4x100 relay team of, from left, Ashley Nicoletti, Abby Ota, Shelby Dejana, and Elena Tan qualified for the Junior Olympics nationals.

The Wilton Running Club 4x100 relay team of, from left, Ashley Nicoletti, Abby Ota, Shelby Dejana, and Elena Tan qualified for the Junior Olympics nationals.

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Shelby Dejana of the Wilton Running Club had a big day in qualifying for the Junior Olympics National meet.

Shelby Dejana of the Wilton Running Club had a big day in qualifying for the Junior Olympics National meet.

Photo: Contributed Photo / Hearst Connecticut Media

WILTON -- The Wilton Running Club qualified five athletes for the National Junior Olympics to be held in Lawrence, Kansas from July 24-30.

Each athlete had to place in the top 8 in the CT association meet and top 5 in the Region 1 meet held in Fitchburg, Mass., earlier this month.

The USATF Region 1 is comprised of 11 associations in eight states from New Jersey to Maine.

Shelby Dejana was the big story for the WRC by qualifying in four events in the 13-14 division: Second in the 200 meter hurdles in 29.08; 2nd in the 4x100 relay in 52.91; 3rd in the 100 meter hurdles in 15.44 and 3rd in the 100-meter dash in 13.02.

Dejana also competed in the Pentathlon and placed 3rd in that event with 2,265 points.

Her 200-meter hurdle time is ranked 11th in the country this year.

“Shelby had a fantastic weekend”, said Coach Kevin Foley. “She competed in nine total events and 11 event heats over two days and excelled in them all.”

The weekend was not without drama for the WRC as the 13-14 division 4x100 team of Elena Tan, Ashley Nicoletti, Dejana and Abby Ota was interfered with by a competing team but still managed to come in second in a club record time of 52.91 and qualify for the national meet.

The WRC team was edged out by a team from Valley Stream, NY by .16 seconds.

“We were seeded No. 1 and undefeated going into this meet and there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that had the interference not occurred we would still be No. 1 and undefeated in the region,” Foley said. “It is what it is and credit goes to each of the girls for keeping their composure.”

The other qualifier for the WRC was Sam Kurian, who qualified in the 11-12 division 400M dash in a time of 1:07:68 to finish in fifth place.

Kurian also placed 7th in the 11-12 division 800 meter in a time of 2:34:36 and another PR for him.

Additional Region 1 competitors for the WRC were as follows:

Boys Divisions

William Arnold (9-10) - 13th in the 1500 meter

Vihan Jayawardhane (11-12) - 8th in the 400 meter

Brivic Sato (11-12) - 11th in the 400 meter

Dev Madhavani (11-12) - 12th in the 1500 meter

Ryan Rupprecht (13-14) - 6th in the 3000 meter; 11th in the 1500 meter

Thomas Arnold (13-14) - 8th in the 3000 meter; 13th in the 1500 meter

Michael Biondo (13-14) - 9th in the Discus; 10th in the Shot Put

Wooder Thoby (15-16) - 18th in the 100 meter; 13th in the Shot Put and 11th in the Long Jump

John Wise (15-16) - 19th in the 100 meter; 18th in the 200 meter and 10th in the Shot Put

Girls Divisions:

Caitlyn Garcia (11-12) - 19th in the 400 meter

Tara Slovinski (11-12) - 20th in the 400 meter

Abby Ota (13-14) - 11th in the 100 meter

Ashley Nicoletti (13-14) - 7th in the Long Jump; 12th in the 200 meter and 19th in the 100 meter

Elena Tan (13-14) - 9th in the 800 meter; 8th in the 4x400 relay

Hailey Looney (13-14) - 12th in the 800 meter; 8th in the 4x400 relay

Olivia Flatt (13-14) - 8th in the 4x400 relay

Cailyn Goetz (13-14) - 8th in the 4x400 relay

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