Published March 12, 2019
NEW YORK CITY — Over the weekend, high school athletes from all over the country embarked on the New Balance Armory in New York City to compete against the best.
The meet itself is a preview of some future NCAA Champions and Olympians. The qualifying standards are strict. While many set their sights on All American honors, every competitor got an opportunity to have an experience they will never forget.
The Warriors were well represented by three strong athletes. Two are now school record holders and one is a very talented freshman with plenty of potential.
School record holder, Olivia Fetherston, a junior, showed consistency all season as the top jumper in the Middlesex League and one of the best jumpers in the whole state of Massachusetts. Her jump of 5’3” at Nationals on Friday allowed her an opportunity to match her school record height of 5’5”. She came very close on all three of her jumps but can still walk away from a trip worthwhile. Of the 58 girls who qualified in both the championship and emerging elite divisions, only 26 cleared the 5’5” or higher.
Tanner Jellison had a strong run finishing with a time of 1:58.60 in the 800, an event he has not run this season but qualified for from his school record 1000 meter run of 2:32. He placed 47th out of 55 qualifiers. The time is Wakefield’s 2nd fastest time for an indoor 800 behind UMass Lowell’s Jackson Gallagher.
Bradley Diaz had a great run in his first National Championship. He qualified for the freshman 400 meter run through his 600 meter run of 1:27 this season. Having only raced the 400 meter distance in relays this season, he ran his first open 400, winning his section in a time of 53.23 and placing 28th overall with 51 qualifiers from across the country.
Fetherston, Jellison, Diaz and the rest of the Wakefield Warriors will have a one week break before the spring season kicks off on Monday.