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Running: Nittany Track and Field opens summer season for youth

As the Nittany Track and Field youth club enters its 12th track season this summer, there is plenty to be excited about.

For the second year, the club will bring a USA Track & Field youth invitational meet to State College, on June 4, providing a competitive opportunity for all youth in the club. The young athletes who qualify to compete for national championships will not have far to travel this year as the USA Outdoor Youth National Championships will be held in Millersville July 1-3. “We will try to qualify as many kids as possible to represent our club at this competition,” organizer Mark Fedkin said.

While the club provides local, regional and national opportunities for youth who want to compete, it welcomes kids with any level of experience. “We create training opportunities in track and field events for both beginners and experienced athletes,” Fedkin said.

The summer track season is open to youth from 7 to 18 years old. Practices are held Monday through Thursday from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. starting May 2 and ending July 21. Registration is open on the club’s website at www.ntfxc.com and an orientation will be held at 6 p.m. on April 29 at the State College Area High School track.

Race results

Luc O won the Laurel Run Switchbacker 10K on March 5 in 39 minutes, 8 seconds. Christine Reynolds, of Newfield, N.Y., was the first woman in 49:59. The race was part of the Tussey Mountainback 50 Mile Relay and Ultramarathon’s Tussey Teaser series, which took runners up and back down the hilly first leg of the course in Rothrock State Forest. Reynolds won the 50-mile ultramarathon in 2006.

Wyatt Kline, 18, of Port Matilda, hopped through the Bunny Blitz 5K cross country trail run on March 26 to win in 19:13. Patrick Singletary, 50, of State College, was one second behind him. Hannah Rose, 26, of State College, won the women’s race in 21:42 with Carole Dudukovich, 49, of Port Matilda, on her heels in 21:46.

At the Run with the Law 5K on Saturday in downtown State College, Andy Cunningham, of Port Matilda, ran away from the field to win in 17:37. Kelly Lehtona, of State College, was the first woman and fourth overall in 21:08.

Meira Minard, of State College, was the first woman at the Mile Run Half Marathon trail race in 1:50:10. Matt Lipsey, of Kersey, was the overall winner in 1:32:42.

Despite a cold and blustery weather forecast, about 70 runners completed the NVRC Rodney Myers Memorial Run Around Egg Hill 10-miler on Sunday in Spring Mills. A.J. Kelly, of Altoona, won handily in 55:16, four minutes ahead of the next runner. Lauren Leonard also put more than four minutes on the second place woman, finishing in 1:12:36.

Race calendar

FaithCentre 5K and “King of the Hills” 10K, 10 a.m. Saturday, Bellefonte Area Middle School. Benefits the FaithCentre Food Bank and the Pet Food Pantry of Centre County. For more information and registration, visit the FaithCentre website: www.faithcentre.info.

April Fool’s 5K, 10 a.m. Sunday, Medlar Field. Proceeds benefit the Centre County Alumni Chapter Endowed and Emergency Scholarships and the State College Mini-Thon/Four Diamonds Fund. Register online at www.psucentre.org or on race day at Medlar Field.

Tussey to Whipple 11-miler, 9 a.m. April 10, Tussey Mountain Ski Area. Part of the Tussey Teasers series hosted by the Tussey Mountainback 50 Mile Relay and Ultramarathon, this race includes the first three legs of the Mountainback course. No registration fee but runners must arrange their own transportation back from Whipple Dam State Park. For more information, see www. tusseymountainback.com/events/tussey-teasers.

Linden Loop 5-mile run, 2 p.m. May 1, 111 Linden Hall Road, Oak Hall. The event, benefiting the Rock Hill School at Linden Hall, includes a 28-mile supported bike ride at 12:30 p.m., a 5-mile family recreational bike ride at 1 p.m., a 5-mile walk at 1:30 p.m., and the 5-mile run at 2 p.m., as well as free tours of the historic school. Website: http://rockhillschoolatlindenhall. blogspot.com. Online registration: http://bit.ly/linden loop2016.

Tara Murray writes a monthly running column for the Centre Daily Times. She can be reached via email at taraemily@gmail.com.

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