Tuesday, November 28, 2023

NFA Track Team Takes Home Coveted Wheel at Penn Relays

The Newburgh Free Academy girls’ and boys’ track teams earned numerous medals while competing at the prestigious Penn Relays in Philadelphia over the weekend. One of the boys’ teams took home the coveted Penn Relay Wheel.

The Newburgh boys ran in a 4x800m relay, 4x100m relay and 4x400m relay. The girls competed in a 4x100m relay and a 4x400m relay.

Members of the NFA Track Team pose at the Penn Relays. (Photo by Kathi Workman)

The boys 4×400 relay team won their heat, earned gold medals, and took home the coveted Penn Relay Wheel. The team consisted of Anthony Burnett, Anthony Barrett, David Pinnock, Brady Danyluk.

The Wheel is one of track and field’s most revered awards, owning a history that traces back more than 100 years. According to MileSplie, “Winning one, if you’re lucky enough to do so at The Penn Relays, is coveted by athletes and teams from all over the U.S. It is a legacy that has lasted the test of time.” The last Wheel to come back to NFA was the girls 4x400m relay team in 2019.

Additionally, both teams competed in the Kingston Tiger Relays held at FDR High School on Saturday. Many medals were won and the boys and girls Freshman/Sophomore teams took third place overall.

In addition to Burnett, Barrett, Pinnock, and Danyluk, the boys’ teams were represented at the Penn Relays by Devin Batelic, Bryce Buxton, Joe Gaito, Kendy Georges, Jordan Hidalgo, Nakei Johnson, Quinston Leathers, DeJuan McKenzie, and Devon Pinto.

The girls’ teams represented at the Penn Relays consisted of Crystal Beauford, Denisha Cruz, Isabella Delgado, Delannia Gabriel, Jada Moody, Norah Scruggs, Natalia Sweat, Lauren White, and Alyssa Worrell.

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