Friday, September 15, 2000
Nitehawks shine on the track
Youth track teams from throughout Eastern Massachusetts gathered in Needham recently for the annual Needham Invitation Youth Classic Track Meet. Concord and Carlisle's very own Nitehawks Sports Club, a late entry to the field, surprised the other runners with their grit and determination. Although none of the Nitehawks had ever participated in a track meet before, the ten young athletes were able to place seventh out of 16 teams.
"This was a wonderful event for the kids. They really shone out there," said Coach Alex Ivanov. "These kids even surprised themselves with the success they achieved."
Stars for the Nitehawks included Carlisle's Tim and Tucker Marchese. Tim won the long jump, set a record in the softball throw for seven-year-old boys and placed in seven other events. Tucker dominated the field of five-year-old boys by running away with four first-place finishes. Ryan and Jenny Robinson took home eight medals between them.
The big surprise of the event was the performance of the nine-and-under boys' 4x100-meter dash. The Nitehawks team of Tim Marchese, Gabriel Rocco, Ryan Robinson and Chris Pettiglio teamed up to run away from a very experienced field. "That was an amazing race for the kids. None of them had ever run a relay before and passing the baton is a real challenge even for experienced runners," remarked Ivanov.
Other medalists for the Nitehawks included Chris Pettiglio in the decathlon, discus, 100m and 200m, Sal Razionale in the 800 and 1500, Alex Ivanov in the decathlon, javelin, 100m, 200m, 400m, and softball throw, Mike Pettiglio in the decathlon and Stephanie Ivanov in the softball throw, discus, triple jump and shot put.
Next up for the Nitehawks Sports Club is the start of the youth outdoor soccer season. Practice for the Nitehawks as well as the informal Nitehawks Fun Soccer and KinderKicks starts Saturday, September 9, at Banta Davis from 8 until 9:30 a.m. All kids from three to eight years old are invited to join the fun.
The Nitehawks are a not-for-profit sports team. Managed by parents, the group aims to provide an atmosphere to help kids grow and develop in a low-pressure environment and provide sports scholarships for needy children. If your children are interested in joining the Nitehawks or Kinderkicks, call coach Alex Ivanov at 287-5165 or administrator Val Wnukowshi at 371-1276.
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