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Young Westchester Runners Shine At National Track Competition

Jonah Gorevic, 11, of Rye races to a new national record of 4:27 in his age group of the 1500-meter run. Photo Credit: Provided/USATF
National Indoor Track medalists, from left, Olivia Curran, Jonah Gorevic, Julia Plawiak and Pippa Nuttall Photo Credit: Provided
The runners who qualified for, and competed at Nationals. (front row) Olivia Curran and Pippa Nuttall; back row, from left, Josh Goldberg, Jonah Gorevic, Curtis Alter, Julia Plawiak, Leart Bakraqi and James Spencer (Not pictured) Ari Bakraqi Photo Credit: Provided

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Four local runners earned All-America status this month during USA Track & Field Youth Indoor Championships in Maryland.

Jonah Gorevic of Rye, a sixth-grader at Hackley School in Tarrytown, set new national youth records in both the 1,500-meter run (4:36.23) and the 3,000-meter run (9:44.97) for 11- to 12-year-old boys.

The competition took place March 13-15 during the Hershey Youth Indoor Championships in Landover, Md.

Jonah also placed second in his age group running 800 meters in 2:21.28.

Jonah, who is now 11 years old, set a world record as a 10-year-old, running the mile in 5:01 in June 2014. His parents are Jason and Diana Gorevic, both of whom have run marathons and half-marathons.

Westchester Tailwind Track Club had another national champion in the 3000-meter run in the girls' 15/16 age group: Olivia Curran of White Plains ran 11:15.57 for first place and All-America status. Her father, Carl, is coach of the Tailwind Track Club. Olivia also placed fifth in the 1500-meter run with a time of 5:14.68.

Here are other local runners named All-America:

Pippa Nuttall of Katonah (15-16-year-old girls). She placed second in the 3000-meter run with a time of 11:17.21. She also placed fourth in the 1500-meter run with a time of 5:12.31. Julia Plawiak of Yonkers (9-10-year-old girls) She placed second in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 5:27.45 and fifth in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:47.23.

Five additional local athletes qualified for and participated in the USATF Youth Nationals at Prince George’s County Sports and Learning Complex: Josh Goldberg and Curtis Alter, both of Mamaroneck; Ari and Leart Bakraqi of Yonkers and James Spencer of West Harrison.

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