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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.
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
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
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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