The New Canaan Running Club, only in its 2nd year, participated in one of the largest relay championships in New England on April 24th at the 12th annual Jim Keller Middle School Track & Field Relay Championships at New Fairfield High School, in New Fairfield, Connecticut.

In the span of three hours, the NCRC competed alongside 16 other teams in the 4x800m relay (Boys, 8th place: Will Foster, Will Dooley, Sean Knight, Christian Meier). (Girls, 9th place: Kaitlyn Popson, Dixie D’Amelio, Mary Grace Thomas, and Cali Brannan), the 4x400m relay (Boys: Jason Kurtzman, Sean Knight, Christian Meier, Will Foster). (Girls, 13th place: Kaitlyn Popson, Dixie D’Amelio, Mary Grace Thomas, Cali Brannan), and the Distance Medley (1200m, 400m, 800m, and 1600m) (Boys, 6th place: Will Dooley, Jason Kurtzman, Christian Meier, Will Foster).

It was a wonderful experience for the New Canaan Running Club members to learn how to stay mentally focused for three events in three hours, participate in a multi-event relay meet, and enjoy camaraderie with their teammates. Most importantly, these kids had fun! A big thank you to Coaches Alex and Kevin Portanova who prepared these kids well.