Seven athletes from the Arlington Track Club will lead a cast of local high school track and field athletes at this weekend’s New Balance National Indoor Championships.
The three-day event starts Friday at the Armory Track and Field Center in New York.
“This may be our strongest group. I’ve had great relays and individuals, but this is probably the best combination of individuals and relays we’ve had go to nationals,” Arlington coach Steve Arnett said.
Arlington sprinters Zola Golden and Trenten Beram are entered to run two events apiece as is distance runner Bella Burda.
Golden, who has the state’s top time this season in the 300- and 400-meter dashes, is scheduled to run the girls 200 and 400.
Beram, who has the state’s top time in the 55 and 200 during the 2013-14 indoor season, is an entrant in the 60 and 200.
Burda is planning to run the two-mile and 5,000-meter runs. Arnett said Burda injured her ankle at practice on Monday but is expected to run this weekend.
Arlington also has a boys distance medley and 3,200 relay entered. Tom Wimmers, Steve Morrison and James Asselmeyer are running both relays with Beram joining them in the distance medley and Tym Lotocky being the fourth runner in the 3,200.
“We have very good kids going to nationals. They all have the potential to medal (by finishing in the top six) but it’s not going to be easy. Anything can happen,” Arnett said.
Leah Wachsmuth, a senior at Roy C. Ketcham High School, is scheduled to compete in the pole vault.
Wachsmuth has the sixth-best vault of the season in New York state, 11 feet, 3 inches at the Suffern Invitational.
“She’s a gamer. She rises to the occasion and always does her best when the competition is at its best. My expectation is she’s going to be right there at the top,” Ketcham coach David Budd said.
Marlboro’s Courtney Warden is registered to run in the emerging elite 60-meter hurdles at nationals after placing fifth in the 55-meter hurdles at the state meet. The 60-meter hurdles is the weekend’s first event, being contested at 9 a.m. Friday.
“It’s amazing from one meet to the next how she’s cut her time because the competition is better. I can only see her doing well at nationals because the competition will be better,” Marlboro coach Tom Fassel said.