Brock Silva sizzles as St. Bernard Flyers soar at big AAU track meet

Jul 6th, 2010 | By | Category: Sports

By Jim Bickford

Remaining undefeated in two distance races during the summer track season, 11-year-old Brock Silva continued to spearhead the St. Bernard Flyers at the district qualifier for the AAU Junior Olympic Games set for Virginia at the end of July.

Joining Silva as the mainstays of the Flyers, Chalmette High senior field performer André Dorsey won three medals for the parish age-based summer track and field club, including the gold medal in the young men’s high jump at Tad Gormley Stadium June 18-20.

Attending a basketball camp in Tennessee in anticipation of her senior year at Chalmette High, Jordan Hartney, who has won 10 medals in three throwing events in just a few meets this summer, likely would have been in position to add three more to her summer collection at this big AAU meet.

Maddie Myers, an upcoming seventh-grader at Trist Middle School and another key member of the Flyers, turned in strong races despite the brutally hot temperatures and triple digit heat index for distance running.

Myers qualified for the national meet in all three of the midget girls’ division (12-year-old) distance races – third in the 3,000 (14:51.31) and fourth in the 1500-meters (6:16.95) and 800-meter run (3:04.21).

By finishing in the top four places in any event, the St. Bernard athletes qualified to compete in 10 events at the age-group national track and field championship meet.

Running in the sub-midget division (11-year-old boys), Silva continued his gold-medal-winning, undefeated performances as he claimed the 3,000-meter run (13:32.16) and the 1,500-meter race (6:07.34) for the Holy Cross School sixth grader.

Dorsey qualified for the JO Games in all four of the field events he entered, including his gold-medal winning 6-2 leap in the high jump.

The upcoming Chalmette High three-sport senior and last spring’s district and regional Field Most Valuable Performer award winner, Dorsey placed third in the javelin (161-8) and discus (101-5) and fourth in the triple jump (43-6).

Nicole Henninger, who competes for the Lady Owls, placed fourth in the intermediate girls javelin (58-4).

Even thought she didn’t qualify for the national meet, primary girls’ Annelise Meyaski was in position to battle for the gold medal in the 800-meter run. Leading the race after the first lap and nearly half of the second lap, Meyaski and another runner collided, knocking the Flyers’ runner to the ground.

However, Meyaski showed her toughness and got back up and finished fifth (3:31.10) and would have easily run a personal record had it not been for the tragic collision. In the 400-meter dash, she did run a PR, clocking 1:33.65, the day before the tough race.

In the young men’s 1,500-meter run, Daniel Matherne, a senior at Chalmette and the district’s 800-meter runnerup during the prep season last spring, finished sixth in the longer race (5:08.64). He’s using the summer season to prepare for the four-lap distance event, the first time he’s ever raced that long.

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