Local Track Teams Compete At The 17th Annual REK Invite
Published: May 7th, 2024
By: Morgan Golliver

Local track teams compete at the 17th annual REK Invite Congratulations to the Norwich Track and Field seniors, who were recognized during the REK Invite. Pictured L to R: Richard Fuller, Gabe Blenis, Spencer Root, Holden Ryan, and Lucas Craddock. (Photo from NCSD)

SIDNEY – Due to the ongoing construction at Norwich High School, the Norwich Purple Tornado track and field team hosted the 17th annual REK invitational at Sidney this year.

The REK invitational is held every year in honor of three Norwich alums; Rachael Nargiso, Emily Collins, and Kate Almeter, who tragically passed away in November of 2000.

Norwich, Oxford/Greene, Bainbridge-Guilford, and Unadilla Valley ran in the meet to represent the local Chenango County teams. The Sidney girls and the Norwich boys won the meet, which next year should be held back at Norwich High School on a new and improved track. Norwich also honored its senior class. Congratulations to Gabe Blenis, Lucas Craddock, Richard Fuller, Spencer Root, and Holden Ryan. The MVPs of the meet are; Lucas Craddock (Norwich), Richard Fuller (Norwich), Dejah Taylor (Sidney), and Alex Neubert (Sidney).



The Norwich Purple Tornado girls’ track team finished fifth in the meet with 47 points. The girls’ 4x100 team took third and the 4x800 earned fourth to round out the team events before many girls stood out in their own individual events.

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Annie Boland finished second in the 2000 meter steeplechase with a time of 9:05.88, just shy of Edmeston/Morris’ leader’s 8:50.86. Boland also finished eighth in the 800 meter run, where teammate Kyra Brunick-Davis took 12th place and Emilia Pepe finished 19th. Pepe set a new personal record in the 1500 meter run with a best time of 6:13.11 for 12th place.


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