LTC runners qualify for national championships

Based on their top-five finishes at the Region 1 Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships last weekend, Alex Brites and Annabelle Shanks of the Litchfield Track Club qualified for the National Junior Olympics Track and Field Championships in Sacramento, Calif., next week.

The Region 1 meet was held in Port Jefferson, Long Island, and included age-group competitors from 8 to 18 from all of New England, Long Island, and upstate New York.

Brites, of Waterbury, qualified in the boys’ 17-18 3000-meter race on Friday under sweltering conditions. Shanks, of Litchfield, the Berkshire League champion this spring in the 100 meters, qualified in that event on Saturday and then in the 200 meters on Sunday in the girls’ 17-18 division.

Also competing during the weekend were Robin and Pink Wright of Goshen. Both runners placed in the top 10 in their events in the boys’ 15-16 age group.