Rye High School sophomore <<Natalie Weiner>> had a stellar indoor track season, which culminated in her qualifying for States. At the Section 1 Indoor Track State Qualifier Meet on February 24, Weiner placed third in the 1500 Meter with a school record time of 4:45.57.
Prior to the meet, Weiner broke the school record in 1600 Meter as well as the 3000 Meter. She set a meet and school record in the mile at the Tim St. Lawrence Invitational Meet with a time of 5:12. Her time in the mile race earned her a spot in The New Balance Nationals for Emerging Elites competition.
At the league meet, Weiner won all three of her races — the 3000, 1500, and the 4×800 Relay.
Weiner came in second at Counties in the 1500 Meter with a time of 4:47 and second in the 3000 Meter at the Class B Sectionals with a school record time of 10:32.
Coach John McGee said, “Natalie has had a sensational winter season. She has broken school records in the 3000 and 1500 meters. She overcame an injury in early January and worked back through physical therapy. The reason for her success is quite simple: dedication and hard work.”
The State Meet is March 4 at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex on Staten Island. Nationals will be held at the NYC Armory on March 11.
— Melanie Cane
Natalie Weiner with her State Qualifier Medal