Westfield Area YMCA Flyers Capture 11 State Titles at USATF Junior Olympics

Twenty-six athletes from the Westfield Area YMCA Flyers Track Club were among more than 700 athletes that competed at the State Junior Olympics on June 25-26 in Jersey City. 

One athlete set a meet record, three set club records and eight athletes brought home state championships. Two athletes won state championships in multiple events – Lidia Wright winning in three events and Millen Dhiman winning in two events. Overall, 18 athletes advanced to the Regional Junior Olympics in Slippery Rock, PA on July 7-10. 


Girls 13-14 Division: 4x100m Relay – Sydney Kessler, Lidia Wright, De’Janna Mathis, Grace Gloster.  3000m Race Walk – Diya Jain.  100m Hurdles & 200m Hurdles – Lidia Wright.   

Boys 13-14 Division: 3000m Race Walk – Brian Guterl.  Javelin - Alex Kessler.

Boys 11-12 Division: Discus & Javelin (meet record) – Millen Dhiman.

Also advancing to the regional championships: Rachel Biondo, Julia Ronnen, Anna Youssef, Jessica Zhou, Abigail Drennan, Ruth Sharlein, Lucia Junkroft, Reya Yadav, Isabella Pacheco and Pallavi Shah. 

The Westfield Area Y Flyers Track Club is dedicated to healthy competition, teamwork and individual development. The summer season will continue through July which will be followed by cross country in the fall.  For more information about the team, please visit the team’s website at or contact Michelle Almeida at 908-233-2700.