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Zodiacs’ Cross Country Team is ready for their big test on Sunday, October 11, the MAC Championship at Van Cortlandt Park. The top youth cross country runners of New York, will be competing in this event. The children has been training hard at Van Cortlandt Park and are expected to do well.

Special congratulation to Zodiacs’ Simone Grant, who ran for Christopher Columbus High School in the 2.5 mile cross country race in the Mayor’s Cup Championships at Van Cortlandt Park on Saturday, October 4. There were more than 170 teams representing over 2,300 runners competing in the Mayor’s Cup Championship.

Simone, as a freshman. ran in the 2.5 Mayor’s Cup Varsity Championship and medal with time of 19:17.

The Zodiacs Track Team develops and trains girls and boys for track and field competition. This training teaches them to be competitive and successful on a local and national level. The team provides an activity where girls and boys can channel their energies in a positive manner. This helps to build self esteem and through successful competition, they see themselves as achievers. The organization develop young minds through trips, cultural affairs, fun activities and by exposing them to a sport filled with other athletes of all colors, nationalities and cultural backgrounds.

School report cards are checked to make sure academic standards are being met by the athletes. They strive to provide an atmosphere where members will be encouraged to attend college or other institutions of higher education and become responsible adults; to enable the boys and girls to showcase their skills to potential college admissions and athletic department personnel, particularly the major regional competitive meets. This exposure will give those athletes additional leverage in competing for college scholarships.

Several free clinics were given at schools to promote track and field and health and fitness. The clinic will consist of stretching, running drills, 100 meter race, 200 meter and 4 x 100 meter relay race.

Your children will be in good hands with over 30 years of history and experience. The organization has four coaches and one assistance coach. They also have a certified strength tTrainer (Hawkins Family Fitness) in Section 5. Anyone interested in joining the Zodiacs Track Team, they can meet at Truman High School’s track on Tuesdays or Thursdays for the month of October between 6 and 8 p.m.

For information regarding a clinic at your school or for your organization or if you wish to sponsor a child or give a donation to the Zodiacs Track Foundation, send your tax deductible contribution, made payable to: Zodiacs Track Foundation and send to PO Box 67, Bronx, New York 10475. For additional information call president Thomas Francis at (718) 679-2060 or Winston Dinkins at (914) 441-6196, email WATCLT@AOL.COM or visit our web site ZODIACSTRACK.ORG

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