Tanish Chettiar’s standout performance in cross-country earned him a trip cross country last month.
The Los Altos resident qualified for the USA Track & Field National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships in Hoover, Ala.
He was among the approximately 3,000 runners, ages 8-18, who competed in the Dec. 10 meet at Veterans Park.
“It was a learning experience,” said Tanish, a seventh-grader at Egan Junior High School. “I was very fortunate to have an opportunity to qualify and run with some of the fastest kids in my age group in the country. It was a tough race and I was a bit nervous, though I am looking forward to training next year.”
He completed the 5-kilometer course in 13 minutes, 2.29 seconds, which was good enough for 295th place.
“Tanish did great,” said his mom, Namrita Chettiar. “He had a personal goal to beat his own PR (personal record) but could not do so. Either way, we are proud that he got this far.”
Tanish advanced to junior nationals with a strong performance at the USATF Region 14 Junior Olympics Nov. 27 in Folsom. He placed 19th in the Boys 11-12 division with a time of 12:09.
Tanish trains and competes with the Peninsula Flyers, a youth cross-country and track and field club founded by head coach Michael Davidson in 2013. Davidson is a St. Francis High graduate.
Tanish “is already gearing up for the track season,” Namrita said. Last summer, he represented the Flyers in the 4x800-meter relay at the USATF Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships.