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Hasbrouck Heights Council Honors Sixth Grade Athlete Making Local History

Anthony Dilascio, center, is recognized for his achievements in the track program. Left to right, are coach Tom Hughes, Council person Sonya Buckman, Mayor John DeLorenzo, Robert Brady, Recreation Director, coach Jim Ryan and Councilman Pete Traina.
Anthony Dilascio, center, is recognized for his achievements in the track program. Left to right, are coach Tom Hughes, Council person Sonya Buckman, Mayor John DeLorenzo, Robert Brady, Recreation Director, coach Jim Ryan and Councilman Pete Traina. Photo Credit: Faith Ballantine-Armonaitis
Anthony and his family and coaches after the meeting. Left to right, Chief of Police Michael Colaneri, Sr., sisters Angelina and Giana, parents James and Tina, and coaches Jim Ryan and Tom Hughes.
Anthony and his family and coaches after the meeting. Left to right, Chief of Police Michael Colaneri, Sr., sisters Angelina and Giana, parents James and Tina, and coaches Jim Ryan and Tom Hughes. Photo Credit: Faith Ballantine-Armonaitis

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, N.J. — Sixth grader Anthony Dilascio is making history in Hasbrouck Heights.

The young track star was honored at Hasbrouck Heights’ Town Council meeting Tuesday night as the first athlete in the borough's recreation track program to qualify for the U.S.A. Track and Field Junior National Championships.

He competed in Sacramento, Cali. over the summer for the event.

“You can’t be any prouder to have a kid like this representing our community or state,” said Robert Brady, Director of Recreation.

Even after all of his teammates were finished for the season, Dilascio continued to train through the summer, Brady recalled.

First, he prepared for the 2016 Region 2 Junior Olympics at Widener University in Chester, Penn., then the national meet.

He may have been disappointed, said Brady, but he came in 32rd of 75 of the fastest 10-year olds in the nation.

“I want to thank everyone who helped me to achieve this goal,” the athlete said. “My coaches, friends and family helped me and believed in me so much. It is an honor to represent Hasbrouck Heights. I am lucky to live in such a great town.”

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