BRONX, N.Y. – Yorktown’s Briscella McAuliffe, 8, was named New York State Youth Athlete of the Month for September by USA Track and Field.

Briscella earned the honors after winning a USATF meet in Van Cortlandt Park (The Bronx) on Sept. 22. She finished the 2K race in 8:36—30 seconds faster than the second-place finisher in the 8-and-under division.

Three weeks later on Oct. 13, she again won another 2K meet at the same park, improving her time by 10 seconds. She now holds the third fastest time for her age group at Van Cortland Park.

Briscella is a member of the Westchester Striders Track and Field Club. She has been running for a year and competes in Cross country, indoor and outdoor track.