Three Track Club athletes place in Top 8 in the nation
LAWRENCE, KS – The week of July 24 saw the athletes of the Florence Track Club take on the greatest competition in the nation – the USATF Jr. Olympic National Championships. Fifteen of the 19 athletes who qualified in the regional tournament participated in this final competition, with three of the athletes becoming ‘All Americans’ – placing in the Top 8 in the nation.
Ellison Banner, 7-8 female, competing in the javelin with a throw of 17.49m received a medal for placing third in the nation.
Caelin Sloan, 11-12 female, competing in 1500m Racewalk with a time of 8:30.72 and Kamille Cunningham, 11-12 female, competing in the high jump with jump of 1.45m both received medals for placing seventh in the nation.
Other competitors included Kaleb Burroughs, 9-10 male, who competed in three events – 1500m race with a time of 5:16.05 (19th), 800m race with a time of 2:38.00 (26th), and javelin with a throw of 26.64m (19th); Kaylanna Burroughs, 9-10 female, in the 1500m race with a time of 5:58.72 (38th); Jordan Hilton, 15-16 male, in high jump with a jump of 1.65m (41st); Cassie Hitch, 11-12 female, in the 1500m racewalk with a time of 8:43.37 (9th) and high jump with a jump of 1.25m (39th); Rileigh Lacy (13-14 female) in pole vault with a height of 2.45m (19th); Tyae McWhite, 13-14 male, in high jump with a jump of 1.55m (25th); Brittany Sloan, 9-10 female, in the 1500m racewalk with a time of 11:01.48 (15th); Caelin Sloan, 11-12 female, in javelin with a throw of 21.99m (20th); Sarah Beth Small, 15-16 female, in 2000m Steeplechase with a time of 11:39.61 (32nd); Thandi Stewart, 13-14 female, in discus with a throw of 23.57m (44th); Hidde Verkoeijen, 9-10 male, in 1500m racewalk with a time of 13:54.04 (12th); Ja’Marcus Williams, 9-10 male, in javelin with a throw of 18.14m (40th) and long jump with a jump of 3.72m (36th); and Kavan Reynolds, 11-12 male, competed in high jump.
All of the athletes of the Florence Track Club competed well against the toughest competition in the nation and should be proud of their accomplishments. Recognition by the City for those who were State Champions, Regional Champions, and All Americans will take place on Monday, Aug. 14 at the City/ County Complex. Athletes and coaches will be recognized by the City Council for their great 2017 season.
The cross country season is around the corner with signups underway with the City of Florence Parks and Recreation division. If interested go on-line to sign up at the Florence Track Club website: www.florencetrackclub.com/announcements.