Two Foresthill members of the Sierra Foothill Track Club have qualified for the USATF Hershey National Junior Olympic Championships after competing in the USATF Region 14 Junior Olympics meet held recently in Fresno.
Region 14 consists of athletes from Northern and Central California. The top five placers in each event advance to the National Junior Olympics during July 23-29 in Greensboro, N.C. In order to compete in the Region 14 Junior Olympics two-day event held at Fresno Pacific University on July 7-8, Sierra Foothill Track Club athletes must qualify as a top eight placer at the USATF Pacific Association Junior Olympic Championships held at College of San Mateo.
In the 15-16 year-old division, Noah Potts was fourth in Triple Jump at 34-11.75 at the Region 14 meet in Fresno. He set a new personal record this summer with a jump of 37-1 at the Pacific Association meet in San Mateo.
In the 17-18 year-old division, Meredith Carpenter qualified for the National Championship in three events. She set new personal records this season in all three events – Long Jump, 400m Hurdles (30”), and Javelin. Meredith was second in Long Jump with a jump of 14-4. She jumped a personal best of 14-8.5 at the regional qualifying meet in San Mateo. She threw the javelin 63-3.75, earning a fifth place medal and a personal record. Her most challenging event was the 400 meter hurdles (30”), which she completed in 1:18.86, placing third and setting a personal record.
Sierra Foothill Track Club is led by Foresthill High School Track and Field and Cross Country Head Coach, Jeff Gallero, and is based in Rocklin. Both athletes are also members of the Foresthill Wildfire Track and Field team.