Eleven Napa Track Club athletes qualified for this week’s USA Track and Field Junior Olympic National Championships in Lawrence, Kansas by scoring top-five finishes in 18 events at the Region 14 finals at De Anza College in Cupertino, a two-day meet with competitors from the Northern and Central California and western Nevada.
Casey Potrebic had an outstanding meet, qualifying in four different events with very different skills. He won the 13-14 boys javelin (36.13 meters), captured fifth place in the triple jump, and rounded his Junior Olympics ticket by placing fourth in 800 meters (2:11.20) and fifth in the 1500 meters (4:33.44).
Other gold medalists were in the 13-14 girls division. Sofia Tinnon won the shot put with a personal record of 11.68 meters and was second in the javelin. Ainsley Adams won the 3000-meter race walk and retained her Region 14 title.
In the 9-10 girls division, Lucy Morris won the high jump with a personal record of 3 feet, 7 inches and also made the top five of the NTC record books.
Mady Goyt finished her club track season on a strong note, bringing home three medals and qualifying for the national meet. She was third in the 100-meter dash, fourth in the 100 hurdles, and second in the 400 hurdles.
Along with Potrebic in the 13-14 boys division, Ben Stewart brought home medals with a fourth in the discus and a fifth in the javelin. Liam Wallace-Harper had personal bests in the high jump, where he was fifth, and the 100 hurdles, where he was fourth. Tristan Hug had a big personal best in the high jump, where cleared 5-5 and brought home the bronze medal.
Josephine Weis was fourth in the 17-18 girls triple jump and Kendall Martin was fifth in the javelin.
Ryan Searl made the finals in the 100 and 200 meters, placing sixth and eighth.
Napa Valley Girls Fastpitch Association
R.E. Maher Construction has already clinch the Major Division championship for the 13-15 age division at Kiwanis Park, due to runner-up Binstock Enterprises not having enough players. Instead of playing a best-of-three series for the championship this week, Maher is playing a select all-star team for fun.
In Monday’s opener, the All-Stars won 11-7.
Leading the All-Stars were Berkeley Kramer (1 for 2, RBI), pitcher Cierra Yeager (2 for 3, RBI), Jocelyn Stojack (1 for 2, two RBIs), Loli Mora (2 for 3, three RBIs) and Daniella Contreras (1 for 2, RBI).
R.E. Maher was paced by Jordan Allen (1 for 2, two RBIs), pitcher Sarah Husted (2 for 3, two RBIs), Olivia Vavricka (1 for 2, RBI), Destiny Gradias (1 for 2, two RBIs), Clare Halsey (1 for 2), Nena Connell (1 for 2) and Angelina Miller (1 for 2, RBI).
In the first game of the Senior Division title series, Kylee Malley pitched well and Branagan amassed several hits and RBIs in a 21-3 rout of A.M.P. Construction.
For A.M.P., Ashley Kelly pitched the first three innings and Lea Hatzenbiler pitched the last two.
The second games will be Wednesday, with the Seniors playing at 6 p.m. and the Majors at 8 p.m.