The Napa Track Club sent seven athletes to the USATF Region 14 Junior Olympic Outdoor Track and Field Championships, July 8-10, in Stockton. The Region 14 meet is the qualifying event to Nationals in Wichita, Kan., July 26-31. The Napa Track Club had a strong showing at the Region 14 meet, qualifying six athletes for the opportunity to travel to Wichita, Kan.
In the bantam girls division, Aisley Wallace-Harper competed in the long jump and the mini-javelin. Wallace-Harper made it to the finals in both events, but she just missed qualifying for Nationals as she placed seventh in the mini-javelin and finished out a successful season.
Also in the bantam girls division, Isabel de Blois continued her winning ways in the 1,500-meter racewalk with a time of 9:58. De Blois had an outstanding championship season, winning the Pacific Association Championship and both Junior Olympic Association and Region 14 meets. De Blois’ time is ranked in the top-10 in the nation, according to Elite Youth Ranking System.
In the midget girls division, Donna Roscoe won the 1,500-meter racewalk, finishing the season undefeated on the West Coast. Roscoe has now qualified for the second year in a row for Junior Olympic Nationals. The Youth Racewalking Chair for the Pacific Association, Becky Klein said, “Donna continued her dominance in the Pacific Association.” Roscoe is currently ranked eighth in the nation, according to Elite Youth Ranking System.
In the midget boys division, Solomon Tinnon competed in the shot put, discus and high jump. Tinnon had an outstanding meet as he qualified for the national meet, taking fifth place in the high jump, just missing in the two other events as he took sixth in discus and seventh in shot put.
In the intermediate girls division, Ashley Augustus competed in the javelin. Augustus performed well as she brought home the silver medal along with a personal record and qualifying for the national meet.
In the intermediate boys division, William Yates competed in the high jump. Yates worked hard through a recent back injury and was able to bring home the bronze medal and a qualifying ticket to the national meet.
Brendan Cardey competed in the javelin and was able to score a bronze medal and a trip to Wichita, Kan. Cardey and Roscoe will be the only two club members that will be competing at the national meet in Kansas, as the other qualifiers had conflicting schedules and were not able to make the trip.
Also in recent weeks, Danny Harrop knew he wouldn't be able to compete at the Junior Olympic National meet, so the Harrop family decided to take the trip to Myrtle Beach, S.C., for the USATF Junior National Meet that took place on June 28-July 3. Harrop won the Pacific Association Championship meet in the discus and had met qualifying marks to be able to attend the Junior National Meet. Harrop made the medal stand as he brought home the sixth-place medal in discus and was the only athlete from the West Coast to make the medal stand in that event. Harrop and all the other throwers had very productive seasons, thanks to the coaching from Brian Wilson, who has been a great addition to the coaching staff of the Napa Track Club.