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FWTC athletes head to USATF Junior Olympic Track & Field National Championships
By HOLLY GENEST
Several athletes from the Federal Way Track Club (FWTC) have earned the right to compete at the USATF Junior Olympic Track & Field National Championships in Sacramento, Calif.
To qualify for the national meet, these athletes had to first finish in the top-eight at the local USATF Junior Olympic (JO) Track & Field Association Championships, which took place June 26 and 27. They then had to finish top-three at the USATF Junior Olympic Track & Field Regional Championships. The Regional meet consisted of the top-three finishers from Western Washington, Eastern Washington and Oregon. That meet took place July 11 and 12.
The nine FWTC athletes who will be competing at this week's Junior Olympic National Championships will be:
Andy Jowett: The 18-year-old will be competing in the hammer throw. Jowett’s personal best is 166 feet, 7 inches.
Chris Schroll: The 18-year-old won the 2-kilometer steeplechase at Regionals with a time of 6:36. Schroll’s personal best is 6:26.
Cory Okazaki: The 18-year-old will be competing in both the 110-meter hurdles and the 400 hurdles. Okazaki’s best times are 14.75 and 55.57, respectively.
Adrianna Royal: The 17-year-old will be competing in three events, 800, 1,500 and the 2k steeplechase. Royals’ best times are 2:21, 4:56 and 7:30, respectively. Royal set a new Regional record in the steeplechase.
David Goldstone: The 15-year-old will be competing in both the 1,500 and the 3,000. Goldstone’s best times are 4:17 and 9:09, respectively.
Jesse Goldstone: The 11-year-old will be competing in three events, 1,500, 3,000 and the 4x800m relay. Goldstone’s best times are 4:50 and 10:34, respectively. The 4x800 consists of Goldstone, Brendan Myrick, Nicolas Goleeke and David Howard. The team’s best time is 10:25.
David Howard: The 12-year-old will not only be competing on the 4x800 relay, but he will also be competing in the pentathlon at Nationals. The pentathlon consists of 80-meter hurdles, shot put, high jump, long jump and 1,500 run.
The Federal Way Track Club is for athletes ages 8-18, drawing from more than 30 different schools in the South Puget Sound area. FWTC offers a summer track program (mid-May through July) and a cross country program (mid-September through early December).
For more information about the club, please contact them at (253) 839-4964 or firstname.lastname@example.org.