Ciera at the USATF Central Cali Association Meet
Saturday, June 22, was the annual USATF Central California Association Junior Olympic Championships at Fresno Pacific University. It was a very hot day, with temperatures reaching up to the high 90s. Athletes, ranging from ages 5-18, competed to be the fastest, throw the farthest, and jump the highest.
The most common goals of every athlete at this meet were to race, have fun, and win. That’s what they all did. Even if they didn’t get first, each athlete was successful in having fun, while also staying active and healthy.
Qualifying athletes will compete at the USATF Region 14 Junior Olympics Track & Field Championships next month.
Here are a few of the athletes from this meet!
Matlock raced in the 3000m and the 800m. This was her first time racing the 3000m, and coming into the race she was definitely nervous. However, she overcame her nerves and pushed herself to finish the race. She finished with a time of 12:50.
Jenkins raced in the 1500m. Being one of the youngest athletes at the age of five, he didn’t let that stop him. He finished his race in first with a speedy time of 7:37.
Sesock raced the 1500m and 800m. She finished in 2nd, at 5:14, in the 1500m and 4th in the 800m at 2:38, PRing in both events! She had a successful day, and qualified to move on to the next meet for both events.
Hinesly was in the 1500m and the 800m. He finished his 1500m at a 5:19. He was very pleased on how he finished both of his races because throughout the week he was having leg pains. However, he overcame the pain and raced his way to success.