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Raiders Youth Track Club qualifies 10 for AAU Junior Olympics Games
by Aaron Retherford
Jul 18, 2011 | 1085 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Summer track and field programs in the Rail City have been blossoming as of late.

This summer, the Reed Raiders Youth Track Club is earning some national recognition for its runners.

Ten athletes used the national qualifying meet at Reed High during the July 4th weekend to earn their shot at competing on the big stage in New Orleans July 29th to August 7th at the AAU Junior Olympics Games.

The top eight finishers in each event at each age level at the West Coast AAU Junior Olympics Games held at Reed High qualified for the National meet.

Four of those athletes competed for Reed High this past season.

At the qualifying meet, junior-to-be Adriana Newell took first in the 100 and 200 meters with times of 12.40 and 24.90 seconds in the Intermediate girls.

Also in the Intermediate girls, Gabby Williams took first in the heptathlon with 4,064 points, a stadium record. She also set a stadium record with her mark of 5-feet 10 inches in the high jump, which earned her first place. Williams took third in the 100m hurdles.

In the Intermediate boys, Cody Forman took first in the decathlon, second in the 1500m and second in the 800m.

Spencer Stockton claimed first in the decathlon in the Young men division.

Six other athletes from various middle or elementary schools also qualified for the AAU Junior Olympics Games.

Ben Stevens crossed the finish line in first place with a time of 10:51.00 in the Intermediate boys 3000m race. He was fourth in the 1500m.

Yasmine Thigpen was first in the Sub Youth girls high jump, clearing 4-feet 6 inches.

Jordan Pine took third in the 100m hurdles and 200m hurdles and was eighth in the Sub Youth boys 400 meters.

In the Midget boys, Logan Pine earned first in the high jump (4-6) and seventh in the 400m, while Grant Cotter took third in the discus and high jump and seventh in the long jump.

The youngest member of the program, Serene Townsell, finished sixth in the Sub Midget girls long jump and seventh in the 400m.

There are nine age groups that compete in the Junior Olympics Games: Primary (8 & Under), Sub Bantam (9), Bantam (10), Sub Midget (11), Midget (12), Sub Youth (13), Youth (14), Intermediate (15-16), and Young Women/Young Men (17-18).

Track & Field/Multi-Events is just one of 18 sports part of the AAU Junior Olympics Games.

It will cost about $1600 per kid to make the trip to New Orleans to compete. Coaches Dale Moss and Ryan Cotter are looking for donations to help these kids’ dreams come true. They can be reached at dalemoss@sbcglobal.net or r.cotter@sbcglobal.net.
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