More than two dozen Kitsap area track and field athletes as members of their respective clubs the Bremerton Jaguars, Kitsap Fliers and Thriller Track and Field, have qualified for the USATF Hershey National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships July 23-29 in Greensboro, N.C.
Some names are recognizable in that they’ve excelled at the high school level — such as Bremerton’s Lauryn Chandler and Tyishea McWhorter who were part of the Bremerton Knights’ state-winning 4×100 relay team last May, as well as Olympic High’s Adam Johnson, North Kitsap’s Alyssa Cullen, James Dillow of Kingston and South Kitsap’s Emily Reeder.
Johnson, who runs for the Jaguars, has won all but one 100-meter event during the outdoor season and that was a second place finish at the USATF Region 13 Junior Olympic Championships July 8. Johnson is qualified in the 100 and 200 meters in Greensboro.
Kitsap Fliers’ Cullen, who will be a sophomore this fall at NK, has consistently been in the top six in her three disciplines — the 100 hurdles, high jump and triple jump. She is qualified in the high jump at the Junior Olympics.
Dillow qualified for Juniors in the 400 and has been at the top of his game in that event this summer. Dillow, who runs for the Fliers, has finished first three times and fifth at the Region 13 Junior Olympic Championships last month to qualify.
Reeder, Thriller T&F, leads the state in the discus for the outdoor season with a throw of 185 feet, 5.5 inches and won the hammer (131-8.75) and the shot put (38-5.75) on June 30 at the 4th Annual Kitsap Fliers Invitational. Reeder, who was fourth at the 4A state high school meet in May placed third in the shot put and discus for South Kitsap. She is qualified for the Junior Olympics in the hammer.
Others are youngsters Tenichi Gordon, a seventh grader out of Poulsbo Middle School, and eighth-grader Kymeal Gaulden of Ridgetop Middle School. The Fliers’ Gordon is qualified in the 1,500 and 3,000 distance runs. Gordon has two first place, a third and fourth place in the 1,500 this summer in the 13-14 age group as well as a first, second and fourth place in the 3,000. Gaulden, who competes for the Fliers, is qualified in the long jump and won that event at the Fliers Invitational last month.
Here are all the athletes who have qualified for the Junior Olympics next week.
- Bremerton Jaguars—Scott Ashcroft, 400M; Malcolm DeWalt IV, 100M/200M; Adam Johnson, 100M/200M; Christatia McDowell, high jump.
- Kitsap Fliers—Paetyn Price, 800M/1,500M; Madison Zosa, 1,500; Alexandra Payne, shot put, hammer throw; Alyssa Cullen, high jump; Kymeal Gaulden, long jump; Lauryn Chandler, 100M high hurdles; Tyishea McWhorter, long jump; 4×400 relay-Matthew Wixted, Thomas Bearden, Hugh Bearden, Ryan Wixted; Tenichi Gordan, 1,500/3,000; James Dillow, 400M; Danny Conslink, 400M.
- Thriller T&F—Logan Roberts, 3K race walk; Audrey Green, 3K race walk; Amanda Reeder, 3K race walk; Emily Reeder, hammer; Xavier Richardson, hammer; Elias Richardson, triple jump/discus; Emily Riehl, high jump; Deyondre Davis, 110 hurdles/400 hurdles; Mia Vittori, 100 hurdles; Gaven Freeland, shot put.
*Note: Not all athletes will be attending the meet in North Carolina.