We were extremely proud of our athletes competing in the Junior Olympics in the Washington, DC area this weekend as many personal bests were set.
Four Athletes from Lanier Running Club and Hall County performed well at the Region 3 USATF Track & Field Junior Olympics in Landover, Maryland July 9-12, 2009 with 2 athletes qualifying in 3 events for USATF Track & Field Junior Olympic National Championships in Greensboro, NC July 28-August 2,2009. Top 3 in each event qualify to advance to Nationals.
Erika Rucker competed in 2 events in the Intermediate Girls Division
400 meters - 0:56.97 - 2nd place (seeded 4th going into finals)(qualified for Nationals)
200 meters - 0:24.63 - 1st place - (seeded 5th going into finals)(qualified for Nationals)
Erika had 2 tremendous races in the finals of the 400 meter and 200 meter dashes. The 200 meter champion had the 5th fastest qualifying time and was assigned lane 7. The field could not catch her as she took the lead with 90 meters to go.
Ty McCormack competed in 3 events in the Young Men Division
5000 meters - 16:01 - 5th place (personal best)
1500 meter - 4:11:12 - 4th place (personal Best)
2000 meter steeplechase - 3rd place (first time he had ever run the steeplechase and qualified for Nationals!)
Kelsey Neukum competed in 2 events in the Intermediate Girls Division
3000 meters - 11:26.92 - 4th - (PR)
1500 meters - 5:27.31 - 5th - (PR)
Kenny Slavik competed in 2 events in the Intermediate Boys Division
3000 meters - 9:50.30 - 5th - (PR)
1500 meters - 4:44.19 - 11th
The team performed extremely well against athletes from the Georgia, North and South Carolina and Maryland.
Congressman Nathan Deal's office provided the team, coaches and familes a tour of the United States Capitol on Friday afternoon.