SPOKANE VALLEY Local competitors Allyson Barton and Tanner Hughes fared well at the USATF Junior Olympic Track meet at Central Valley High School here July 15. Coach Jared Hughes said the meet consisted of over 1,000 athletes from Oregon, Washington, Alaska and North Idaho.
Our two both started out a little nervous in their first events and came up just short of their personal bests. However, in their final events they post all-time personal records.
The top five qualifiers earned spots at the USATF Hershey National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships scheduled for July 24-30 in Lawrence, Kansas. Barton finished sixth in both the shot put and discus, which left her just shy of making the cut for nationals. However, Hughes said, the experience for both was very rewarding and they are excited to do it again next year. He hoped that more kids from the area will compete next year.
Girls 11-12 year old group
Discus 6th 5410
Shot Put 6th 251 PR
450g Javelin 11th 473.5 PR
Boys 9-10 year old group
Shot Put 11th 187 PR