Youth athletes shine at Junior Olympics meet

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  • (Photo courtesy JARED HUGHES) Idaho Hill Elementary School fourth-grader Tanner Hughes competed in the boys 9-10 year old age group at the USATF Junior Olympics meet in the shot put and javelin July 15.

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    (Photo courtesy JARED HUGHES) Sadie Halstead Middle School sixth-grader Allyson Barton competed in the girls 11-12 year old age group at a USATF Junior Olympics meet and finished 6th in the shot put and discus July 15.

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    (Photo courtesy JARED HUGHES) Tanner Hughes and Allyson Barton competed admirably at the USATF Junior Olympic track meet at Central Valley High School in Spokane Valley July 15.

  • (Photo courtesy JARED HUGHES) Idaho Hill Elementary School fourth-grader Tanner Hughes competed in the boys 9-10 year old age group at the USATF Junior Olympics meet in the shot put and javelin July 15.

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    (Photo courtesy JARED HUGHES) Sadie Halstead Middle School sixth-grader Allyson Barton competed in the girls 11-12 year old age group at a USATF Junior Olympics meet and finished 6th in the shot put and discus July 15.

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    (Photo courtesy JARED HUGHES) Tanner Hughes and Allyson Barton competed admirably at the USATF Junior Olympic track meet at Central Valley High School in Spokane Valley July 15.

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.

Allyson Barton

Girls 11-12 year old group

Discus – 6th – 54’10

Shot Put – 6th – 25’1 PR

450g Javelin – 11th 47’3.5” PR

Tanner Hughes

Boys 9-10 year old group

Shot Put – 11th 18’7 PR

Javelin – 48’5

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