The Sandhills Track Club competed in the State USATF Jr. Olympic Championship meet held at A&T State University in Greensboro June 26-28. Thirty seven athletes represented the club, ranging in age from 8 yrs. to 18 years old. The State wide competition included six different age groups and all of the Olympic Track & Field events.
Representing the club in the youngest age group, (Sub-Bantam - 8 & under) was Hayden Smith; (Bantam - 9/10) Tyrese Kelly, Chris McKay, Taylar Salazar; (Midget - 11/12) Valiayh Kelly, Amber McKay, Paul Hardenberg, Rashard Woodard, Benjamin Saunders; (Youth - 13/14) Kiera Kelly, Danielle Paran, Will Proulx, Nick Lacy, Chuck Hensley, Matthew Harmony; (Intermediate - 15/16) Brittany Glover, Hannah Hensley, Jessica Marshall, Shakira Robinson, Haley Smith, Lakezia Sykes, Tashi Whitney, Brianna White, Peter Deucher, Ian Paran, Spencer Mason, JaJuan West; (Young Women/Men - 17/18) Lupe Rostro, Latoya Wright, Ben Major, Jovan Wilkins, David Crispin, Chris Cleare, Daryle Morgan, D.J. Shaw, Desmond White, and Rapheal Alston.
The club had 11 athletes to qualify for the National Jr. Olympic Finals to be held in Greensboro July 27- Aug. 2nd. Ben Major of Fayetteville led the way placing 1st in the 100 m Dash (10.7 sec.) and 1st in the 400 m Hurdles (52.77 sec.). Ben also anchored the 2nd place 4x100 m relay team to a second place finish. Ben is a recent graduate of E.E. Smith H.S. and has run for the club for three years and will be attending N.C. State University in the fall. The other first place winner was Peter Deucher of Vass in the 2000 m Steeple Chase (7:04). Peter was a surprise winner of this event having run it for the first time at the meet. Second place finishers were Tashi Whitney in the High Jump (5’0) , Daryle Morgan in the Shot Put (55’9’), Latoya Wright in the Shot Put (38’2”) Ian Paran in the Pole Vault (9’6”) and the 4x100 m Young Men’s Relay team (42.33) of Ben Major, Rapheal Alston, Desmond White and D.J. Shaw. Rounding out the qualifiers was Danielle Paran 3rd in the Javelin (78’4”) and David Crispin 3rd in the 5000 m (18:41).
Hayden Smith was a 2nd place finisher in the 8 & under Mini Javelin and goes on to compete in the Region III J.O. Championships to be held in Landover, Md. This is as far as the youngest age group advances. Two years ago we were in California, last years Nationals were in Omaha, Nebraska, so we look forward to having the Nation compete in our home state.
2012 - We had 12 athletes that qualified for the National Junior Olympics Championships, that were held at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Md. July 23-29, 2012. Six of these athletes made "All American". April Sherlin -8th Steeple Chase, Spencer Walden -3rd -High Jump and the 6th place 4x100 m Relay team of Semaj Street, Jaylen McCorkle, Lyndon Elliott and Brandon McRae.
Zia Matti, Hannah Hensley, April Sherlin, Jania Hodges, Zyheem Kelly, Ira Vanpelt, Spencer Walden, Mateius Brown, Jalen McCorkle, Lyndon Elliott, Semaj Street and Brandon McRae.