The Napa Track Club had 16 athletes advance from last weekend’s Pacific Association Junior Olympic Championships at Modesto Junior College to this week’s Region 14 meet, set Monday and Tuesday at Tulare Western High School. The regional meet is the platform to qualify for Junior Olympic Nationals July 23-29 in Baltimore.
Kyle Beaver led the way by qualifying in four different events in the intermediate boys division. He was second in the javelin, third in the pole vault, fifth in the high jump and sixth in the 110-meter hurdles.
Solomon Tinnon brought home three medals and qualified for three different events in the midget boys division. He was second in the shot put, second in the high jump and third in the discus.
Sophia Marseilles got to the next meet in three different events in the youth girls division, placing fourth in the triple jump, fifth in the high jump, and seventh in the 100-meter hurdles.
The NTC had two gold medal winners advance — Brendan Cardey in the young men’s javelin, and Donna Roscoe in the 3,000-meter race walk with a personal best of 19:48.
The younger athletes showed a promising future, with two making it on to the next meet. In the sub-bantam girls division, Sofia Tinnon got second-place finishes in the shot put and javelin, turning in her best throw of the year in the javelin. In the sub-bantam boys division, Liam Wallace-Harper moved on in three different events — the 100 meter dash, long jump and javelin.
In the bantam girls division, Mia Oggenfuss reached a personal best of 3 feet, 6 inches in the high jump and captured the silver medal. Oggenfuss will compete in three events at the regional meet, having also qualified in the long jump and javelin.
In the midget girls division, Aisley Wallace-Harper achieved a fourth-place finish and a personal best in the javelin at 57 feet, 1 inch.
In the youth girls division, Catriona Barry moved on in two different events as she qualified in the javelin and the 3,000-meter run. Cailey Eade had a productive day, as she had put up personal bests in the 1,500-meter run and long jump.
In the youth boys division, Daniel Harrop was able to capture the silver medal in the discus. It took a personal best for Harrop, throwing 111 feet, 1 inch, to secure second place in a very competitive age group.
In the young women’s division, Claire Miller had a good day as she was able to get the silver medal in the javelin and advancement to the regional meet. Marcelina Zavala achieved a bronze medal in the 400-meter hurdles and advanced in the 800-meter run.
In the young men’s division, William Yates advanced to the regional meet in the 100-meter dash and the 400-meter hurdles. Robert Wakerlin thrilled the crowd with his personal best in the pole vault with a clearance of 14 feet, 3 inches. Though Wakerlin and his competitor cleared the same height, he was awarded the silver medal because he’d had fewer misses at the previous height.