BY JASON THOMPSON Gulf Breeze News email@example.com
home the hardware Austin and Jessie Droogsma won three gold and three bronze medals, respectively at the recent AAU Junior Olympic Qualifier at Florida State University. Bringing home the hardware Austin and Jessie Droogsma won three gold and three bronze medals, respectively at the recent AAU Junior Olympic Qualifier at Florida State University. The sibling duo of Austin and Jessie Droogsma both won three medals at the recent AAU Junior Olympic National Track and Field Qualifier Olympics at Mike Long Track at Florida State University.
Austin, a sophomore at GBHS, won three gold medals at the meet – winning the javelin (113 feet, six inches), the discus (149-10) and the shot put (43-7.5).
Jessie, an eighth grader at Gulf Breeze Middle, won three bronze medals. She was third in the javelin (71 feet), discus (85-2.5) and the shot put (31-3.5).
More than 500 athletes from three states competed in the event. The top four finishers qualify to participate in the Junior Olympics in Norfolk, Virginia August 1-8.
“They both enjoyed competing at the facilities at FSU and meeting athletes from all over the Southeast and are looking forward to going to Norfolk,” their father Mike said.
Among Austin's track and field goal are to win at least one gold medal in Norfolk, then set his sights on next year’s State Track Meet. In between, Droogsma will be playing varsity football for the Dolphins.
Austin, who has a 3.1 grade point average, also played baseball and weightlifting for the Dolphins and baseball at GBSA.
Jessie is looking to improve her national standing and medal at the Junior Olympics. She'll then look to set GBMS records in the shot put and the discus.
The youngest of three children of Mike and Patricia Droogsma, Jessie will look to wants to compete in Pole Vault next year at AAU, then at GBHS. She’s also interested in doing some modeling.