By: Seth Gordon

SEATTLE — Competing in Junior Olympics track and field for the first time, Newberg High School junior Jacob Petrie has made an impressive debut this summer.
Petrie was one of three local youths to qualify for the Junior Olympics National Championships after winning both the 110 and 400 hurdles in the intermediate (15- and 16-year-olds) division at the USATF Region 13 Championship Meet over the weekend.
“This is probably the most exciting thing in my career,” Petrie said. “The state meet was my favorite of the year, but I think the national meet will be right up there.” Petrie was well off his personal-best time in winning the 110 hurdles in 15.75 seconds, but shaved five seconds off his personal record in the 400 at 57.03. Because he runs the 300 hurdles during the high school season, it was just Petrie’s second time competing in the 400. “It’s just a little bit longer so you have to train for more endurance,” Petrie said. “With that extra 100, you just have to gut it out at the end.” Petrie will be joined at the national championships, set for July 27 to Aug. 1 in Sacramento, Calif., by high school teammate Ally Cuddeford. The Newberg sophomore will make her second consecutive trip to the national championships after finishing in 15.63 seconds to take second in the intermediate 100 hurdles. “I didn’t get a personal record, but it was three hundredths of a second off,” Cuddeford said. “I think going to other big meets helps you get used to it all, so it’s not as overwhelming the next time.” Emma Burridge also qualified for Sacramento after placing second in the midget division (11- and 12-year-olds) of the high jump with a clearance of 1.3 meters. Burridge was also eighth in the 80-meter hurdles in 17.80 seconds. Newberg senior Samantha Irsik was .13 seconds short of qualifying in the young women’s (17- and 18-year-olds) 100-meter dash after placing fourth in 13.15. Irsik also took 10th in the long jump after clearing 4.83 meters. Senior Eli Votaw was sixth in the young men’s javelin with a throw of 48.65 meters. Senior K.C. Kubisiak, who had qualified in both the young men’s 100 and 200, did not compete.
Isobel Bailey was one place out of qualifying for the national championship, but may attend as an alternate after taking fourth in the midget discus with a throw of 16.02 meters. Bailey also took sixth in the javelin (21.97) and seventh in the shot put (7.24).
In the girls bantam division, Lala Belle Frketich took fifth in the javelin with a throw of 17.49 meters, while Zoe Burridge was 10th in the shot put (3.79 meters) and 13th in the long jump (2.43). Frketich’s brothers, Branko and Hap, had qualified for one event each in the midget and youth divisions, respectively, but didn’t compete at the meet in Seattle.