Lake Tahoe School track and field athletes traveled to Greensboro, North Carolina late last month to compete against other top tier athletes from throughout the country at the 2018 USATFJr. National Olympics, qualifying by virtue of their recent strong finishes at association and regional qualifiers.
LTS alumna Millie Jenkins (’17) competed in the 15-16 100m hurdles, long jump, and high jump, setting a personal best mark in the high jump of 5 feet 3 inches, placing 11th of 40 girls competing. Alumna Brenda Martinez-Ruiz (’16) competed in the challenging 400m hurdles, girls’ 15-16 division.
LTS 8th grader Harrison Fung qualified to compete in the 13-14 boys’ 100m and 200m hurdles, while LTS 6th grader Madeleine Patrick represented the Bobcats in the 11-12 girls’ division in the 3000m. Fung notched a personal best in the 200m hurdles, and Patrick – the youngest member of the team to qualify and compete – finished an impressive 27th place with a time of 11:54.
“To see our local kids travel all over Northern California and Nevada this summer to achieve their goal of qualifying for Jr. Olympics is impressive,” said Coach Kris Nugent. “Our small mountain town was represented by truly amazing kids on the regional and national stage.”
Local athletes Brayden Snearly and Orion Barger traveled to Greensboro to compete, as well, with Snearly qualifying to complete in the high jump and long jump and Barger in the 400m.
Local athletes Jimena Elizarraraz and Dylan Cleary also qualified for Nationals, but were unable to travel to North Carolina due to injury and family travel plans.
Coaches Brad Bergstrom, Aaron Moore, and Dave Snearly rounded out the Lake Tahoe Bobcats coaching staff.