Local track athletes rack up medals at Junior Olympics

pieterseMore than 20 local track and field athletes took stood on the medal stand at the South Carolina Junior Olympics held over the weekend at Doug Shaw Memorials Stadium in Myrtle Beach.

This regional qualifier for the US Track and Field’s Junior Olympics program saw several members of the Myrtle Beach Track & Field Club take home medals in multiple events. Keahi Mendoza (Boys 15-16) and Nandi Perez (Girls 11-12) swept both the 1500 and 300 meters in their respective divisions. Perez went on to earn a second-place spot in the 800 meters to narrowly miss out on a sweep of the distance events.

Latrell Pitts (Boys 11-12) won the shot out and finished second in the discus for a pair of field medals. Noah DuRant (Boys 13-14) took gold in the high jump and silver in the long jump);  Angel Perez (Boys 15-16) won the shot and took second in the javelin; and Austin Copley (Boys 17-18) won the 400 hurdles and was third in the 110 hurdles and high jump to win three medals.

Multi-medal winners among the girls included Kayla Watkins (13-14), first in high jump and second in long jump (16-4.5), and Kelsey Glover (15-16), first in the 3000 meters and second in 1500 meters. Lisa Pieterse (17-18) dominated the 3000 meters with a qualifying time of 10:37.83).

See a complete list of local medalists, with age group, name, place, event and time/distance listed below:

Boys
* Under 8, Maris Jennings, second, 800 meters (3:08.60)
* 9-10, T’Mars McCallum, first, high jump, (3-11.5)
* 11-12, Latrell Pitts, first, shot put (31-1), second, discus (67-0); Fredrick Ajavon, second, high jump (3-11.5); Julian Dent, third, javelin (111-5),
* 13-14, Shawn Garcia, first, javelin throw (122-8); Noah DuRant, first, high jump (5-5.25) second, long jump (16-7.75)
* 15-16, Keahi Mendoza, first, 1500 meters (4:50.74), first 3000 meters (10:36.82); Angel Perez, first, shot put (45-0); second, javelin (146-10), Braden Poirer, third (134-7)
* 17-18, Austin Copley, first, 400 hurdles (1:00.09), third, 110 hurdles (16.57), third, high jump (5-7.75);

Girls
* Under 8, Tia Boatwright, long jump, (9-2.25)
* 11-12 Nandi Perez, first, 1500 meters (5:28.26); first, 3000 meters (12:05.10), second, 800 meters (2:44.19);
* 13-14, Mia Adcock, first, pole vault (6-11.75); Kayla Watkins, first, high jump (4-11.5), second, long jump (16-4.5); Anna Walker, third, high jump (4-11.5); Ashtyn Poirer, third,  100 hurdles (18.74)
* 15-16, Rhiannon Van Demark, first, hammer throw (99-3), Kelsey Glover, first, 3000 meters (12:46.61), second, 1500 meters (5:49.16); MyKa’h Frazier, third, javelin (72-9); Meghan Smith, third, triple jump (29-6.5);
* 17-18, Lisa Pieterse, 3000 meters, first (10.37.83)

Photo courtesy of Zola Budd Pieterse

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