SPARTANBURG – Last weekend, 59 athletes represented the Florence Track Club in the United States Track and Field Junior Olympic regionals. Twenty of them qualified for nationals, held the week of July 25 in Sacramento, California.
Kaylanna Burroughs, a gold-medal winner in all three of her state events, qualified in three of her events for the nationals with two golds and silver. Caelin Sloan qualified in both javelin and 1,500-meter race walk.
In addition, three other athletes — Cassie Hitch (1,500 race walk), Brailey Sloan (3,000 race walk) and Cameron Aldridge (javelin) — also won gold. The top five in the Regional competition make it to Nationals.
Those who have qualified for nationals via winning gold include the following: Kaylanna Burroughs (6-8 female) in the 1500m run with a time of 6 minutes, 4.29 seconds and 800 (3:00.79), Cassie Hitch (11-12 female) in the 1500 race walk at 9:48.71, Brailey Sloan (13-14 female) in the 3000 race walk at 24:18.19 and Cameron Aldridge (9-10 male) in the javelin at 31.31 meters.
Silver-medal winners were: Alex Small (9-10 male) in the 1,500 race walk at 12:44.23, Sanne Verkoeijen (9-10 female) in the 1500 race walk at 13:35.20, Kaylanna Burroughs (6-8 male) with a long jump of 3.08, and Rileigh Lacy (13-14 female) with a pole vault of 2.41.
Bronze-medal winners include: Caelin Sloan (11-12 female) in 1,500 race walk at 11:30.23, Kamille Cunningham (11-12 female) with a high jump of 1.35, Kaleb Burroughs (9-10 male) with a javelin throw of 28.44, Arthur Parham (11-12 male) with a javelin throw of 36.40, and Savannah Jordan (13-14 female) with a javelin throw of 27.00.
Fourth-place finishers include: Sarah Spence (17-18 female) with a high jump of 1.40m.
And, fifth-place finishers include: Hidde Verkoeijen (6-8 male) in the 1,500 run at 6:27.53; Caelin Sloan with a javelin throw of 19.97; 4x100m relay team (15-16 male) consisting of Nicholas Boatwright, JT Carroll, Winston Stewart, and Kamron Todd at 46.60; and 4x400m relay team (9-10 male) consisting of Cameron Aldridge, Kaleb Burroughs, Julian Duncan, and Harrison Howard.
Also coming in 5th was Ellison Banner in Javelin for the girls 8-under division. Since USATF only allows athletes that are 7 years and older to compete at the National level, Ellison (6 years old) will have to wait another year.
Donations to help fund the athletes’ trip to nationals can be sent to the Florence Track Club, C/O City of Florence Parks and Recreation, 513 Barnes St., Florence, SC 29501.