VA Association USATF Junior Olympics

A decent number of Virginia high school athletes competed in this past weekend's Virginia Association USATF Junior Olympic Championships at Sports Backers Stadium.


Landstown sophomore Marlena Wesh was one of the top high school performers as she swept the sprints in the intermediate girls age group division with wins in the 100 (12.01), 200 (25.28, 25.24 prelims), and 400 (56.82) meter dashes. Her 100 and 400 meter times were personal best performances for Wesh.


Dominion junior Jennifer Weatherly nearly pulled off a similar sweep in the young women's division as she scored victories in the 100 (12.77, 12.41 prelims) and 400 (58.90) meter races, but the Group AA state champion in the 100 and 200 meter dashes was denied in the 200 meter dash by Gala Elitest of the Elite award winner Wanetta Kirby of Huguenot (25.72) in second at 25.95. Kirby also won the 100 meter hurdles in 16.13.


Douglas Freeman junior Hillary Parsons had a big day clearing a personal best height of 11'3.75". With the graduation of Anne Marie Gordon and Annie Powell as not only the Central Region, but state's best in the pole vault, Parsons has now put herself in good position as one of the state's top vaulters with her vault at Sports Backers this past weekend.


Matoaca senior Mia Agahji and Deep Run junior Ashley Orr exchanged wins in the jumps with Aghaji taking the long jump (18'8") and Orr as the triple jumper winner at 38'0.25".


Huguenot's Donnie Seward rolled through first place showings in the young men's 100 (11.16) and 200 (22.31) meter dashes.


The USATF regional championships will be held on July 12th through July 15th once again at Sports Backers Stadium as athletes from all over the Southeast will be converging in Richmond to determine who makes it to the USATF National Junior Olympics to be held at Mt. Sac in California. will be on-site at USATF Region III Championships.