LAPLACE — The St. John Legends Track Club is tied to the national championships after celebrating a great weekend of competition during Region 11 qualifying at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond.
Thirty-three young athletes have qualified for the 2022 AAU Junior Olympics, to be held July 30-August 6 at Aggie Stadium on the A&T campus in North Carolina. Athletes aged 7 to 18 compete in various categories.
In Region 11 qualifying, two of the youngest athletes from the St. John Legends Track Club shone in the 8 and under division.
Madison Cola was second and set personal bests in the 100 meters and 200 meters, finishing with times of 15.76 and 33.30.
Aubree Lockett was also competing in the “8 and under” category. She was named second in the 400m with a time of 1:24.17.
“Their talents have been and will be on display on the national stage,” said St. John Legends Track Club head coach Mark Creecy.
Another highlight of the competition, according to Creecy, was seeing older athletes Grace Trepagnier and Diamond Shorty receive scholarship offers.
Shorty set a personal best of 2:33.19 in the 800 meters in Region 11 qualifying. Meanwhile, Trepagnier set personal bests in the discus with a distance of 91′ 2.5 and in the javelin with a distance of 85 ‘ 10.75.
“Overall it was a great weekend for the St. John Legends,” Creecy said.
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