GEOFF GRAMMER
Tucson Citizen
The Tucson area will be well-represented at the USATF National Junior Olympic Championships in Walnut, Calif., July 24-29.
Nineteen track and field athletes ages 8 to 18, many of whom are Arizona and regional high school champions, qualified for the national meet with performances last weekend in Albuquerque, N.M., at the Region 10 qualifier meet.
The Tucson Elite Athletic Club, coached by University of Arizona track coach Fred Harvey, qualified 18 of the 23 athletes it sent to the regional meet, which encompasses competitors from Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and West Texas.
To qualify for the nationals, athletes had to finish first or second in their respective events.
For a list of all 19 qualifiers from the area CLICK HERE. Among the regional champions from Tucson Elite were:
Young men's division (17-18): James Eichberger (800 meters, 4x400 relay), Labriel Leach (400-meter hurdles, 4x400 relay), Mike Ness (4x100 relay), Brandon Parmeter (4x100 relay)
Young women's division (17-18): Tanisha Kendrick (400)
Intermediate girls (15-16): Kayla Kroto (shot put)
Midget boys (11-12): Ryan Silva (800 meters, 1,500 meters)
Another Tucson star, Rincon High sophomore-to-be Tamara Pridgett, qualified in the intermediate girls 100- and 200-meter races. She was second in both events. Pridgett competes with the Arizona Rising Suns track club, based in Peoria.