Alexandria’s Wensia Johnson’s first place finish in the long jump at the Hershey’s State track and field meet June 25 has earned her a spot in the Hershey’s Track and Field North American Games Final in Hershey, Pennsylvania August 6.
She also won the 100 and 200-meter dashes at state, but did not advance to the nationals in those events.
Johnson has also earned the USA Junior Olympic state championship and region championship in the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash and the long jump.
This program is sponsored by The Hershey Company and features more than 400 of the best young track and field athletes ages 9-14 in North America.
Only winners at local meets advance to a district and/or state meet, and from there, only winners at the state meet are eligible to advance to the North American Finals (NAF).
Not every winner advances to the NAF. Winners of state meets are placed in a regional pool of finalists and become eligible to be one of the 480 chosen for the final.
Each participant selected for the NAF receives an all-expense-paid trip to Hershey, PA for four days of events and track competition at the Milton Hershey School.
The Hershey’s Track and Field Games has been a national event and now a North American event for the past 34 years. The games are the largest youth sports program of its kind in North America, with hundreds of thousands of children competing every year.