Annis advances to USATF Girls Nationals at Wichita, KS. in 4x1, 4x4 relays

Thursday, July 21, 2011

By LENNY C. LEPOLA News Assistant Managing Editor

Big Walnut High School sophomore Jamie Annis is having another good season running in the USATF Junior Olympic Program for the Pacesetters Track Club in Reynoldsburg, coached by Chris Simon who was an alternate runner in the 100-meter dash and the 4 by 100 team at the 1984 Olympics. Josh Annis and Bethany, Bobbie and Beca Bogantz also ran for the Pacesetters this summer.

Jamie focused on the 100-meter, 4x100 relay, 200-meter and the 4x400 relay. She placed third in the state in the 200-meter and finished sixth at USATF Region 5 Junior Olympic Championships held at Geneva, Ohio, on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, July 8, 9 and 10, missing out competing in the 200 in the nationals by .01 of a second (top five advanced).

Jamie also ran the 100-meter dash at regionals, but did not make it out of the semifinals, placing ninth, with the top 8 advancing to finals.

The Pacesetters Intermediate Girls 4x100 and 4x400 teams, for girls born in 1995 and 1996, both qualified for nationals.

In the 4x100 Meter Relay Intermediate Girls race, the Pacesetters placed third with a time of 0:50.53 seconds. Joining Jamie Annis on the Pacesetters 4x100 Intermediate Girls Team are Kristian Carter, Dorraine Johnson and Omeliah Nembhard.

The Pacesetters’ 4x400 Meter Relay Intermediate Girls team placed first, with a time of 4 minutes, 4.84 seconds. Running the 4x400 with Jamie are Carter, Johnson and Cherese Nimmons.

The 45th USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships will be held next week, from July 26 through July 31, at Cessna Stadium, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas.

The USATF Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships are the most visible youth athletic development program in the world. Many of today’s Olympic stars began their track and field careers competing in the USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships.

Entry for this championship is based on athlete performances at Preliminary, Association and Regional levels of the 2011 USATF Junior Olympic Program. Competition takes place in six two-year age divisions, with athletes generally falling between the ages of 8 and 18.