Beaumont Track Club hurdler Ian Bramble works on his approach during workouts on Thursday with members of the track club at West Brook High School. Bramble will be attending Central as a freshman in the fall. June 16, 2011. Valentino Mauricio/The Enterprise Photo: Valentino Mauricio / BE

Shelby Foster is hoping for a free plane ride to Pennsylvania.

Foster, a 13-year-old from Beaumont, is one of 38 kids ages 9 to 14 at the Beaumont Track Club that will compete in the Hershey's Track and Field state meet Saturday in Round Rock.

Finishing first in an event could give athletes an all-expense paid trip to the North American Final Meet on Aug. 4 to 7 in Hershey, Pa. In order to reach that meet, they must have the region's best result in their event. This region consists of Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico and Oklahoma.

Foster, who competes in the 800-meter run and standing long jump, is making her third-straight trip to state.

Track is kind of an inspiration, Foster said. I want to go to nationals. I haven't been before so I want to go really bad.

To compete in this week's state meet, athletes must have finished in the top three in their events at the Hershey's Track and Field Games at Ozen High School on June 11.

It's hot, said Beaumont Track Club coach Roy Washington, in regards to the state meet. You've got your best kids from all over. It's pretty much the same as the UIL state track meet.

Read the full story in Monday's print edition of The Beaumont Enterprise.

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