The Carrollton Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department’s track and field team will be sending 13 of its athletes to compete at the USA Track and Field Junior Olympic National Championships in Baltimore following stellar showings at the Regional 3 competition this past weekend in Newport News, Va.

The top-five finishers in each event from the regional meet move on to nationals, which will be July 23-29 on the campus of Morgan State University.

The team had three first-place finishers in Virginia, with Lashanti Williams winning the 9-10 Bantam girls long jump, while Jeremiah Pierce captured the shot put title for Midget boys and DeAntoine Cammons took top honors in the Intermediate boys triple jump.

Williams also qualified in the 200-meter dash with a second-place effort, while Pierce advanced in the discus with a fifth-place showing and Cammons will be competing at nationals as a member of the second-place 400-meter relay squad and he also came in fifth in the 110-meter hurdles.

Cammons was competing in the triple jump, high jump and 110 hurdles all at the same time on Saturday, running back and forth between the events. He came in eighth place in the high jump.

Rounding out the team’s national qualifiers are Jayland Alphabet (third in Youth boys triple jump), Marquis Barnes (second in Intermediate boys 400-meter relay, third in triple jump and third in long jump), Malik Sheppard (second in Intermediate boys 400-meter relay, fourth in high jump), Trint Terrell (second in Intermediate boys 400-meter relay), Alecia North (fifth in Intermediate girls triple jump), Mitt Conerly (fifth in Intermediate boys pole vault) and the Youth boys mile relay squad of Damarious Owensby, Dylan Parham, Joshua Pierce and David Thomasson also qualified with a fifth-place effort.

Also placing in the top eight at the regional meet were Dylan Parham with an eighth-place showing in the Youth boys high jump, Jackson McNealey with an eighth-place effort in the Bantam boys javelin and Justin Parham with a fifth-place finish in the Bantam boys triathlon, where only the top two advance due to it being a multi-event competition.

CPRCAD track and field head coach Larry Turner and assistant Justin Jones noted how they are very excited about the group the Carrollton Summer Track Team is taking to Baltimore.

“The 23 athletes competing this weekend, who range in age from 7-18, have worked very hard to earn the right to compete at the USA Track and Field Junior Olympic National Championships in Baltimore at Morgan State University. The national meet will be July 23-29. We have qualified 13 athletes to the national meet. Imagine each athlete having to pay $700-$1,000 in travel expenses just two weeks before the national meet? Not all the athletes are able to afford these expenses. The Carrollton Summer Track Team is set up to receive financial support from any organization wishing to sponsor an athlete in need. Donations may be made at any Community Southern Bank in the name of ‘Carrollton Summer Track Team.’ We thank you for your consideration and hope that all our qualified athletes are able to compete at the highest level of competition this summer.”

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