Briana Dana, 10, of Congers, won the Bantam Girls long jump competition at the USA Track & Field Region 1 Junior Olympic Championships, held on June 26 at Whittier Field, on the campus of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.
Dana's jump of 3.90 meters (12 feet, 9.5 inches) qualified her for the National Junior Olympic Championships to be held in Sacramento, Calif., at the end of July.
Dana, a newcomer to the sport, began training seriously only two months ago. She is being coached by Don Schlesinger, father of the former Clarkstown South horizontal jumper and three-time national champion Jodi Schlesinger.
It's incredible how much she reminds me of Jodi at this stage of her development, Schlesinger said. Briana is going to be a very big star in track and field, and I look forward to working with her in the years ahead to help her achieve that goal.
Before going to Sacramento, Dana will compete in the USA Youth Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Benedictine University in Lisle, Ill., and the United Age Group Track Coaches Association Youth Invitational at Widener University in Chester, Pa. She will be among the top-seeded jumpers at both meets