Reagan Gallagher, competing in the girls’ 9 and 10-year-old 200-meter run, captured the third-fastest time after reaching the finish line in 30.68 seconds, a season best.
The trip to Pennsylvania was the culmination to a tremendous summer for the city Parks and Recreation athlete. In mid-June, she captured first place at the Hershey’s regional meet, coupling that with a Hershey’s state championship in Round Rock two weeks later.
In fact, Gallagher’s Pennsylvania time beat her state championship recording of 30.79 seconds.
Brianna Brown of the Bronx won the North American crown in 28.30 seconds and Lashanti Williams of Carrollton, Ga. earned runner-up honors at 29.16 seconds. Brown’s time is faster than last summer’s championship time.
Gallagher nipped Natalya Schwetz of Sedro Wooley, Wa. for that third-place honor because Schwetz reached the finish line in 30.70 seconds. Rounding out the five-fastest 200-meter runners in the United States was Kayla McClain of Littleton, Colo. And her 31.90 reading.
On the boys’ side, John’te Horace, at the North American Final for the third consecutive year, claimed third place for the standing long jump in the 11 and 12-year-old boys division.
He used a leap of 7 feet, 9.75 inches to get the job done. Horace held off a pack of third-place wannabes because three other boys also jumped 7-9. Gionni Robertson of St. Michael, N.D. cleared 7 feet, 9.25 inches. A Missouri and South Carolina boy also fell just shy of Horace’s distance.
Winning the North American championship was William Edmunds of Berlin, Md. He cleared 8 feet, 3.25 inches for the title. Cooper Boehm of Lafayette, Ind. captured second place.
Boehm and Horace have been competitors at the North American Final ever since 2010. Horace won the North American crown in 2010 as a 9 and 10-year-old competitor. Boehm had to settle for runner-up honors that year.