Hayley Lindemer led five local throwers with an 11th place finish in the hammer throw at the USATF National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships in Wichita, Kan., on Tuesday.
Lindemer had a throw of 119 feet, three inches to finish three spots shy of the medal stand. The Hebron senior finished in seventh place in the Intermediate Girls division last season. This was her first year in the Young Women division.
North Judson senior Mikalah Lambert (89-02) and Highland senior Jordan Ostapchuk (64-04) also competed in the Young Women division and finished 19th and 21st respectively.
Hebron sophomore Daisy Heath finished in 14th place in the Intermediate Girls division of the hammer throw with a toss of 76-11, while Hebron freshman Hayley Winn (72-03) finished in 16th.
The five local throwers all compete under the direction of Carl Patz and Hebron-based Let It Fly Throwing. Lindemer was making her third appearance at the Junior Olympics while Lambert, Ostapchuk, Heath and Winn were making their national debuts.
The Merrillville Track Club will begin competition on Wednesday in the 3,200 meter relay when the quartet of Brigette Banser, Kara Cooke, Ebony Harris and Alexis Carpenter take the track in the Youth Girls age divisio