Rockwall-area track and field athletes representing Club Vaultitude, Texas Titans and Rockwall Mustangs are competing at the USATF Region 12 Junior Olympic Championships on the Texas State University campus in San Marcos through this weekend.
More than 50 area thinclads who qualified for the regional competition with their performances during the USATF Southwestern Association Championships two weeks ago in Springtown are attempting to earn berths this week to the National Junior Olympic Championships in Humble from July 21-27.
The top five individual and relay finishers in each event and age class at Region 12 advance to the national championships, with the exception of the combined events (decathlon, heptathlon, pentathlon and triathlon) where only the top two finishers advance.
Junior Olympic competition is broken down into six age groups, including eight-and-under, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-16 and 17-18, with no moving up or down in class. Age groups through 11-12 are only allowed to compete in three events, including relays. Older class athletes may compete in a maximum of four events, including relays.
All combined-event athletes were required to meet qualifying standards and were passed through to Region 12 from the Southwestern Association championships.
The combined events kicked off the four-day regional competition July 9, along with the 3,200-meter relay, javelin and 100-meter dash prelims. Thursday featured second-day competition in the decathlon and heptathlon, 3,000-meter finals and multiple preliminary running events.
On tap for Friday are the 2,000-meter steeplechase, hurdles finals, 100-meter dash finals, 800-meter run finals, several preliminary running events and several field events.
On Saturday, the competition closes with running event finals and several field events.
Club Vaultitude head coach Toby Howell and 12 athletes left Tuesday for the combined event kickoff on Wednesday morning.
“I’m not exactly sure how many we have overall, but I paid $700 for entry fees and that’s a lot of kids.”