The Umpqua Post. By Alex Powers, Staff Writer

Two Reedsport track athletes will compete late this month at the USATF Junior Olympics after qualifying for events last week in a regional competition.

Ashton Mann and Lindsey Wright, both 16-year-old Reedsport Community Charter School students, will travel to Sacramento to compete with more than 6,000 athletes for titles at the Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships.

Wright is a four-year veteran at nationals. In younger age groups, she qualified for pole vault and high jump. She did not compete last year because of illness.

At Omaha, Neb., in 2008, Wright took sixth in the high jump and eighth in the pole vault.

This year, Wright will be at the top of the 15 and 16-year-old division. It’s her first time qualifying for three events.

“I’m still really excited for it,” she said.

Wright took first in the high jump at the USATF District 13 regionals last week in Washington with a mark of 1.6 meters.

Her 2.9-meter mark in pole vault ranked her third in the event.

The most impressive mark, however, was a second-place finish in the heptathlon that includes jumping, throwing and sprinting events.

“It’s a lot to handle,” Wright said.

Mann qualified in the 100 relay with the Two Rivers track club of Eugene when that team placed second at 51.83 seconds.

She was happy with the qualifying mark.

“It was really exciting. I’m happy because it was part of my team, rather than just by myself,” Mann said. “I’m happy that I could be part of a relay.

Mann has competed in Junior Olympics since 2004.

She said regional meets tough.

“They’re pretty intense,” Mann said. “It’s a lot more competition than what I’m used to, school-wise, but you see a lot of great athletes who can push you to do better.”

This is Mann’s first season qualifying for nationals.

Wright also had a 4.8-meter flight in the long jump. Mann flew 4.33 in that event for 14th and took 12th in the triple jump with a mark of 8.77.

In the 200, her only other running event, Mann crossed in 27.45 — nearly two seconds behind the leader.By Alex Powers

Staff Writer

Two Reedsport track athletes will compete late this month at the USATF Junior Olympics after qualifying for events last week in a regional competition.

Ashton Mann and Lindsey Wright, both 16-year-old Reedsport Community Charter School students, will travel to Sacramento to compete with more than 6,000 athletes for titles at the Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships.

Wright is a four-year veteran at nationals. In younger age groups, she qualified for pole vault and high jump. She did not compete last year because of illness.

At Omaha, Neb., in 2008, Wright took sixth in the high jump and eighth in the pole vault.

This year, Wright will be at the top of the 15 and 16-year-old division. It’s her first time qualifying for three events.

“I’m still really excited for it,” she said.

Wright took first in the high jump at the USATF District 13 regionals last week in Washington with a mark of 1.6 meters.

Her 2.9-meter mark in pole vault ranked her third in the event.

The most impressive mark, however, was a second-place finish in the heptathlon that includes jumping, throwing and sprinting events.

“It’s a lot to handle,” Wright said.

Mann qualified in the 100 relay with the Two Rivers track club of Eugene when that team placed second at 51.83 seconds.

She was happy with the qualifying mark.

“It was really exciting. I’m happy because it was part of my team, rather than just by myself,” Mann said. “I’m happy that I could be part of a relay.

Mann has competed in Junior Olympics since 2004.

She said regional meets are tough.

“They’re pretty intense,” Mann said. “It’s a lot more competition than what I’m used to, school-wise, but you see a lot of great athletes who can push you to do better.”

This is Mann’s first season qualifying for nationals.

Wright also had a 4.8-meter flight in the long jump. Mann flew 4.33 in that event for 14th and took 12th in the triple jump with a mark of 8.77.

In the 200, her only other running event, Mann crossed in 27.45 — nearly two seconds behind the leader.