Jack Kobylka (right), of the Napa Track Club, won the 1,500 meters while competing July 5-7 in Pleasant Hill. He and other members claimed six medals and all qualified for the Junior Olympics.  Submitted photos


Athletes from Napa Track Club competed in the Region 14 Junior Olympics Championship July 5-7 at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, where a club-record 19 athletes qualified to move on to the Junior Olympics National Meet in Greensboro. N.C. later this month.

Region 14 encompasses all of Northern and Central California as well as Western Nevada. At the meet, the top three finishers in each event earned medals, and the top five finishers qualified for the national meet in North Carolina.

Team members earned a total of 19 medals - five golds, eight silvers and six bronzes - and recorded 13 new personal bests.

Leading the way was Sofia Tinnon, who captured two golds and recorded two personal bests in the 9-10 Girls Division. She won the shot put with a throw of 21 feet, 7.25 inches, and the turbo javelin with a toss of 75-3.

In the 17-18 age group, Jack Kobylka recorded two personal bests en route to capturing gold in the 1,500 meters (4 minutes, 17.12 seconds) and silver in the 800 meters (2:04.33).

Liam Wallace-Harper took home the gold in the 9-10 boys high jump. His winning jump was a personal-record height of 3-10.

The club’s final gold was earned back in June by Claire Pirio at the Region 14 Multi-Events Championships. She won the 17-18 girls heptathlon with a personal-record score for the seven events of 3,626 points.

Julia Grimm took home a pair of silver medals in the 17-18 girls division. She placed second and recorded a personal best in the javelin (101-0) and was also second in the long jump (15-6.75).

In the 11-12 girls division, Madison Klungel captured two bronze medals, taking third place in the high jump (4-2) and third in the 80-meter hurdles (16.70).

Madison Mott, competing in the 15-16 girls group, came home with a silver medal after recording a personal record in the hammer throw (116-6). She also qualified to advance to nationals with a fourth-place finish in the discus.

Other silver medal winners were Natasha Beitz in the 9-10 high jump (3-2.25), Donna Roscoe with a PR in the 13-14 3,000-meter racewalk (20:24.87), Angelique Lopez in the 17-18 100-meter dash (13.02) and Brendan Cardey in the 17-18 javelin (164-0).

Bronze medal winners were Angelina Oggenfuss in the 9-10 high jump (3-0.25), Austin Steed with a personal record in the 15-16 girls hammer throw (93- 6), Solomon Tinnon in the 13-14 discus (89-4) and Kevin Tunnell in the 15-16 discus (118- 5).

Tinnon also qualified to move on to JOs with a personal record and fifth-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles (19.56), while Tunnell also advanced with a fifth in the javelin (106-9).

Two athletes in the 13-14 age group recorded new personal bests en route to qualifying for the national meet. Cailey Eade earned her spot with a fifth-place finish in the 800 meters (2:24.62), while Isabella Ogenfuss made it in with a fifth in the high jump (4-7).

Also qualifying for JOs were Ben O’Dwyer with a fourth-place finish in the 15-16 high jump (5-3.75) and Mia Oggenfuss with fifth-place finishes in the 11-12 high jump (4-0) and 80-meter hurdles (18.05).