Squinting from the sun and the 103 degree weather, Jake Rodriguez, on left, and Dakota Swadinsky, on right, pose for a picture at the USATF National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships. (Photo submitted by Lisa Rodriguez)




ROCHELLE � Last week, Dakota Swadinsky and Jake Rodriguez were competing in the USATF National Junior Olympics Track and Field Championships in Baltimore, Md. Looking back at their time spent on the East Coast, the two have mixed emotions on how the track meet went.

Swadinsky, who is about to start his sophomore year at Rochelle Township High School, qualified for the Junior Olympics after he ran a 2 minute, 3.56 second 800-meter dash at the Region 7 qualifier in Franklin, Ind.