Members of the Ultimate Performance Track & Field Team after competing in Mississippi recently. The team will take 24 qualifiers to the Region 6 championship meet July 10-13 in Birmingham, Alabama. / Courtesy Photo
The Ultimate Performance Track & Field Club of West Monroe qualified 24 local youth athletes for the USATF Region 6 Championships.
The group competed over the weekend in McComb, Mississippi, with the top eight athletes in each event qualifying for the USATF Region 6 Championship meet to be held July 10-13 in Birmingham, Alabama.
The team had 20 top 3 finishers while competing against more than 40 track teams from across the south.
The qualifiers included: Morgan Applewhite (long jump, 400-meters), Sarah Krishna (400-meters, long Jump, and 200-meters), Maggie Hermann (high jump, triple jump and javelin), Braylee Dryg (javelin), Nia Banks (javelin, discus), Autmn Hughes (1500-meter walk, shot put), Troyrica Gaines (shot put, discus), Victoria Gates (discus, shot put), Allison Edwards (80-meter hurdles), Claire Russell (80-meter hurdles), Jasmine Myles (80-meter hurdles), Cauri Hughes (long jump, 100-meters, 200-meters), Shundale Best (long jump, 100-meters, and 200-meters), Sabrina Curtis (high jump), Gabriel Northcutt (high jump, long jump), Tyler Harris (long jump, high jump, and 100-meters), Austin Nadler (long jump, triple jump, high jump), Zach Murphy (triple jump), Carter Ellerman (high jump, 110-meter hurdles), Zane Maxwell (javelin), Kaiden Krishna (discus, javelin), Dakota Rushing (400-meters, javelin), Braden Grubb (shot put, javelin), Keyatta Buckley (shot put) and Jeremiah Allen (shot put).
Two athletes that stayed ahead of the pack and took first place in the meet were Cauri Hughes and Carter Ellerman. Hughes won first place in his division of both the 100-meter dash and the long jump. Ellerman took first in the high jump.
“We were real pleased with the way the kids performed,” Ultimate Performance coach Michael McDaniel said. “It really came down to how hard they worked and how well prepared they had gotten. We had good practices and the kids went out and performed at a high level.”
Now it is back to practice for the team and the 24 qualifiers with just a couple weeks to train before the Region 6 championship meet. The top 5 in each event at the Region 6 meet qualify for Junior Olympic Nationals July 21-27 at Turner Stadium in Humble, Texas.