Monument track athlete Sophia Pettit enjoyed success at the AAU West Coast Championships in Reno, Nev., in June. She’s set to compete in the national AAU Junior Olympic Games in Des Moines, Iowa, later this month.
School is out in Monument but track athlete Sophia Pettit, who finished seventh grade, continues to shine in her events this summer.
Pettit has dedicated her summer to improving her track skills, while participating in AAU sports, said her coach, and father, Earl Pettit.
She qualified for Nationals at USA Track and Field in the 100-meter dash after recording a time of 13.06 seconds.
“The time was her best of the year and she is excited to be close to breaking the 13-second barrier,” Earl said.
Instead of attending Nationals, she plans to compete at the national AAU Junior Olympics in late July at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
In June, Sophia participated in the AAU West Coast Championships in Reno, Nev., with good marks in her events.
Competing as an unattached athlete, she earned silver in the long jump with a leap of 15-8.50, silver in the triple jump with a mark of 28-2 and had a time of 13.37 in the 100-meter dash.
Her coach said competition is tight.
He said winning “comes down to hundredths, if not thousandths of seconds,” he said of the Reno event. “Over 850 participants from track clubs from Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Montana, Arizona, Nevada, as well as Louisiana and Texas participated in this meet.”
“She’s especially excited about her progress in the long jump,” he said. Sophia has improved her triple jump by 8 inches since competition during the school year.
Sophia says she especially enjoys talking about where she’s from with the other athletes at the events, who come from large teams.
She likes “the stunned looks on their faces” when she tells them she comes from Monument, a town of 100 in Eastern Oregon, and that she attends a K-12 school with 50 students – and has had no access to a regulation track, she said.