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Thursday, June 17, 2021

Western athletes win huge at NJCAA

Former Western Champs stars Courtney Lawrence of Cloud County Neighborhood Faculty and Nia Robinson of Barton County Faculty have been winners on the Nationwide Junior Faculty Athletics Affiliation (NJCAA) indoor championships held on the Robert W Plaster Heart in Pittsburgh, Kansas, final weekend.

Lawrence, the previous Petersfield ISSA Champs and Penn Relays winner, gained the boys’s shot put to crown an unbeaten season whereas Robinson, previously of Rusea’s Excessive Faculty, gained a full set of medals, highlighted by a gold within the girls’s lengthy leap.

One other former Petersfield Excessive thrower Daniel Cope set a brand new private finest and Cloud County weight throw file as he copped second place, whereas former Spot Valley Excessive middle-distance runner Tyrese Reid was additionally second within the males’s 800m.

Lawrence ended his indoor season unbeaten as he threw 18.83m, within the fifth spherical, to win the shot put, making up for his silver medal final yr.

He trailed Barton County’s Fred Moudani by means of the primary three rounds earlier than taking the lead with 18.69 within the fourth, then prolonged his lead within the subsequent spherical.

Robinson acquired the championships off to a superb begin on Friday when she jumped an enormous private finest 6.12m, ninth finest all-time at Barton, to take the gold medal.

She was second within the excessive leap early on Saturday when she cleared an indoor finest 1.71m. That’s the similar peak as her teammate, former Edwin Allen jumper Annia Ashley. They have been each behind former St Elizabeth Technical athlete Alliyah McNeil of Iowa Western who gained with 1.76m, additionally her private finest.

Robinson was third within the triple leap with 12.26m, simply behind Ashley who repeated her silver medal from final yr with 12.39m.

Cope twice beat his earlier private finest on Friday to complete with 20.01m, two weeks after he gained the Area VI title on the similar venue with 19.35m. He additionally improved on his fourth place eventually yr’s nationwide.

After beginning with two fouls, the previous ISSA Champs Class 2 discus winner stayed within the competitors with a ‘secure throw’ of 16.39m earlier than he jumped into second place with a throw of 18.18m.

He then adopted up together with his two greatest throws ever, 19.61m within the fifth spherical then acquired over the 20.00m within the remaining spherical. Defending champion Andrei Romanov of New Mexico Junior Faculty retained his title with 21.26m and Barton County’s Fabio Hessling repeated his bronze medal efficiency from final yr with 17.85m.

Reid was tipped to win the 800m after successful at regionals a fortnight prior and led the rankings coming into the championships however was out-duelled by former Calabar Excessive runner Javon-Taye Williams of South Plains who scored an upset win, operating 1:52.13 seconds as Reid clocked 1:52.46 seconds.

 

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