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Tigard Youth Track steps up at nationals

Lauren McFall claims national title in the javelin event


Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - TRIPLE THREAT -- Tigard Youth Track Club's Spencer Smith, Spencer Kuffel and Koby Kessler all earned All-American honors. TIGARD — It was another big summer for the Tigard Youth Track Club.

The Tigard squad won the Oregon Club championship for the eighth straight year. The Tigard team then stepped up to turn in top performances at the USATF state championships and pacific northwest regional competition, which was held in July in Spokane, Wash.

The Tigard Youth Track Club then topped off its sizzling-hot summer with some strong marks at the USATF Junior Olympic National Championships, held July 21-27 at Turner Stadium in Humble, Texas.

The Tigard team qualified 51 competitors for the national championships, with 27 of the Tigard athletes making the trip to Texas.

Leading the way for the Tigard Youth Track team at the Junior Olympics event was Lauren McFall, who claimed a national championship in the girls ages 13-14 javelin competition.Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - THE BEST -- Lauren McFall won a national title in the javelin.

McFall won the title in that event with a throw of 120 feet, 1 inch, which put her more than five feet ahead of second-place Hannah Hall, of Oakland, Calif., who had a mark of 114-9.

McFall was one of five Tigard Youth Track athletes who earned All-American honors by placing in the top eight of their event.

Koby Kessler, Spencer Kuffel and Spencer Smith each earned All-American accolades in a pair of events.

Kuffel took third place in the boys ages 11-12 high jump with a mark of 5-1. He also finished in fourth place in the boys 11-12 pentathlon with a score of 2,426 points.

The pentathlon consisted of the 1,500-meter run, the 80 hurdles, the high jump, the long jump and the shot put. Kuffel had the top mark of all pentathlon competitors in the high jump with a height of 5-1. He was second in the shot put with a throw of 32-5 and he was fourth in the 1,500 with a time of 5 minutes, 4.96 seconds.

Kessler took third place in the boys ages 9-10 high jump with a height of 4-3.25. Kessler also took sixth place in the 9-10 boys triathlon with a score of 574. The triathlon event consisted of the 400-meter dash, the high jump and the shot put. He was second in the high jump in the triathlon competition with a mark of 4-1.25.

Kessler also placed 22nd in the 800 with a time of 2:37.27.

Smith ran to sixth place in the boys ages 13-14 200 hurdles with a time of 26.75.

Smith also took seventh place in the boys 13-14 pentathlon with a score of 2,651. Smith’s top performance in the pentathlon came in the shot put, where he placed third with a toss of 36-3. He was also fifth in the 100 hurdles with a time of 15.00. The other events in the pentathlon included the 1,500, high jump and long jump.

Lauren Paven was the Tigard Youth Track Club’s other All-American. She earned that honor by running to eighth place in the girls 13-14 800 in a time of 2:23.87.Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - RUNNING STRONG -- Lauren Paven was eighth in the 800 at the national championships.

Paven also finished in ninth place in the semifinals of the 400 with a time of 58.02, leaving her just one spot shy of earning another All-American honor.

“We are so proud of Tigard’s young All-Americans,” Tigard Youth Track Club head coach Ralph Greene said. “This year was a turning point for our club. All of our kids and coaches worked so hard to establish Tigard Youth Track among the elite clubs not only in the region, but in the country. We have been traveling to the national championships for year, and, this year, I feel we really represented the northwest and made a statement.”

In addition to the All-American performances, the Tigard Youth Track Club had other strong showings at the national championships.

The Tigard relay team of McDade, Chase Richardson, Woodhouse and Kuffel was ninth in the boys 11-12 4 x 800 relay with a time of 10:15.56.

Philip Abraham sprinted to 15th place in the boys 11-12 100 in a time of 12.62 and he was 19th in the 200 with a mark of 26.54.

Lincoln Woodhouse ran to 12th in the boys 11-12 3,000 in 10:37.65 and he was 17th in the 1,500 in a time of 4:55.15.

The Tigard team of Emily Simmons, Kaylen Blair, Mahaela Ward and Zoe Floyd was 20th in the girls 11-12 4 x 100 relay race with a mark of 55.18.

Andrew McDade was 25th in the boys 11-12 800 in 2:26.25 and he was 45th in the 400 with a time of 1:02.68.

The team of Branden Beyer, Brent Flores, Cole Green and Skyler Holloway was 24th in the boys 13-14 4 x 400 relay in a time of 3:59.01 and the same foursome was 25th in the 4 x 100 relay in a time of 50.51.

The team of Gabrielle Domier, Larissa Chan, Paven and Madison McClellan was 30th in the girls 13-14 4 x 100 relay in a time of 51.74.

The team of Brett Beyer, Hayden Boyd, Kaden Fuller and Abraham was 26th in the boys 11-12 4 x 100 relay with a time of 56.54.

Tucker Olson was 31st in the boys 13-14 triple jump with a distance of 28-0.

Zyon Floyd was 34th in the boys 8-and-under 200 with a time of 31.95 and he took 37th in the 100 with a mark of 15.52.Isabella Loudd was 34th in the girls 11-12 80 hurdles with a time of 14.77.

Matthew Leong, who competed for Horizon Christian last spring at the Class 3A state track and field championships, took 35th place in the boys 15-16 long jump with a distance of 18-11.75.

Zoe Floyd was 37th in the girls 11-12 100 with a time of 13.85.



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