Bellville area youth compete at AAU national meet

BELLVILLE — Seven local youth track and field athletes competed in the Junior Olympics AAU National Track and Field competition held at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Mi., earlier this month. The event featured 1,046 teams from all over the country, ages five to 18.

Events and achievements were as follows:

Trey Sellers, 9, Butler Elementary, made a seventh place podium appearance in high jump, with a jump of 3’.03.25”. This was his first year in the Junior Olympic (J.O.) competition, and his first year of participating in track and field. During the weeks prior to J.O.’s, Trey was struggling with this event and rose to achieve a personal record at the critical moment. Ty Sellers, 12, threw the shot put 31’ 4” in his rookie year. He also threw the discus 80’ 4” placing him 15th in the country in discus. Logan Richmond, 12, placed 12th in the high jump in his first time in this J.O. national competition, with a jump of 4’ 3.25”. Logan is also in his Rookie Year.

Andrew Watts, 14, finished his rookie year in track and field with a shot put distance of 32’ 1.25”. He threw the discus 90’ 11” and the javelin, 97’ 1”.

Jonah Robison, 9, Butler Elementary, competed in the J.O. national competition for the first time, as well. Jonah threw the javelin 39’ 8”.

Claire Blubaugh, 13, competed in the 3,000 meter run, with a time of 13:48.3, beating her own best time by 15 seconds in this rookie year at J.O. nationals. She plans to continue on by running with Clear Fork Middle School Cross Country.

Hayden Bateson, 12, competed in these events for the first time at nationals: javelin, with a throw of 77’ 10”; the long jump; and the 80 meter hurdles with a time of 14.78 seconds. Other local athletes who qualified to compete in the Junior Olympics but were unable to attend: Katie Beck, 8, Bellville Elementary and Ryanne Donaugh, 11, of Butler Elementary.

“We’re so very proud of these athletes, most of whom are rookies to their events, who competed against top track and field athletes from all over the nation,” said Coach Jason Bateson. “While there are many other popular sports, this track and field program continues to grow.”

Coach Bateson wishes to thank Coach Emily Ebert and Coach Eric Beck for volunteering their time to support these young athletes. All youth ages six to 18 are encouraged to participate in Clear Fork Youth AAU Track and Field, and indoor season will begin in November. Please call Coach Bateson at 419-571-1365 for details.

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Courtesy photos This collage is of student who took part in a recent AAU national track and field meet. photos This collage is of student who took part in a recent AAU national track and field meet.

Staff report