Omega athletes earn trips to nationals

By: Journal Sports Staff
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Sixteen of 21 Omega Youth Track Club athletes who competed at the Amateur Athletic Union West Coast Junior Olympic Championships in Reno, Nev. over the Fourth of July weekend advanced to the AAU National Junior Olympic Games in Des Moines, Iowa later this month. Omega athletes broke four meet records in Reno. The club, based in Lake of the Pines, took home six gold medals, six silvers and six bronzes, as well as 16 places four through six. The top six finishers in each event qualified for the National games. “With us being a new club, not in our wildest dreams did we expect this degree of success at the West Coast Junior Olympics,” coach Pete Negri said. “We are thrilled at the success and proud of each of our athletes. To advance to the National Junior Olympic Games is possibly a once in a lifetime opportunity for these young athletes.” Carissa Negri took gold in the sub-bantam (9-year-old) girls shot put, breaking the meet record with a throw of 17 feet, 8 1/4 inches. Joel Murman went 15 feet, 4 ½ inches to earn a gold medal and break the meet record in the midget (12-year-old) boys long jump. Breanne Mitchell won two golds in the intermediate (15- and 16-year old) girls division, setting a new meet record in the 3,000-meter run and also winning the 1,500-meter race. Madalyn Groulx threw 37 feet in the young women (17- and 18-year-old) shot put event to set a new meet record and also took home gold in the discus. Omega’s silver medals included Cassidy Negri in shot put, Sierra Mitchell and Nick Mertens in the sub-youth 1,500-meter runs, Jason Rhein in the sub-youth high jump, Brad Botsford in the youth shot put and Michael Batchelor in the intermediate 3,000-meter run. Sierra Mitchell won bronze in the 3,000-meter run, as did Mertens in the 800-meter run and discus, Zac Nelson in the youth 1,500-meter run and Kendal Nielsen in the intermediate long jump and 100-meter dash. Cameron Kodai and Reid Zolldan advanced to the National Junior Olympic Games in the primary boys long jump along with Murman in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, Sierra Mitchell in the 800-meter run, Noah Hedenland in the sub-youth discus, shot put and high jump, Rhein in the 400-meter dash, Nelson in the 800-meter run, Cole Negri in the youth boys shot put, Nielsen in the 200-meter and 400-meter dashes, Breanne Mitchell in the 800-meter run and Batchelor in the 800-meter and 1,500-meter races. “Being a newly sanctioned youth track club we didn’t have the time to be prepared for this economically,” Pete Negri said. “We really need the community’s financial help and support with donations and sponsorships so that these local Junior Olympians can compete at the national level.” For more information, contact Negri at (916) 205-2872.