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MySprintClub recap: 2017 AAU NJ Districts Jr Olympics Champions

  • MySprintClub athletes won 28 medals at the AAU New Jersey District Junior Olympic Championship this past weekend. Led by Jeremy Torre (2 gold, 2 silver) and All-American athletes Shamali Whittle, Alyssa Campbell and Sebastian Rubio (2 gold each), the team finished with 13 gold, 9silver, and 6 bronze medals.
     
    Impressively, all 27 athletes advanced to participate in a whopping 68 events at the AAU Regional Championship, which will take place June 30-July 2. 
     
    Torre won 14U 100m (12.27s) and defended his Long Jump title (18'9") after running a big PB 54.41s in the 400m (2nd). Torre is a nationally ranked long jumper and continues to grow from strength to strength in the 400m. 
     
    Whittle (13U) sped to gold in the 200m hurdles in a national-leading 26.87s.  He returned to defend his 100m sprint title in 12.35s. Whittle remains undefeated in 12 AAU districts and regional championship races in the last three years. However, an injury forced him out of defending his 200m title.
     
    All-American Selah Dungey (13U) successfully defended her title in the High Jump (4'8"). Dungey added a bronze medal in the 100m hurdles and also advanced in the Long Jump.
     
    In the Long Jump, Jalen Balbuena (11U) was in good form, unleashing a massive PB of 14'8", which ranks among the top 10 in the country to date, per Elite Youth National Ranking. Balbuena also advanced to regionals in both the 100m and the 200m.
     
    Brianna Shepherd (9U) continued her breakout year, capturing her first-ever state title, winning the 800m in 2:55.16s. Shepherd also took silver and bronze respectively in the Long Jump and 400m. 
     
    Ryan Peña (14U) also turned out an impressive performance with a big PB in the 800m (2:13.83s, 2nd). Peña also advanced in the 400m. In addition, he teamed up with Justin Torre, Claude Shepherd, and Kevin Martinez for silver in the 4x8 relay (13-14div) before later returning with the Torre brothers and Elijah Somerville for silver in the 4x4 relay (13-14 div) in a sharp 3:49.52s. 
     
    Elijah Somerville and Justin Torre would also add to their medal tally with their first ever gold medal at states, winning the 200m hurdles (14U, 29.80s) and Shot Put (14U, 35'11") respectively.
     
    National standout thrower Alyssa Campbell (14U) moved up one spot from last year, taking gold in both Shot Put (39'5.5") and Discuss. She will also compete in the Javelin at regionals.
     
    Rubio (8U) was also in impressive form, taking both the Shot Put (19'5") and Turbo Jav (43'0") titles and remains on path to national title contention. Rubio hopes to improve on his silver medal finish at the National Indoor Championship from earlier this year.
     
    Other medalists included:
    Anaijah Brown (9U): Shot Put 3rd (16'1.75")
    Dustin DeCambre (10U) 100m 3rd (14.30s)
    Katelyn Peña (9U): Shot Put 2nd (16'11.25")
    Nolan Peña (8U): Shot Put 3rd (12'0")
    Kera Taffe (11U): Long Jump 2nd (13'1")
    Kennedi Williams (10U): 1500m 2nd (6:00.98s); 800m 3rd (3:00.64s)
    Teleyah Witherspoon (14U): 200m hurdles 2nd (31.84s)
     
    Other athletes doing well and advancing to regionals are:
    Devin DeCambre, 10U (LJ 5th 11'11", 100m, 200m)
    Dylan DeCambre, 12U (400m 6th 66.19s, 800m 6th 2:34.16s, LJ 8th 13'0")
    Jayden Desouza, 9U (LJ 5th 10'8.5", 100m)
    Sydney Dungey, 11U (LJ 5th 11'7", 200m, 4x1)
    Tiana Gardiner, 11U (100m, 200m, 4x1)
    Evans Pare, 12U (80m hurdles 4th 17.52s, 400m, 800m)
    Gina Rubio, 12U (LJ 4th 12'7", 200m 7th 29.00s, 4x1)
    Gabrielle Snell, 9U (LJ 5th 11'4", 100m, 200m)
     
    Overall, MySprintClub athletes did great, and we look forward to their continued development and PBs over the next few weeks. Next stop: USATF New York State Championship, 6/17-6/18!
     
    MSC Contact:
    Coach Horace Taffe
    +1 (678) - 743 - 1141
     

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