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Ten athletes from the Miami Valley Track Club traveled to Greensboro, N.C., last week to compete in the USA Junior Olympic Track & Field championships. Five came home as All Americans, having finished in the top eight in the nation in their events.

Leading the way were National Champions Erika Shaver and Jacob GunderKline. Shaver, a senior-to-be, posted the fastest time of the year by a high school girl in 2009 by winning the 3,000-meter race walk for 17- and 18-year-olds in a time of 15:24.62.

GunderKline, a Yellow Springs High School alumnus who is headed to Goshen College in the fall, won the 3,000-meter race walk for 17- and 18-year-olds in 14:55.67.

MVTC continued to dominate the scene with Reini Brickson of YSHS taking second in the young women’s race walk, and John Randall, a senior at Beavercreek, taking second in the young men’s race.

Mitchell Brickson (YSHS), was fourth in the intermediate boys race walk with a new personal best of 15:39.33. Sydney Beal, from Beavercreek, finished eighth in the 11–12 girls division.

Brickson, who captains this fall’s YSHS cross country team, was 14th in the same race as she straddled all of the barriers flawlessly in a new personal best of 9:24.42.


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