Local high jumper peaking for Jr. Olympics

Jul. 24, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

Sanford's Chelan Stanford will compete in her first USATF (USA Track and Field) National Junior Olympics this weekend and she's going into the high jump event there at a new personal best.

In the 2013 Russell E. Blunt East Coast Invitational in Durham Friday-Sunday, Stanford placed fourth in the girls 11-12 year-old long jump, with a mark of 14-feet-0.25, and fourth in the high jump with a new personal record in competition at 4-feet-7.

Stanford's finishes were some of multiple top places for Sandhills Track Club.

Sandhills, a year-around club based at Union Pines and Pinecrest high schools, had four individual champs and its boys 17-18 year-old team win its division title.

Spencer Walden, a Union Pines graduate, won the boys 17-18 high jump with a mark of 6-feet-8.75. Walden bested Steven Dunbar of Lions Den club via a tiebreaker.

Mateius Brown, a rising senior at Western Harnett, won the 17-18 shot put at 55-feet-11. Jalen Peterkin of the Durham Striders was second at 52-feet-6.75. Brown finished second in the discus (151-3) and the javelin (137-11).

Sandhills' Matthew Carllson added points in all three throwing events, finishing third in the discus (147-11), third in the javelin (131-4) and fourth in the shot (50-3.5).

Sandhills edged Western Branch Track Club, of Chesapeake, Va., 53-51 atop the boys 17-18 standings.

Tiarra Bailey, a rising junior at Jack Britt, won the girls 15-16 800 meters in 2:20.69, beating the rest of the field by more than four seconds.

Romel Ponder, a rising junior at Overhills, won the boys 15-16 long jump with a best jump of 20-feet-7.25.

More point-scoring places by Sandhills athletes were - Timbre Kelly taking second in the girls 9-10 high jump (3-9.25). Jania Hodges was third in the girls 11-12 high jump (4-7). Hayden Smith was second in the boys 11-12 javelin (98-8) and third in the high jump (4-1.25). Tyrese Kelly placed second in the boys 13-14 triple jump (31-4) and Khawon Kelly was fifth in the boys 13-14 shot put (36-9).

The USATF National Junior Olympics opened Monday and runs through Sunday at North Carolina A&T's Irwin Belk Track in Greensboro.