Hubbard and Jones lead Virginia athletes at Junior Olympic nationals in California

8/2/2016
 
Hubbard_ShatiaThe USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships concluded on Sunday in Sacramento, California with 12 Virginia athletes competing in the championships during the seven day competition held on the campus of Sacramento State University.  The Virginia athletes competed in a total of 20 events in temperatures that topped 100 degrees during the first six days of competition and a high of 91 degrees on the final day.  
A total of 7,524 athletes competed this week at Sacramento State, making the 50th anniversary event the largest USATF Junior Olympics ever west of the Mississippi River.

Virginia athletes earned six visits to the awards podium to receive championship medals and all-American hats for placing in the top eight in their events.  

MVP Track Club teammates Shatia Hubbard (Hopewell, Va.) and Joselyn Jones (Stafford, Va.) each earned all-American honors in the triple jump.  Hubbard finished third in the 17-18 division while Jones was fifth in the 13-14 division.  

Hubbard leaped a career best 12.44m (40-09¾) on her second jump of the competition.  She was just 6¾ inches behind the event winner Harleigh White of Maryland.  She is a 2015 graduate of Hopewell High School.  She currently competes for Iowa Central Community College where she finished sixth in the triple jump at the 2016 NJCAA National Indoor Championships. 


Jones a raising freshmen at Chancellor High School jumped 10.79m (35-05) for her fifth place finish.  Her mark was a 7½ inch improvement on her winning performance at the region 3 championships two weeks ago. This is her first year competing in the event.  She also placed 23rd in the long jump with a leap of 4.87m (15-11¾).

Picking up six place finishes were Zoi Betties (Fredericksburg, Va.) in the girl 13-14 3000m race walk and Isaiah Stephens (Emporia, Va.) in the boys 11-12 javelin.

Rounding out the all-American performances for Virginia were Abigail Howes (Port Royal, Va. / MVP Track Club) who finished seventh in the 400m hurdles and the MVP Track Club’s girls 13-14 4x400m relay team that finished eighth.  Howes was the only all-American in the 400m hurdles that will return to the 15-16 division next year as the other seven graduate to the 17-18 division.

Below are the complete results for the Virginia athletes:

RESULTS 

Place

Name

Club

Division

Event

Performance

3

Shatia Hubbard

MVP Track Club

17-18 girls

Triple Jump

12.44m/40-09.75

5

Joselyn Jones

MVP Track Club

13-14 girls

Triple Jump

10.79m/35-05.00

6

Isaiah Stephens

 

11-12 boys

Javelin

42.29m/138-09

6

Zoi Betties

 

13-14 girls

3000m Race Walk

19:02.82

7

Abigail Howes

MVP Track Club

15-16 girls

400m hurdles

1:05.27

8

 MVP Track Club

 

13-14 girls

4x400m Relay

4:07.70

12

Erin Higgins

 

15-16 girls

Heptathlon

3555 pts.

13

Courtney Higgins

 

17-18 girls

Heptathlon

3913 pts.

13

 MVP Track Club

 

13-14 girls

4x100m Relay

50.58

23

Joselyn Jones

MVP Track Club

13-14 girls

Long Jump

4.87m/15-11.75

23

Kennedy Flynn

MVP Track Club

9-10 girls

200m

29.91

24

Isabelle LeBey

Growing Runners TC

17-18 girls

1500m

5:10.42

24

Isaiah Stephens

 

11-12 boys

Shot Put

9.68m/31-09.25

24

Shatia Hubbard

MVP Track Club

17-18 girls

High Jump

1.45m/4-09

30

Cullen Capuano

 

15-16 boys

3000m

9:56.22

30

Kennedy Flynn

MVP Track Club

9-10 girls

100m

14.49

32

Tamara Washington

 

15-16 girls

1500m

5:11.00

36

Isaiah Stephens

 

11-12 boys

Discus

13.85m/45-05

43

Abigail Howes

MVP Track Club

15-16 girls

800m

2:32.52

50

Dominique Cunningham

MVP Track Club

13-14 girls

200m Hurdles

32.30

Q

Abigail Howes

MVP Track Club

15-16 girls

400m hurdles - 1st rd

1:05.38

Q

Abigail Howes

MVP Track Club

15-16 girls

400m hurdles - semi

1:04.36 (#6)

Q

Kennedy Flynn

MVP Track Club

9-10 girls

200m - 1st rd.

29.53

Q

 MVP Track Club

 

13-14 girls

4x400m Relay -1st rd

4:08.71 (#8)

Q = Qualified for next round


Next year’s national championships are slated for the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas July 24-30.


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