Avery Hawks AAU Junior Olympics track team continues to shine

Avery Hawks AAU Junior Olympics track team members are Addy Sturm, back left, Taylee McDaniel, Morgan Green and Nathan Reeves.

The Avery Hawks Amateur Athletic Union Junior Olympic Track Team recently wrapped up its two-meet schedule, which included competition in Oakdale and Reno. Five local athletes competed in the Region 22 qualifier in Oakdale on June 22, and the final event took place July 1 in Reno.

Avery Middle School’s Taylee McDaniel and Addy Sturm competed in the girls’ 12 800-meter race and both achieved personal bests. McDaniel recorded a time of 2:52 and Sturm finished in 2:55. McDaniel, who was the sixth-grade Calaveras County triple-jump champion, also competed in the 400 meters. Sturm, who won the 660-yard run at the Calaveras County meet, took part in the 200-meter race.

Sophie Bouma, 12, also from Avery, competed in her first pentathlon and finished with a score of 1955. Bouma’s events included the long jump (13 feet), high jump (4 feet, 1 inch), shot put (25 feet, 10 inches), 80-meter hurdles (0:16.45) and the 800 meters (2:58.08). Bouma had previously never competed in the hurdles or high jump and had only long-jumped once before. Her score qualified her for the National Junior Olympics Meet in Des Moines, Iowa.

Avery Hawks AAU Junior Olympics track team continues to shine

Sophie Bouma

Mark Twain Elementary School’s Nathan Reeves took first in the Boys’ 14 shot put in Oakdale with a toss of 35 feet, 2 inches. Reeves also tripled jumped 32 feet, 3.5 inches in his first time trying the event. He then finished the 100 meters in 12.52 and recorded a 25.74 in the 200 meters. Reeves was a four-event champion at the Calaveras County meet in May.

Morgan Green, of Avery Middle School, was the only athlete who competed at both meets. Green established personal bests in both the Girls 13 400 meters (fourth place in 1:04.12) and the 200 meters (fifth place in 28.33). Both finishes were also national qualifiers. Green also ran the 100 meters in 13.8 for 10th place in a field of over 40 girls.

Green’s Reno 400 time would have placed her third in the Mother Lode League varsity finals, only behind Bret Harte’s Katie Juarez and Calaveras’ Jordan Harper.

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