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Records fall at the Region 2 Championships


CHESTER, Pa. – Round 2 of the Junior Olympic Championship progessional series was held July 7-10 at Widener University.  1239 athletes participated in the competition as the Three Rivers Association was joined by the Mid-Atlantic, New Jersey, and Niagara Associations. TRA sent at total of 235 athletes from 17 teams (10 unattached).

Athletes had much stiffer competition and the advancement window narrowed as only the top 5 athletes qualified for the National Championships scheduled for July 25th – 31st in Sacramento, CA.  In combined events the top 2 athletes earned the trip to Sacramento. Once again, TRA athletes performed very well taking home almost three dozen Regional Championship crowns. Isaiah Melvin of Valley Speedsters led the way with a record setting performance in the 13-14 boys Pentathlon. His total score was 2958 and surpassed the previous Region 2 record by 19 points set the year prior. Isaiah participated in several other events and won the high jump in 1.80m setting a new TRA record.

Isaiah’s teammate, Corinn Brewer, also had a great Region 2 competition. She placed 1st in the 11-13 girls 1500m with a time of 5:16.28 which set a new TRA record. She earned an additional Region 2 crown in the 3000m. 8 & under girl, Taylor Neese of Wings of Moon, placed 1st  in both the Long Jump and Shot Put where she set Association records in each. She also placed 1st in the mini javelin.  Final association records were set by Mylah Wilder, 8UG of Penn Hills Eagles, in the 800m and Grace Howard, 11-12 girls, who placed 1st in the high jump.

Other Region 2 Champions:

Athlete Team Age Division Event(s)
Lenna Birchard, Amina Robinson, Whitney Robinson, Mylah Wilder Penn Hills Eagles 8 & U Girls 4×400
Christa Sims, Gabrielle Layne, Amina Josephs, Nia Jones Steel City Express 9-10 Girls 4×400
Sydney Birchard Penn Hills Eagles 9-10 Girls Javelin
Corryn Conner, Dreonna Lewis, Leelyn Banks, Larissa Shelby Penn Hills Eagles 11-12 Girls 4×100
Parker Fanella Unattached 13-14 Girls Discus
Grace Henderson Valley Speedsters 13-14 Girls Pentathlon
Darcy Frazier Unattached 15-16 Girls Heptathlon
Brenna Cavanaugh Valley Speedsters 17-18 W 100m, 100mH, LJ
Jadyn Tiracave Mountain Top 17-18 W Javelin
Grant Brewer Valley Speedsters 8 & U B 1500m
Darriell Williams Eastern Elite TC 8 & U B SP, JT
Yeshua Musoba, Covenant Musoba, De’reon Washington, Ziare Wilder Penn Hills Eagles 9-10 B 4×100
James Brewer Valley Speedsters 9-10 B Javelin
Christopher Sullivan Penn Hills Eagles 11-12 B SP, Discus
Elijah White River City Elite 11-12 B Javelin
Kenyan Smith, Christopher Sullivan, Jermaine Taylor, Jesse Vanwyk Penn Hills Eagles 11-12 B 4×400
Alexander Trower Western PA All Stars 15 -16 B 100m
Andre Vasquez River City Elite 15 -16 B 110mH
Michael Tomlin Next Level Athletics 15 -16 B 400mH
Liam Nobbs Nadia 15 -16 B Decathlon
Isaiah Bailey Penn Hills Eagles 17-18 M 800m
Michael Gallagher Pacer Track Club 17-18 M 2000m SC
Noah Swaby Future Stars 17-18 M Decathlon

Complete competition results can be found here.

More information on the 2016 USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships can be found here.