Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Local track and field athletes wrap up efforts at national Junior Olympics

The East Palo Alto Greyhounds' Midget Girls' 400 relay team had the best finish of any local competitors at the USATF National Junior Olympics track and field championships that finished up Sunday at Sacramento City College.

The Greyhounds' team of Aishah Ahmad, Rashawn Ford, Jenae Pennywell and Nalani Williams finished sixth in the finals in 52.01. The same squad had qualified first in their qualifying heat in 51.70.

Also reaching the finals was Menlo-Atherton senior Jason McGhee in the Young Men's 800. He wound up eighth in 1:55.81 after qualifying seventh in his heat in 1:55.26. The race capped a solid season for McGhee, who reached the California State Meet for the first time in June.

McGhee also ran on the ISC International Empire TC's mile relay team that just missed qualifying for the finals, taking ninth overall in 3:19.75. Other team members included Jesse Arenas, Andrew Chapman and Juquelle Thompson. 

Madeline Price, an incoming freshman at Menlo School and also a member of the Menlo iGreyhounds, finished 10th overall with a time of 57.92 in the Intermediate Girls' 400 meters. Price's personal record last summer was 1:00.65.

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