Several local athletes competed recently in track and field events, and two qualified to compete in the upcoming USA Track and Field Junior Olympics.
Carmel Valley athlete Charlotte Maher reigns as Region 15 champion in the 13/14 Girls Javelin, qualifying to compete in the upcoming Junior Olympics. She also placed fourth in shot put, advancing to the Junior Olympics in that sport as well.
, placing second overall in the region in mini-javelin, fourth in shot put and fifth in discus for 11/12 boys. Both youths are part of Millenium Express track club.
Carmel Valley resident Samantha Thralls placed second in the 11/12 girls 3000 meter run. Teammate Katelyn Butler from Carmel Valley placed second in the 15/16 girls javelin throw. Both girls are members of Speed to Burn track club.
Lucas Hofrichter of Carmel Valley-based Eagles Wings placed fourth in the 13/14 boys 100 meter hurdles, third in the 200 meter hurdles, second in the 13/14 boys high jump and took first place as Region 15 champion in the 13/14 boys long jump.
Teammate Catherine Groenke took second in the 15/16 girls pole vault.
The 48th USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships will be held at Turner Stadium in Humble, Texas, from July 21-27. Many of today’s Olympic stars began their track and field careers competing in the USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships. More than 10,000 athletes are expected to converge on Humble, Texas (near Houston) for this weeklong competition. Visit