|SCHOLASTIC TRACK & FIELD: ARIANA GAMBRELL WINS PAIR OF MEDALS AT USATF OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS (2017-06-30)
Valley Sports Report
LISLE, Ill. — Athens junior-to-be Ariana Gambrell earned a pair of medals here Friday in the 15- & 16-year-old Division at the USA Track & Field Youth Outdoor Championships at Benedictine University.
Gambrell finished fifth in the long jump with a mark of 16-feet, 1 3/4-inches.
She qualified for the finals with a leap of 15-feet, 11 1/2-inches on her third attempt. On her first attempt in the finals, Gambrell busted out her best jump, and moved into a tie for fourth with Kalea Brown of the Pacific Coast Track Club.
Brown’s next jump was 16-feet, 1/2-inch, which was her second-best jump of the day, and edged Gambrell’s second-best effort by 1/2-inch, ultimately giving her fourth place and Gambrell fifth.
Faith Robinson of Minnesota Speed claimed the gold medal with a mark of 17-feet, 8 1/4-inches, while Jade McDonald was second at 17-feet, 7-inches, and Kamia Cooper of Hershey Blaze was third at 16-feet, 3 3/4-inches.
Gambrell also earned a fifth-place medal in the 100-meter hurdles, running a time of 16.37 seconds in the finals.
Gambrell, who ran 16.35 in the preliminaries, finished just .04 seconds behind fourth-place finisher Amya Nesbitt of Warrior Athletics.
Kayla Walters of the Aurora Flyers Track won the gold medal in a time of 14.73 seconds, while Jazmyn Potts won the silver in 15.14 seconds, and Emelia Ness of Vipers Track finished third in 15.3 seconds.
Athens freshman-to-be Ben Gambrell IV injured a hip flexor prior to the long jump competition Friday and did not compete.
IN PHOTO: Athens’ Ariana Gambrell.
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