Area athletes qualify for national Junior Olympic track and field meet

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Several area athletes, including three from Parkway, qualified for the USATF National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships to be held July 27-Aug. 2 in Jacksonville, Fla.

Parkway’s Cassidy Cummings won the 17-18 girls 3,000-meter run at the Region 6 Championships in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Celeste Cordova finished second in the 17-18 girls 1,500, and Jacob Hammons was third in the 17-18 boys 1,500.

Parkway’s Lindsey Hutcheson came close to qualifying, finishing sixth in the 15-16 girls 800. The top five in each event qualified for nationals.

Benton’s Quinci Middlebrooks, running for the River Cities Track Club, qualified by finishing third in the 17-18 girls 1,500. Bossier High’s Xavier Venious qualified in the 15-16 boys 110 hurdles.

Other members of the River Cities Track Club to qualify in individual events were Kyah Loyd (15-16 100, 200, 100 hurdles), Jonathan Plaza (11-12 turbo javelin), Malik Word (9-10 turbo javelin), Antonio Shannon (400, long jump) and Antoine Shannon (400, long jump).

Arionna Garner, Zakhia Austin, Latarsha Green, Trinity Ford and I’Kendra Rushing qualified in the 9-10 4X100 relay. Paris Grenard, Dreunna Washington, Paradise Ford and DaeShawna Clay qualified in the 4X400 relay.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com