4 Foothill Gold runners qualify for Junior Olympic Nationals

By The Union Democrat Sports Department July 09, 2013 05:21 pm

Four Foothill Gold athletes qualified this weekend for the 47th National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships that will be held in Greensboro, N.C. later this month.

Broen Holman (8-and-under boys) and Cassi Land (13-14 girls) qualified in two events while Foothill Gold Running and Track Club teammates Kaela Dishion (13-14 girls) and Jackson McIlroy (13-14 boys) qualified in one event during the Region 14 Junior Olympic qualifier at Diablo Valley College in Concord.

Holman finished third in the 1500 meter with a time of 5:54 and fourth in the 800 meter with a run of 3:07.65.

Land earned a pair of second-place finishes. She recorded a time of 2:21.39 in the 800 and ran the 1500 meter in 4:48.

Dishion qualified for Greensboro with a second-place finish in the long 3000-meter run in a time of 11:07.72 to qualify. She also ran the 1500 and finished seventh.

McIlroy earned a trip east by finishing third in the 3000 with a time of 10:34.92. He also ran the 1500 and finished eighth in 4:46.

Other Foothill gold runners competing at Concord were Ryan Dunlap (6th in the 3000, 11:22.41), Connor Landis (eighth, 800, 2:18.91) and Colby Dibble (eighth, 800, 2:37.87).

The National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships will be held at North Carolina A&T State University from July 22-28. Around 8,000 athletes are expected to compete.

The Junior Olympic program is a progressional series of meets consisting of preliminary, association, regional and national meets. Athletes are required to enter online at the first level of competition and advancement is based upon performance.