Special Forces make their mark at Junior Olympics
The Special Forces Track Club qualified 21 athletes for either the USA Track & Field Junior Olympics or the Athletic Amateur Union Junior Olympics in July.
Lorenzo Laurenzano led the Loudoun based club with his fourth-place finish in the 1,500-meter run, earning All-American status at the USATF Junior Olympics at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Md.
Special Forces founder and executive director Nick Savage is impressed with this year’s group, considering the losses of former standouts Shaquera Leach (Virginia Tech), Britt Savage (Stanford), Carina Peer (Virginia Commonwealth) and Marcus Finney (Norfolk State) to the college ranks.
“I don’t know how they did it, but the kids have stayed focused and committed despite the heat we have experienced this season,” Savage said of his 2012 group. “I think all of the kids actually see they can get opportunities to realize dreams to run at the next level.”
Along with Laurenzano’s strong finish at the USATF Junior Olympics, D’ante Yarborough delivered a personal best time of 14.43 in the 110 high hurdles to place ninth, one spot away from being an All-American.
The relay team of Bryson Riddick, Ryan Thomas, Beau Everett and Garret Kaplan competed in the 1,600-meter relay but were hindered by an injury to Everett that did not allow him to run at full speed.
Darron Coley, Gabby Turner, Anthony York, Sydney Webb, Angelo Easter and Everett were some of the Special Forces’ top performers at the AAU Junior Olympics in Houston, Tex.
Hugg is an All-American
Ashburn resident Kayla Hugg placed fourth in the 400-meter final for the midget girls (ages 11-12) division at the USA Track & Field Junior Olympics, July 29 in Baltimore, Md.
Hugg produced a time of 1:01.37 in the final to gain All-American status. Hugg set a personal best in the semifinals, finishing in 59.83 seconds.
McBarnette runs to national crown
Bruce McBarnette, a business owner and lawyer from Loudoun County, won the high jump title for men ages 50-54 at the USA Master Track and Field Championships , Aug. 3 at Benedictine College in Lisle, Ill.
McBarnette struck gold with a top jump of 6-feet and one-half inches. He collected his 27th overall title at the Masters Championships, designed for the nation’s top athletes 30 years of age or older.
-Additional photos of Special Forces athletes
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