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Locals compete at Regional USA Junior Championships

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OLIVET, Mich. — Elicia and Ian Wood of Point Pleasant competed at Olivet College on July 11-14 for the opportunity to advance onto the National Championships.


Both children qualified for the competition in June at the state meet in Charleston. The children are members of the USA Track and Field Association and are coached by their parents Chip and Heather Wood. This was the first year either child competed on a state and regional scale.


While in Michigan, Elicia, age 9, competed in the 9-10 age division and Ian, age 8, competed in the Under 8 division. Elicia competed in the triathlon (shot put, high jump, 200m) and individual events of high jump, long jump, and 400m. Ian competed in the long jump, 100m, and 200m.


Elicia won regional championships in the triathlon, winning all three events and scoring 465 points. She won the high jump by clearing 115 centimeters (3-09.25) and also finished 11th in the 400m with a time of 1:23.44 and ninth in the long jump with a leap of 288 cm (9-05.5).


Her regional titles qualified her for the national championships last week. Elicia was 22nd overall in the triathlon and scored a personal best 517 points. She was also 15th in the high jump with a leap of 3 feet, 7.25 inches.


Ian finished 10th in the 100m with a time of 18.94 seconds, a personal best. He also finished 15th in the 200m with a time of 43.01 seconds and seventh in the long jump with a leap of 224 cm (7-04.25).


Region 5 of the USA Track and Field Circuit brings together athletes between the ages of 6-18 from Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and West Virginia.

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