Local athletes book trip to Junior Olympics

KIMBERLY, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) A group of local athletes have made it to a national track competition. 12 members of the T and T track team booked a trip to the USA TF Hershey National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships.

One month remains until the junior olympic track and field championships in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Payton Bair, a junior at Kimberly said, "I went last year in the 400 hurdles, I made finals and was an All-American."

They all qualified last weekend at Brigham Young University, the site for the Region 11 Championships.

Keely Cranney, a junior at Oakley said, "I am used to seeing the same competitors every week, but when you see the Utah competitors, you've never raced against them before." Keely won the 400 Meter Hurdles 15-16 Division Girls after posting a time of 1:07.21, while she took second in the 100 Meter Hurdles 15-16 Division Girls with a 17.04.

For Bradley Beaver who competed in the 1500 Meter Run 17-18 Division Men, he said, "I ran the 1500 and got third overall." He finished with a time of 4:52.13." in the 2000 Meter Steeplechase 17-18 Division Men, he placed "1st overall in steeplechase, so yeah it's pretty good."

In the 400 Meter Dash 15-16 Division Boys, Brett Bronson finished second with a time of 50.47. The incoming Kimberly sophomore explained, "in the 400 I ended up getting second overall. The track was boiling, so my feet got toasted, but I would have won 100%."

T and T's four by four relay team finished second at the meet in the 15-16 Division Girls. Tinley Giles, an incoming freshman at Kimberly exclaimed, "this is our second time running it as a team, we got a 4:29, which is our PR." Kimberly sophomore Bailey Johnson added, "it's only our second time doing it together, we were more in sync."

Payton Bair set a new regional record in the decathlon with a total of 6,211 points in his 10 events.

Payton added, "I scored the most points in the 110 hurdles, scored about 800 points there, long jump I scored about 750 points." The Bair brothers are no stranger to nationals. Jaxon took fifth last year in the pentathlon and he's coming off a Region 11 Championship in the Decathlon 15-16 Division Boys with 4,960 points.

"We all have been doing as a family, it's really fun to do," Jaxon Bair explained."

Their younger brother Gatlin lives for this. "I kind of do middle school track for this one, this one there's more competition." Gatlin won the Outdoor Pentathlon 13-14 Division Boys after accumulating 2131 points. Meanwhile, he took second in the Triple Jump 13-14 Division with 11.06m. He placed fourth in the Long Jump 13-14 Division with 3.14m.

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