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Community notebook: Local track athletes are All-American at Junior Olympics

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Nolan Mickenham, a recent Prairie High grad and representing the Evergreen Storm track and field team, and Ridgefield’s Nick Jenkins earned All-American status for boys ages 17-18 at the USATF Hershey National Junior Olympics at Sacramento, which wrapped up Sunday.

Mickenham placed fifth in the 100 meter final on Sunday with a time of 10.76 seconds. Deven Brown of Seattle Speed Track won the race in 10.65.

Jenkins, unattached, was sixth in the triple jump with a best mark of 47 feet, 2 1/2 inches. Jenkins also placed 10th in the long jump at 21-8 3/4.

Mickenham advanced to the semifinals in the 200 with a time of 11.00 but withdrew to focus on the 100 and 4×100 relay.

The Evergreen relay team of Mickenham, Casey Murray (Skyview HS), Blake Deringer (Camas), and Ryan Davy (Washougal) ran a season-best time of 41.85 seconds in the prelimininaries but did not advance.

Other Evergreen Storm athletes competing at the National Junior Olympics were Madison Hubbard (girls 13-14) in the 100 (13.07), Kaiden Garrison (boys 15-16) in the 200 (23.39), and Gabriella Thompson (girls 11-12) in the high jump (4-5).

Flanagan Clan track club had four athletes at the meet.

Ella Petersen reached the finals of the 80 hurdles for girls 11-12. She placed sixth with a time of 13.38. She was also 23rd in the javelin (70-10).

Roselynn Martin (La Center HS) advanced to the final of the 1,500 in the 17-18 age group and placed 12th with a time of 4:59.59.

Abigail Heffernan was 23rd in the 3,000 for girls 11-12 (11:47.91).

Josie Settle (13-14 age group) was 12th in the triple jump (34-5 1/2 ), 19th in the high jump (4-9) and 25th in the long jump (15-5). She placed 12th in the pentathlon with 2,660 points. Her best pentathlon event was in the high jump where she was third (4-11).

Competing unattached, Michael King of Ridgefield made it to the semifinals of the 200 for boys 13-14 and finished 21st with a time of 24.26. He ran 24.06 in the opening qualifying round. He ran the 100 in 11.97 but did not advance.

CCRC summer series goes through August

The Clark County Running Club’s summer series has five more runs before wrapping up.

The next is the second Round Lake 5K at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Camas.

The August runs will be at Leverich Park at 7 p.m. Aug. 7 and 14, and at Marine Park at 7 p.m. Aug. 21 and 6:30 p.m. Aug. 28. The CCRC picnic happens with the final run.

For more information, visit www.clarkcountyrunningclub.org.

Dragon boat event moved to Ridgefield

The Western Regional Dragon Boat Championships scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at Vancouver Lake has been moved to Ridgefield due to health concerns about the lake water.

Race director Jeff Campbell met with the City of Ridgefield and Port of Ridgefield and those organizations agreed to host the race on Lake River.

The racing will begin each day at 9 a.m. off the Ridgefield kayak launch point at the end of W. Division Street.

The PDBA Championships are held every two years in preparation for the International Dragon Boat Federation World Championships. This regatta will select regional representative teams to represent the United States at the 2020 World Championships in France.

Over 1,000 athletes, coaches and supporters are expected, with teams from up and down the West Coast and as far away as Arizona.

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