Two young Wharton athletes are the only ones from a talented pool that make up the Wharton County Wave Track Club to earn the opportunity to compete in the 2019 AAU Junior Olympic Games beginning this weekend.
To accomplish this feat, they participated in various track events this summer, eventually competing in events that advanced them to the North Carolina sports event.
Jerrell Barron, Jr. and Jordyn Barron will compete at North Carolina AT&T University in Greensboro, N.C., with the Games scheduled from Saturday, July 27 through Saturday, Aug. 3.
Jerrell will be in the pentathlon on July 27.
He will also be competing in the 100-meter hurdles, 200-meter hurdles and long jump.
Jordyn will compete in the 1500-meter run, 800-meter run and long jump.
Month of Wave Track preparedness
July has provided an avenue to have the club’s National Junior Olympic qualifiers compete against the best in our state and country.
The American Freedom Games were July 5-6 at Rice University in Houston. The Games are a national youth sporting event that incorporates and celebrates patriotism, pride of our country and our American heroes.
Jerrell competed in the 13U boys division.
He placed first in the high jump (5’0), second place in the long jump (15’2), second in the 200 hurdles (31.26), and third in 100 hurdles (18.47).
Jordyn competed in the 10U girls division.
She placed first in the long jump (12’6), first in 1500-meter run (5:44), and second in 200 meters (30.81).
Allen siblings compete
The club also had Jacorric Allen and Jacaden Allen compete at Rice University.
Jacorric, in the 14U division, competed in the high jump placing third with a jump of 4'8, first place in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:16.42, fifth in the 400-meter run with a time of 57.03 and ninth in the 200-meter run with a time of 25.83 seconds.
Younger brother, Jacaden, competed in the 10U boys division. He placed first in the 1500-meter run with a time of 5:21.14, second in the 400-meter run with a time of 1:08, and third in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:35.47.
Coaches said these four athletes and others in the club worked hard throughout the week of the Rice event and competed at a high level. Their talents eventually took them and many others in the Wharton club to compete in the TAAF Region 1 Track Meet in La Porte from July 12-13.