Freeman to compete in National Junior Olympics

By KAYLA CAMENZIND


 The fourteen-year-old and soon to be freshman in high school qualified in two events, the 100 hurdles and the discus. At the Junior Olympic meet, 10,000 athletes between the ages of seven and 18 will compete in six two-year age divisions.

A star track athlete during the junior high regular season, High School Track Coach Mike Tully encouraged her to sign up for the Junior Olympics. Her mom and Junior High Tract Coach, Breanna Freeman, decided to register her after realizing that if she threw her best discus throw in the Junior Olympics, she would have won last year’s competition.

Freeman broke the junior high track records for discus and the 100 hurdles at Raymond and was undefeated in the Pacific County Junior High League. She has already broken the high school record for the discus, throwing 132’ 5”, but she will have to break it again next year when she enters high school to actually hold the record. This PR places her in first place for middle school athletes in the United States, according to athletic.net, a database that track and field track athletes’ results.

At the qualifying meet in Kent June 21 and 22, Freeman placed first in both the discus and the 100 hurdles. She placed first in discus and second in the 100 hurdles, with a PR of 15.84, at the regional meet in Spokane July 5 and 6.

Also a star in the classroom, Freeman finished eighth grade with a 3.6 grade point average.

Her family has been raising money to fund her participation in the competition through bake sales, car washes, a raffle, and selling sack lunches to Weyerhaeuser employees. They would like to thank the community for the overwhelming support.