WINTER PARK, FLA. – The weekend of July 5 saw the City of Florence Parks and Recreation division’s Florence Track Club on the road to compete in the USATF Jr. Olympic Regional Championships in Winter Park. The competition was stiff, but 10 of the 43 Florence Track Club athletes were able to place in the top five in their age division, enabling them to be some of the few elite athletes in the country able to participate in the USATF Junior Olympic National Championships in Greensboro, N.C., the week of July 22. These ‘All Region Champions’ also had one of their athletes place well enough in two events for the nationals – Madison Hindman, giving the Florence Track Club 11 All Region medals for the competition! Receiving silver medals in the competition were Anthony Santi Anna, a two time All American, with a second place medal (34.75m throw) in the javelin for 11-12 boys; Isabelle Davis in the women’s 17-18 division with a 29.98m javelin throw, and Kadasia Evans in the high jump (1.40m jump) for 11-12 girls. In third place with a bronze medal, were Arthur Parham with a 21.87m javelin throw for 8 and under boys, Benjamin Bigelow in the 3000m race (running 11:00.05) for the 17-18 men’s division, and Madison Hindman – 9-10 girls’ division placing third in javelin (20.96m throw a personal best), and fourth in high jump (1.04m jump). Others with fourth place medals included Morgan Banner with a (8 and under girls) 10.93m javelin throw (personal best), and brother Jack Banner, with a 26.13m (personal best) javelin throw in the 9-10 boys’ division. In fifth place, Kamryn Davis had a 10.60m javelin throw in the 8 and under girls’ division, and Andy Truman placed fifth in the 17-18 men’s division with a 39.58m javelin throw. These athletes will be facing the toughest competition in the nation for their final meet in Greensboro, N.C., beginning July 23 and lasting through the weekend. Julie Allen, high jump coach for Kadasia Evans and Madison Hindman stated, “I really enjoyed coaching both of these young ladies in the high jump. They are both hard workers and are so deserving of the All Region honor. I am proud of them both and know they will represent FTC well in Greensboro.” They will need to place within the top eight positions within their age groups to achieve All American status.