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Wilson Track Club members set PRs at Jim Law Invite

Wilson Track Club athletes were busy in June, first competing in the 14th annual Jim Law Invitational Meet on the campus of UNC Charlotte on June 13-15 before participating in the 2014 USA Track and Field North Carolina Association Junior Olympic Championships on June 19-22 in Durham.

Four WTC members established personal records at the Jim Law Invitational. Beddingfield High rising junior Jacob Varnell set three personal bests, including a time of 9 minutes, 59.84 seconds in the boys ages 15-16 3,000-meter run in which he finished third out of eight runners. Varnell also had a PR in the 1,500, finishing fourth out of 11 in 4:35.83, as well as the javelin with a throw of 98-10.

Hunt rising senior Marcus Medina-Artis was seventh in the boys ages 17-18 400 dash prelims, qualifying him for the finals in 55.21, also a PR. But he injured himself and did not enter the finals.

Despite not reaching the finals in the boys ages 17-18 100 dash, Ben White recorded a personal-best time of 12.12 seconds.

Evan Lee, who is a WTC member but ran unattached, also had PRs in the 1,500 and 3,000 runs. He was sixth in the 1,500 in 4:40.89 and fifth in the 3,000 in 10:32.58.

Only White bettered his performance at the Junior Olympic Championships as he ran the 100 in 11.89 seconds to finish 30th in the 37-sprinter field.

Varnell finished the 3,000 in 10:14.62 and the 1,500 in 4:40.45. He also was seventh in the javelin with a throw of 93-6.

Lee’s time in the 1,500 was 4:43.30

Connor Thayer ran the boys ages 17-18 800 in 2:25.12 while Medina-Artis was 28th of 34 in the 400 in 56.72 and 41st out of 50 in the 200 in 24.52.

Amber Hicks, a rising senior at Greenfield, placed 20th out of 30 in the girls ages 17-18 400 with a time of 1:05.50. Hicks won the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 1-A/2-A title in the 200 this spring but did not compete in that event in Durham.
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