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Local track athletes advance to nationals

Posted On 16 Jul 2015

(Photo courtesy Facebook)
Stephen Elliott will advance to the Junior Olympics National Championship in Jacksonville, Fla. after finishing second in the pentathlon for the
14-year-old division.

by Marty Simpkins
WAKE FOREST — Athletes from Wake Forest and Rolesville will compete in the USA Track and Field Junior Olympics national meet in
Jacksonville, Fla, after running at the regionals in Hampton, Va.
Christian Bass, a Wake Forest High School graduate, finished third in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.5 seconds. Bass ran against 21 other
athletes. This will be his first time advancing to the Junior Olympics national championship.
Brandon Leacock, a member of the Rolesville Athletic Academy, won the 8-and-under division in the 200-meter dash, 400-meter dash and 800meter run, breaking records in all three events.
Brandon set the national record in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:36.80. The previous record was 2:37.53. He set another national record in
the 400 with a time of 1:04.61. The previous record was 1:04.68. Brandon also broke the Region No. 3 record in the 200-meter dash with a time
of 28.99. The previous record was 29.39. Brandon’s oldest brother, Nathan, holds the Junior Olympic record with a time of 28.65 from 2012.
Brandon’s older brother, Dillon Leacock, finished third in the 800-meter run for the 11 and 12-year-old division with a time of 2:19.45. It was
enough to place the 11-year-old in the nationals.
Stephen Elliott, another member of the Rolesville Athletic Academy, placed second in the pentathlon with 2,273 points. The 14-year-old will
compete in the five-event contest at nationals.
The USA Track and Field Junior Olympics holds athletic events for elementary school kids all the way to 18 years old. The four athletes listed
above are the only runners in the area advancing to nationals. The 49th annual Junior Olympics national meet will be at the University of North
Florida from July 27 to August 2.