Sunday, April 29, 2012


Photo courtesy of Jack McCrory.
Bear River's Kendal Nielsen won the girls long jump with a distance of 19 feet -1 3/4 inches and placed third in the triple jump with a jump of 38 feet 5 3/4 inches. She finished in third behind the National triple jump leader Sasha Wallace, of Holy Names of Oakland, who won the event with a jump of 41 feet -8 3/4 inches at the annual  Meet of Champions. This annual meet is where only the best runners, jumpers and throwers are invited to compete, which gives them the opportunity to show who is the best of the best. Many track athletes will not only be competing for medals, trophies and bragging rights but also college scholarships. Many smaller school and rural living athletes don't get the exposure to college recruiters due to budget cuts of many college track programs, who no longer can afford to travel long distances to seek out the hidden talent. College coaches attend this event where they will meet many elite athletes for the first time.

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National triple jump leader Sasha Wallace, a junior from Holy Names of Oakland, easily won that event at 41-8 3/4

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