2014 USATF Nationals Championships ~ Auburn Reporter

Auburn athletes excel at national track showcase

August 4, 2014 · Updated 3:47 PM


Maya Jackson, left, Alexis Rogers, middle, and Jordan Wallace recently competed in the Junior Olympic National Championships for the Auburn Elite Track Club. / COURTESY PHOTO

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Auburn Elite Track Club's Maya Jackson, Alexis Rogers and Jordan Wallace competed in the USATF National Junior Olympic Championships at Houston, Texas, on July 21-27.

Jackson finished 39th in the 100 meters with a time of 12.65 seconds and 27th in the 200 with a personal-record 25.30. She finished 19th in the 400-meter preliminaries with a time of 57.78, which qualified for her for the semifinals. She finished with a 24th overall ranking.

Rogers finished 42nd in the 200 (26.67) and 42nd in the 400 (61.28).

Wallace finished ranked 33rd in the 100 with a time of 11.45 and 38th in the 200 (23.10).

The Auburn trio and triple jumper Solie Grantham qualified for the nationals in the 15-16 age group, representing Pacific Northwest Region 13.

At the nationals, competitors marched in an athlete parade and had a chance to meet Olympians, such as Sanya Richards-Ross and Carl Lewis. Athletes qualified for the nationals with top finishes in a local meet at Kent's French Field and a regional championship in Spokane.

Coach Kevin Jackson and assistant Darius Jackson guide the club. Jackson, a USA Track and Field certified coach, founded the organization last year.