Natchez Track Club athletes fare well at National Junior Olympics

Published 12:00 am Saturday, July 28, 2001

The Natchez Track Club had another good day at the National Junior Olympics in Sacramento, Calif. All six athletes fared well at the event on Friday, with Kendrick Gibbons leading the way.

&uot;Our kids are doing very well,&uot; said coach Henry &uot;Doc&uot; Woods. &uot;They’re responding to competition the best they can.&uot;

Gibbons, who finished third in the long jump on Thursday, placed sixth in the triple jump competition. He recorded a jump of 44-6, earning his second Olympic medal of the nationals. The winner, Reynold Smith of Virginia, leaped 46-9. Darrius Edwards won his heat in the 400m hurdles with a time of 56.07. He qualifies for the final heat on Sunday. Edwards is ranked fourth is the nation.

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Lexi Washington competed in the triple jump and finished with a jump of 34-7. Taji Dorsey ran in the 100m dash with a result of 12.81.

Tanieka Hill ran a 59.25 400m dash to finish 23rd overall. Darryl Bassett flew 41-6 1/2 in the triple jump to take 24th.