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USA Track & Field Junior Olympic Championships in Abilene

By Debi Shultz



ABILENE, TEXAS received a gift this week when the USA Track & Field Region XII Qualifier moved the championship meet to Abilene from San Marcos. Fortunately for Abilene, the event dates were a perfect fit for ACU and the city. Abilene will host some of the best 6-18 year old track and field athletes in the state July 13-17 at ACU’s Elmer Gray stadium. During the five day meet over 2,300 athletes are expected to compete in all track and field events. The Abilene Convention and Visitors Bureau anticipate this event will draw at least 3,500 people from out of town, generate $1.3 million into the economy and provide much needed sales and hotel tax to the city. {{more}} “This is a huge boost for the summer season and we want to thank ACU for enthusiastically embracing this event. ACU and the ACVB will do everything we possibly can to insure a very successful Qualifier,” says Debi Schultz , ACVB Sport Director. Abilene is in the region that will host this event for 2011; therefore, Abilene has an opportunity to host the USA Track & Field Junior Olympic Championships for two consecutive years. The decision will be made after the 2010 meet. Qualifying meets are under way now through out the state. The top six winners in each age group and event, qualify to advance to the Regional Meet. An athlete has five days, from the last day of the qualifying meet, to register for the regional meet. Toni Nichols, Region XII Coordinator expects to have a total number of registered athletes by the first of July. Events will begin at 8 a.m. and run throughout the day. Nichols said “I like to be finished each day between 5 – 6 p.m.” A finalized schedule of events will be posted on the ACVB website as soon as it is available. Up to 20 college scouts and coaches are expected to watch this meet in search of possible track members for their teams. In anticipation of these scouts Region XII puts together performance packets for high school athletes that will be juniors, seniors and for students that have just graduated from high school. USA Track and Field has proven to be a great training ground for college and professional athletes.

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