Striders send 4 to Nationals

Four members of the Warren Striders track & field club have qualified to the USATV National Junior Olympics Championships scheduled July 23-29 at North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro, N.C.

The four — Austin Blackwell, Jonna Moore, Nae’Jon Moore and Sarah Schneider — reached the national event during competition last weekend in the Region 5 qualifier at Olivet, Michigan. Region 5 is made up of Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and West Virginia. The top five finishers in each event advanced.

Schneider finished third in the long jump in the girls 13-14 age group and will be making her second trip to the national event. She made it last year in the long jump in the girls 11-12 division.

Blackwell and the Moore sisters all posted fourth-place finishes in the regional. Blackwell qualified in the boys 9-10 long jump, Jonna Moore in the girls 7-8 100-meter dash and Nae’Jon Moore in the girls 9-10 200 dash.

The Striders have qualified at least one participant to a Junior Olympic National Championship every year since 2000.