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CAMDEN CLOCK CHASERS TAKE 25 ATHLETES TO THE JUNIOR OLYMPIC GAMES
Camden, NJ: (August 1) The Camden Clock Chasers are set to depart this weekend to the Junior Olympic Games in Norfolk, VA. The team qualified 25 athletes to compete nationally at the AAU Region 2 District Qualifier at Stockton College last month. The Clock Chasers (C3) collected 32 medals and had five first place finishes at the Qualifier: Karon Brookins (8&U) in the 100M & 200M, Karon Ali (8&U) in the long jump; Deriana Bryant (13-14) in the Shot Put and Irrian Watson (13-14) in the 3000M Racewalk. Brookins clocked in at 14.47 in the 100M, 30.48 in the 200M; Ali soared 11 feet, 11.5 inches in the long jump, Watson speed walked 3000M in 20:36.96 and Bryant threw the shot put a whopping 34 feet, 11 inches, all to secure the number one spot in their respective age groups.
In order to qualify, athletes must finish in the Top 6 for running events, Top 5 for field events and Top 4 for Relay events in their age group within Region 2. AAU Region 2 consists of South Jersey, DE and Eastern PA. There are 25 Regions nationwide that qualify track & field athletes to compete in Virginia next week.
The AAU Junior Olympics is held annually and plays host to the national championship venue for not just track but 19 other sports as well. Over 15,000 athletes are expected to attend this year from all 50 states. This year’s track & field portion of competition will be held at Norfolk State’s Dick Price Stadium August 1st- 8th.
The Clock Chasers carry an equal amount of running and field athletes and will have entries in: javelin, shot put, discus, high jump, long jump, 200M hurdles, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1500, 3000M Race walk, 4X100M Relay, 4X400M Relay and Pentathlon.
This will be the Clock Chasers first appearance at the Junior Olympics. Last year’s JOs was held in Des Moines, IA and the distance proved to be too much of a financial burden for the team’s qualifiers to attend. This year, thru fundraisers and community support, the Clock Chasers will be able to culminate their outdoor season on track and field’s most prominent national stage. Head Coach Lavar Edwards talked with excitement about the opportunity: “I’m elated to have the opportunity to draw the blueprint and see the plans for C3 come to fruition. To be able to travel to the Junior Olympics and compete at a national level opens their eyes to not only the competition but overall possibilities. I’m glad our coaching staff can be a part of facilitating that for our athletes.”
Donations and support made this trip possible. As a registered non-profit organization, ongoing support is needed and welcomed. The team currently has a GoFundMe page and also accepts donations via their website. Please contact Head Coach Lavar Edwards or Development Coordinator Jane Donohue if you would like more information at: CamdenClockChasers@yahoo.com.