The 2013 USA Track & Field Region 2 Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships will be held at Strider Field next week.
The Chautauqua Striders, along with USATF Niagara, will host the four-day event, which will run Thursday through Sunday. A total of 1,526 athletes - 742 male and 784 female - from New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia and New Jersey, along with their coaches and parents, will be in Jamestown for much of the week. The athlete total is about 400 more than when the event was held in the city four years ago.
"Since we hosted the meet in 2009, I have been asked, 'When is that big meet returning to Jamestown,'" said David Reinhardt, Striders program director. "We are very excited about bringing the Region 2 Championships back to Strider Field. We set the bar high four years ago and plan to give our Region 2 friends an even better show in 2013."
Strider Field in Jamestown will be the site of the USA Track & Field Region 2 Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships next week. The event was successfully run in 2009 and will once again be hosted by the Chautauqua Striders and USATF Niagara.
P-J file photos by Mark L. Anderson
The Junior Olympic program is USA Track and Field's largest national youth program. Annually more than 75,000 athletes compete in association, regional and national championships. The age group competition (8 and under through 18 years old) will display some of the nation's best youth athletes as they run, jump and throw with the hopes of earning an opportunity to advance to the USATF National Junior Olympics Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina on July 22-28.
Athletes from four USATF associations and six different states that comprise the Region 2 will qualify to compete in Jamestown and go for the gold at Strider Field. The four USA Track and Field Associations are Niagara (Upstate New York), Three Rivers (Western Pennsylvania and Northern West Virginia), Mid-Atlantic (Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware) and New Jersey (entire state).
"We are extremely excited to host the 2013 USATF Region 2 Track & Field Championships," said USATF Niagara Board President, Bill Quinlisk. "We are looking forward to working with the Chautauqua Striders and the Jamestown community to offer a great experience for coaches, parents and athletes."
An estimated 55 volunteers will be needed each day to make this event happen. Additionally, the Striders and USATF Niagara will be working with local businesses and organizations to make sure the needs of the athletes, parents and coaches are met when they are away from Strider Field.
"We would especially like to see some more of our Striders alumni (athletes and parents) get involved," said Reinhardt. To volunteer, contribute or participate, contact Reinhardt at Chautauqua Striders at 488-2203 or firstname.lastname@example.org.