Rocklin pair make it to Junior Olympics

Trip to Kansas was a hot experience
By: Lloyd Jones Courtesy Placer Herald
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Two Rocklin youths qualified for the National Junior Olympics Track and Field Championship, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kan., July 25-30. Competing with the Sierra Foothill Track Club of Rocklin, Ryan Jones and Kyleigh Stout both qualified to make the trip to Kansas. Jones qualified in the Men’s 200 meter Steeple Chase, and Stout ran in the Girl’s 800 meter. Jones is a member of Rocklin High School’s cross country team. He didn’t earn any medals at Wichita State, but relished the experience. “The Junior Olympics was an honor to run in,” said Jones who will enter Rocklin High as a senior this year. “Running the Steeplechase for just the second time ever at the national meet was an awesome experience that I will never forget. Seeing the splendor of the track and the event was truly an inspirational moment that makes me want to keep running for the rest of my life.” Stout is also an accomplished runner and a member of the Thunder track team. She will be a sophomore at Rocklin High this year. Her experience in the National Junior Olympics was a memorable one, as was the temperature on the track. “It was cool going all the way to Kansas for a track meet and competing with people from all over the nation was an awesome experience,” said Stout. “However, the heat in Kansas was not ‘cool.’ In fact, it was 130 degrees on the track when I ran my race.” Also qualifying from the Sierra Foothill Track Club was Bear River graduate Willa Davis, and freshman Delaney Smith out of Nevada Union High Schools. E-mail Placer Herald Sports at