The number of area athletes qualifying for the USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships has doubled in recent weeks.
Based on strong performances at the regional meet, three more local members of the Los Altos-based Fox Athletics track club earned invitations to this week’s USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships in North Carolina.
Willem Van Eck and Will Scheetz of Los Altos and Drew Russert of Mountain View have joined brothers Danny and Brian Yeager and fellow Los Altos resident Kelly McConnell as qualifiers for the national meet.
“It was great to have so many athletes qualify for Junior Olympic Nationals,” coach Dave Barth said. “Our program is continuing to head in the right direction. We are proud of all of our athletes.”
Russert, competing in the Young Men’s Division, qualified in two events. He was runner-up in the triple jump at the regional and ran on the second-place 4x100-meter relay team with Van Eck, Scheetz and Faraaz Rashidi of Burlingame.
The Yeagers and McConnell, already guaranteed national-meet berths in the decathlon based on earlier efforts, earned spots in additional events at the regional. Danny Yeager won the Young Men’s high jump and 400 hurdles; Brian Yeager placed first in the Intermediate Boys triple jump and high jump; and McConnell took third in the Young Men’s javelin. The national meet was scheduled to begin Monday and run through Sunday at North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro.