Athletics East

Local runners, representing Athletics East were at the USATF Oregon Association Junior Olympic Championships in Newberg, In the photo are, from left to right, with Juan Diego Contreras, Emily Johnson, and Friedrich Stelzer.

Poised to make their case for regionals, Athletics East Running Club standouts Juan Diego Contreras, Emily Johnson and Friedrich Stelzer attained top-3 finishes at the USATF Oregon Association Junior Olympic Championships this past weekend in Newberg.

Stelzer had a season-best time of nine minutes and 38.21 seconds to clamp down on top honors in the boys 17-18-year-old race, and Contreras posted a 9:33.72 to chalk up second place in the 13-14-year-old boys event.

In the 15-16-year-old girls division, Johnson set her season-best mark of 11:31.37 for third place.

Zadion Stelzer hit for a 6:25.58 in the 9-10-year-old 1,500-meter finals, which was good for 11th place, and Zebulun Stelzer set a personal-best of 10.5-feet in the 11-12-year-old long jump.

Leading up to this weekend, the AE runners participated in the Portland Track Festival held on Jun. 1-2 in Hillsboro, as Contreras placed second in the 3,000, Friedrich Stelzer notched two top-4 outcomes and Johnson turned in a pair of sixth-place finishes.

Contreras captured second place after a personal-best 9:17.62 in the boys 15-16-year-old 3,000-meter race.

Johnson notched a sixth-place mark of 2:37.78 in the 15-16 800 meters and went off for a 5:19.73 to end up sixth in the 15-16 girls 1,500.

Friedrich Stelzer placed fourth in the 17-18 800 (2:09.61) and third in the 1,500 (4:27.42), and Zebulun Stelzer posted a final distance of 9-feet-8.5-inches to grab 26th in his long jump.

Zadion Stelzer ran his first-ever race in the 9-10 boys 800 meters and placed 12th overall (3:11.60, a personal record), rallied for a final reading of 6:21.02, a personal record, in the 9-10 boys 1,500 to secure 13th place.

The USATF Region 13 Junior Olympic Championships are slated for 8 a.m. on July 4-7 at Mount Tacoma High School.

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