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LTC athletes win 27 gold medals in championship meet
Litchfield.bz (06-22-17)


The Litchfield Track Club girls team that competed in the Connecticut Junior Olympics Championships at Plumb Hill Playing Fields on Saturday. Dave Driscoll photos

The Litchfield Track Club hosted the Connecticut Association Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships at Plumb Hill Playing Fields on Saturday.
 
The top eight finishers in each age-group race in the championships advanced to the Region 1 Championships in Fitchburg, Mass., July 6-9.
 
The LTC won 27 gold medals and advanced all 29 of its participating athletes to the Region 1 meet.
 
Two LTC athletes each won four events. Dylan Myrie won the 100 meters, 200 meters and the long jump and anchored the winning 4x100 relay team. Jillian Kilmer won the 100-meter hurdles, javelin, high jump and long jump. Both competed in the 17-18 division.
 
Bill Cook, also in the 17-18 division, won the high jump and was part of the winning 4x100 and the 4x400 relay teams.
 
Double winners were Brynn Bergin (13-14) in the 1500 meters and 3000 meters, Meg Salmon (17-18) in the 1500 and 3000, Riley Silva (15-16) in the 100 hurdles and 400 hurdles, and Tory Hammonds Jr. (17-18) and Naseem Thompson (17-18) in the 4x100 relay and 4x400 relay.
 
Winning one gold medal were Alex Brites (15-16) in the 3000, Isaiah Hammonds (15-16) in the 110 hurdles, Alexia Fox (17-18) in the shot put, and Andy Phothirath (17-18) in the 4x400m.
 
The top five finishers in each event in the Region I meet will qualify for the National Junior Olympic Championships in Lawrence, Kan., at the end of July.
 
Below, Litchfield Track Club athlete Aaron Belles heads for the long jump pit with his mom, Sara.
 

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