Another local junior athlete goes to Nationals

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Photo courtesy Coach Cody Lee: Ashlyn Aguilar poses after her first place win in the javelin throw at the USA Track and Field meet held earlier this month in Phoenix.

Ashlyn Aguilar of Socorro took first place in the javelin throw during the Region X meet in Mesa, Ariz., earlier this month. Now she is busy preparing for her trip the to Greensboro, N.C., July 22 through 28 to compete in the National Junior Olympics Track & Field Championships.

Over 8,000 athletes are expected to participate in the 47th annual championships at North Carolina A&T University. According to the USATF website, many of today’s Olympic stars began their track and field careers through the Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships. Entry for this championship is based on athlete performances at preliminary, association and regional levels of the 2013 USATF Junior Olympic Program. Competition takes place in six two-year age divisions, with athletes generally falling between the ages of 7 and 18.

Aguilar is raising money to travel to Greensboro and participate. Her family is holding a drawing to help with fundraising. The drawing will be held July 22 with prizes such as a diamond ring and incremental cash up for grabs. Contact Steven Aguilar at 505-440-3471 for further information or to make a donation.