Fourteen Gardner Track Club members will compete at Nationals after posting qualifying marks in a USATF meet in Lawrence on July 9.
The National Junior Olympic meet will be held in Wichita from July 26-30.
“This is our largest number ever to qualify for Nationals,” said Kim Loring, club organizer. “We are real proud of the kids’ efforts.”
Grabbing gold medals in Lawrence were Abby Buie (youth girls pole vault, 8’6″) and Connor McGuire (youth boys pole vault, 11’6″).
Silver medals went to Karli Smith (youth girls pole vault, 7’0″); Kyle Stubler (youth boys pole vault, 11’6″); and Jake Hamm (intermediate boys pole vault, 13’6″).
Third-place awards went to Hannah Rubin (young womens pole vault, 11’6″) and Tommy Brady (young mens pole vault, 15′).
Earning fourth places were Jill Starling (intermediate girls javelin, 113’5″) and Ben Carpenter (intermediate boys pole vault, 13’0″).
Travis Reed placed fifth in the young mens javelin with a throw of 138’8″ and Gaby Rhodes took fifth in the girls 15-16 discus with a toss of 88’9″.
Ryan Weisenburger finished sixth in the young mens pole vault with a leap of 14′. Drake Sparks leaped 12’6″ to place 11th in the young mens vault.
Ashlee Bilhimer punched her ticket to Wichita with a 132′ javelin throw at the World Youth Championship trials.