Sports Shorts

first_imgTwo Hazlet girls took their first steps toward the 2005 Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) and U.S. Amateur Track and Field Association (USATF) National Championship meets this past week. On May 29, Kaylee Bythell and Kendall Baldwin, of Wall Track Club, traveled to Highwayman’s Field in Teaneck for the AAU Region I Multi-Event Championship, and each won a berth at the AAU National Championship in New Orleans, La., later this summer. Kendall, a fifth-grader at Raritan Valley School, won gold in the Midget Girls pentathlon; while Kaylee, a seventh-grader at Hazlet Middle School, took silver in the Sub-Youth Girls category. The Pentathlon is a grueling five-event competition, where athletes earn points in the hurdles, high jump, shot put, long jump and 800-meter run. On June 4, Bythell and Baldwin competed at Neptune High School in the USATF Preliminary Qualifying Meet, earning spots in the New Jersey USATF Championship Meet, June 25-26. Bythell advanced in long jump and pole vault, and Baldwin advanced in the 800, high jump and hurdles. The girls, who competed at AAU National Championships in Des Moines last year, will also compete later this month for the chance to advance to AAU Nationals in their individual events as well.last_img read more