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Ellicott City's Valentine sets national record at USA Track and Field championships

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Track and Field

Ellicott City resident Anthony (Ace) Valentine won three national championships and set an all-time national record this past weekend at the USA Track and Field National Championships held in Greensboro, NC from July 23-28.

For the eight and under participants, Ace (8 years old) won the following events: 200 meters (28.72), 400 meters (1:05.50) and long jump (4.20 meters or 13 feet, 9 inches). In the 400 meters, Ace set the new all-time national record for USATF with a time of 1:05.69 in the preliminaries and then broke his record again in the finals by running 1:05.50.

Jump rope

Thirteen members of the Kangaroo Kids Competition Team from Howard County recently competed at the AAU Junior Olympic Games in Detroit, Michigan. The event featured over 250 jumpers from 26 different jump rope teams from the United States and two teams from Canada.

In order to qualify to attend the Junior Olympic Games, jumpers had to place in the top 10 for their age group at regional qualifiers across the country in various events. Jumpers competed individually, in pairs, in double dutch teams and also as a team. At the Junior Olympic Games, medals were awarded for the top three places and ribbons were awarded for places four through 10 for each component event. In addition, Overall Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals were awarded in each age group for the top three Individuals, Pairs, Double Dutch Teams and Team Shows.

In the Overall Individual events, Aaron Weingrad earned an Overall Silver Medal and both Cameron Simmons and Lauren Bork earned Overall Bronze Medals. Taking home an Overall Bronze Medal for Double Dutch was the team of Lauren Bork, Christina Kratzmeier, Ryan McGuire and Aaron Weingrad. The Senior Team consisting of Lauren Bork, Christina Kratzmeier, Michael Laper, Michael Maiden, Devin Meek, Drew Meininger, Ryan McGuire, Cameron Simmons, Aaron Weingrad and Alison Young won the Gold Medal for Team Show. 

Top 10 results for the Kangaroo Kids jumpers:

Male Single Rope Events

One-Minute Speed

11-12: 8. Michael Laper.

13-14: 6. Drew Meininger, 8. Devin Meek.

15-17: 2. Aaron Weingrad, 3. Cameron Simmons, 4. Ryan McGuire.

One-Minute Power

11-12: 9. Michael Maiden.

13-14: 7. Drew Meininger, 9. Devin Meek.

15-17: 2. Cameron Simmons, 3. Aaron Weingrad, 4. Ryan McGuire.

Freestyle

11-12: 2. Michael Laper, 3. Michael Maiden.

13-14: 2. Devin Meek, 4. Drew Meininger.

15-17: 3. Aaron Weingrad, 4. Cameron Simmons, 5. Ryan McGuire.

Overall Individual Male Medalists

15-17: Silver – Aaron Weingrad; Bronze – Cameron Simmons.

Female Single Rope Events

One-Minute Speed

8&U: 6. Lily Drechsler.

14: 6. Christina Kratzmeier.

18-22: 6. Lauren Bork.

One-Minute Power

8&U: 6. Lily Drechsler.

18-22: 6. Lauren Bork.

Freestyle

8&U: 5. Lily Drechsler.

9: 7. Greta Shambeau, 10. Abby Sanders.

14: 1. Christina Kratzmeier.

18-22: 1. Lauren Bork.

Overall Individual Female Medalists

18-22: Bronze – Lauren Bork.

Pairs Single Rope Events

Pairs One-Minute Speed

15-17: 4. Cameron Simmons and Aaron Weingrad, 10. Christina Kratzmeier and Alison Young.

18-22: 4. Lauren Bork and Ryan McGuire.

Pairs One-Minute Power

15-17: 10. Cameron Simmons and Aaron Weingrad.

18-22: 3. Lauren Bork and Ryan McGuire.

Pairs Freestyle

11-12: 5. Michael Laper and Michael Maiden.

13-14: 2. Devin Meek and Drew Meininger.

15-17: 2. Cameron Simmons and Aaron Weingrad.

18-22: 5. Lauren Bork and Ryan McGuire.

Double Dutch Events

Double Dutch Single Speed

15-17: 10. Devin Meek, Drew Meininger, Cameron Simmons and Alison Young.

18-22: 3. Lauren Bork, Christina Kratzmeier, Ryan McGuire and Aaron Weingrad.

Double Dutch Single Power

15-17: 9. Devin Meek, Drew Meininger, Cameron Simmons and Alison Young.

18-22: 2. Lauren Bork, Christina Kratzmeier, Ryan McGuire and Aaron Weingrad.

Double Dutch 4x30 Relay

15-17: 7. Devin Meek, Drew Meininger, Cameron Simmons and Alison Young.

18-22: 3. Lauren Bork, Christina Kratzmeier, Ryan McGuire and Aaron Weingrad.

Double Dutch Singles Freestyle

15-17: 7. Devin Meek, Drew Meininger, Cameron Simmons and Alison Young.

18-22: 5. Lauren Bork, Christina Kratzmeier, Ryan McGuire and Aaron Weingrad.

Double Dutch Pairs Freestyle

15-17: 6. Devin Meek, Drew Meininger, Cameron Simmons and Alison Young.

18-22: 4. Lauren Bork, Christina Kratzmeier, Ryan McGuire and Aaron Weingrad.

Overall Double Dutch Medalists

18-22: Bronze Medal – Lauren Bork, Christina Kratzmeier, Ryan McGuire and Aaron Weingrad.

Horseback riding

The spirited championships competition of the United States Pony Clubs was held in Lexington, VA from July 24-28. Six members of the Burntwoods Pony Club from Howard and Carroll counties competed in four disciplines as members of teams representing the Maryland region. Jill Cleveland (22) took first place in the Horse II Show Jumping competition. Laura Van Hasselt (13) was on the first place Developing Horse/Rider show jumping team. Emma Van Hasselt (17) was on the seventh place novice level eventing team. Ben Grissom (14) was on the first place polocrosse team. Christa Jolin (17) was on the fifth place senior mounted games team, and Ethan Riccio (12) was on the fifth place junior mounted games team.

All riders competing in Pony Club Championships have previously qualified by attaining top scores at their Regional Rallies throughout the country. They vie for National honors in the disciplines of: Dressage, Eventing (dressage, cross-country and stadium jumping), Mounted Games, Polocrosse (a combination of polo and lacrosse), Show Jumping, Tetrathlon (riding, running, swimming and marksmanship) and Quiz (an unmounted equine educational competition).

Diving

Every year since 1976, the final weekend of July has marked the end of the summer dive season for the Central Maryland Dive League. The CMDL and its 12 member pools offer introductional and advanced instruction to over 470 athletes in the sport of springboard diving every year.

On Sunday, July 28, the 37th CMDL Individual Championships took place at Waugh Chapel Swim Club in Gambrills, MD. The diving boards were flush with divers from area pools around the Baltimore region, including: Aberdeen Swim Club, Lochearn Community Club - Baltimore, Five Oaks Swim Club - Catonsville, Padonia Park Club - Cockeysville, Crofton Swim & Tennis Club, Forest Hill Swim and Tennis Club - Ellicott City, North Saint John's Swim Club - Ellicott City, Frederick Area Divers, Waugh Chapel Swim Club - Gambrills, West Howard Swim Club - Mt. Airy, St. Andrews Swim and Tennis Club - Severna Park and Severn River Swim Club - Severna Park.

The meet began with sunny skies and a stirring solo rendition of our National Anthem at 8:15 a.m. and was followed by the first group of divers, the 8&Under girls division. Three Howard County pools were represented — Forest Hill, North St. John's and West Howard — and their divers were ready to perform. After the splashes had settled, Howard County divers came away with four first place finishes: West Howard's Avery Powers (8&UG), Forest Hill's Tyler Auer (8&UB), West Howard's Zyler Powers (11/12B), and West Howard's Moe Reese (13/14B); two second place finishes: Forest Hill's Jeff Brunner (11/12B) and Mark Brunner (13/14B); and three third place finishes: North St. John's Haley Kampert (9/10G), Peyton Fuller (13/14G) and Cooper Watts (13/14B). The day concluded at 3:45 p.m. with the final awards for the 15-18 Boys division.

League and additional meet information can be found at http://www.cmdldiving.org.

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