Stetson and Jessica Moss are the subject of today’s Medal Stand column in the Post Register. They make their first Junior Olympics Nationals debut today in Lawrence, Kan. I will be keeping tabs on them through the weekend and will follow up with them for next week’s column.
The Medal Stand: Mosses competing at Jr Olympics
By MARLOWE HEREFORD
Siblings Stetson and Jessica Moss of Iona are in Lawrence, Kan., this week competing at the National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships. This is their first Junior Olympics Nationals appearance.
Jessica and Stetson compete in the 1,500 heats today. Jessica’s 13-14 girls heat is at 7 a.m. today while Stetson’s 15-16 boys heat is 7:40 a.m. Stetson also competes Friday at 7 a.m. Mountain Time in the 15-16 boys 3,000 finals.
An incoming Bonneville High School sophomore this fall, Stetson qualified for Junior Olympics Nationals by winning the 15-16 boys 1,500 in 4:14.48 and the 15-16 boys 3,000 in 9:09.61 in June at the Region 11 Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships in Meridian. Both were meet records and personal best times.
An incoming Rocky Mountain Middle School eighth grader, Jessica also qualified for Junior Olympics Nationals with personal best times in Meridian, placing second in the 13-14 girls 1,500 in 5:20 and fifth in the 13-14 girls 800 in 2:36. Jessica opted to not compete in the 800 at Junior Olympics Nationals. Look for a follow-up with the Mosses next week in the Post Register.
Chari Hawkins, 2010 Madison graduate, five-time All-American at Utah State and current professional heptahlete with the Santa Barbara Track Club, is one of 14 athletes representing the U.S. at the Thorpe Cup taking place Saturday and Sunday in Dusseldorf, Germany. It is a hepatathlon and decathlon only event that has occured annually since 1993 between American and German athletes.
Coming up locally
The Idaho Falls Marathon, half marathon, 5k and kids run takes place Saturday at Snake River Landing. Start times are as follows: 5:30 a.m. for the full marathon, 6:30 a.m. for the half marathon, 7:30 a.m. for the 5k, 8:30 a.m. for the kids run.
The Beat the Blast 9k takes place Saturday in Soda Springs. The course is 5.5 miles long from Bailey Creek to the geyser. Walkers begin at 7:30 a.m. and runners begin at 8 a.m.
The Mill SV Backcountry run takes place Saturday in Ketchum. the 16.5-mile race begins at 8 a.m., the 10-mile race begins at 9 a.m. and the 5k begins at 10 a.m.
Team USA Update
Almost a year after the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, several familiar faces are in the pool at the ongoing FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. Since the swimming portion of worlds began Sunday, Katie Ledecky has won three gold medals and a silver to bring her international medal haul to 24 (22 golds, two silver). Ten minutes after receiving her gold medal for winning Sunday’s 400 freestyle in 3:58.34 (a three-second victory margin and her second fastest time ever for the event), she swam the third leg in the freestyle relay to give Team USA the lead in their eventual win in 3:31.72. Mallory Comerford, competing in her first major international final, swam the first leg in 52.59, breaking teammate Simone Manuel’s American record set in Rio. On Tuesday, Ledecky dominated her signature event — the 1,500 — in 15:31.82 for a near 19-second victory margin. Less than an hour after that race, she swam the fastest time of the day in the 200 free semifinals (1:54.69). In a tight 200 finals Wednesday, she and Australia’s Emma McKeon tied for second (1:55.18) to world record holder Federica Pellegrini of Italy (1:54.73), who has now won medals in the 200 in seven consecutive world championships. Ledecky has the 4×200 free and 800 free remaining this week.
Lilly King channeled her Rio performance on Tuesday by winning the 100 breaststroke in 1:04.13, breaking Ruta Meilutyte’s world record of 1:04.37 set in 2013. Katie Meili took second in 1:05.03 to complete the U.S. 1-2 and Russia’s Yuliya Efimova was third in 1:05.05. Nathan Adrian anchored Team USA to a win in the 4×100 freestyle in 3:10.06 on Sunday to bring his career worlds medal total to 10. On Wednesday, King, Matt Grevers, Caeleb Dressel and Simone Manuel won the mixed 4×100 in a world record 3:38.56. The event was added as an Olympic sport for Tokyo 2020.