Sprinter Price competes in Jr. Olympic games

Jefferson High sprinter Danté Price recently competed in a national track and field Junior Olympic meet held in Baltimore.

BALTIMORE — After winning both the 100-meter and 200-meter sprints at a USATF National Junior Olympic regional meet, Jefferson High rising senior Dante’ Price competed in both those events over the weekend at Morgan State University in Baltimore at the 46th USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships.

The USATF Junior Olympic organization calls itself “the most visible youth athletic development program in the world.”

To qualify for the national championship meet in Baltimore, Price defeated the 100-meter field in the Region 5 Meet (Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio, Lake Erie, and West Virginia) with his time of 10.87. Price then defeated a similar field in the finals of the 200 meters with his time of 21.59.

Also in the same Region 5 meet, recent Washington High graduate Roland Rush cleared a personal-best 15-feet to win the pole vault and also qualify for the Baltimore meet.

Rush was six inches better than two other Regional competitors who both cleared 14-feet-six inches.

In Baltimore, Price finished fourth in the 200 meter dash. His time was 21.22 but the winner, Aldrich Bailey representing the Dallas Gold AAU team, was timed in 20.78. The second-place finisher was clocked in 21.04 and the third-place finisher had a time of 21.18.

In the 100-meter finals, Price finished fifth with his time of 10.75. Bailey won that sprint in 10.44. The other three times in front of Price were 10.53, 10.62, and 10.68.

Rush competed against 54 other pole vaulters in Baltimore.

Just as he had done in the 2012 West Virginia Class AAA state track and field meet, Rush cleared no height. Three competitors cleared 15-feet 11 inches and six more cleared 15-feet 5 inches.

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