The United States Track and Field Junior Olympic National Championships were held July 22-28 in Greensboro, North Carolina. Drew Lament, a sopohmore at Waynesfield-Goshen High School, competed as an unattached participant.
GREENSBORO, N.C. â€” Drew Lament took fifth place in a national decathlon championship meet recently, competing in the Intermediate boys division (ages 15-16) in the USA Track & Field Junior Olympic Outdoor Championships on July 22-23 in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Lament, who was competing unattached at the national meet, will be a sophomore at Waynesfield-Goshen High School for the 2013-14 school year.
His final points total was 5,481, just four points behind the fourth-place finisher and fewer than 200 points behind the champion in the Intermediate standings.
â€śI was hoping to get second or third, but the kids who placed higher than me, they did their best in almost every event, and I only did my best in a few events,â€ť Lament said. â€śI would have done good in all of my events, I could have probably won or finished higher.â€ť
On Monday, July 22, the first day of the two-day meet, Lament recorded lifetime bests in three events â€” winning the high jump by four inches at 6-2.75, placing eighth in the long jump at 18-2.5 and finishing 13th at 56.88 in the 400-meter dash. He also took 13th in the 100-meter dash at 12.36 and tied for sixth in the shot put (34-9.5).
After the first day of competition, Lamentâ€™s points total of 2,863 was fourth overall in his divisionâ€™s standings.
On Tuesday, July 23, Lament finished fifth in the 100-meter hurdles at 16.65, fourth in the discus at 106-8, third in pole vault at 11-11.75, sixth in the javelin throw at 129-11 and seventh in the 1500 at 5:08.21.
Lament trained all summer for this string of decathlons, with the help of W-G assistant track and field coach Joe Horn.
â€śIâ€™d like to thank Joe for helping me train during the summer,â€ť Lament said. â€śMost of the time it was in the morning from 8-10 a.m. Some days I had two-a-days from 8-10 a.m. and came back from 5-6 for some running. Iâ€™d like to thank him for his time.â€ť
To qualify to the national championships, Lament was the USATF Region V intermediate boys decathlon champion last week at Olivet College in Olivet, Mich., with a total of 5,393 points in the two-day, 10-event competition.
This past spring, for his freshman season for W-G in track and field, Lament placed eighth in the high jump at the Division III, Region 10 meet in Tiffin. He was also a regional qualifier in pole vault and on W-Gâ€™s 4x400-meter relay team.
Lament will turn his attention to football, with the start of official practice exactly one week away.
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