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The Fremont Track Club captured six medals during the Region VIII Junior Olympic Championships last weekend in Ames, Iowa.

The region includes athletes from Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Mikey Saxton and Jonathon LaDay had the top finishes for the club.

Saxton was the runner-up in the 1,500 meters for the boys age 11-12 division in 5:13.26.

“Mikey made a great move on the second lap to pass the pack and move into second place,” FTC coach Sean McMahon said. “He then held the others off the rest of the way.”

Saxton improved his personal record by 10 seconds and beat three of the runners who finished ahead of him last month during the state meet in Omaha.

“It was the fastest 1,500 by one of our track club athletes, in the 11-12 age group, in the 25 years that I’ve been coaching,” McMahon said.

LaDay finished second in the long jump in the boys 13-14 division with a leap of 17-2 3/4.

“Jon had a very good series of jumps and put three of his jumps out farther than third place,” McMahon said. “With 16 of the top competitors from six states, Jon really rose to the occasion.”

LaDay also placed fifth in the high jump by clearing 5-1.

The club captured a pair of medals in the 3,000-meter run for boys 11-12.

Noah Miller finished fourth in 11:12.32 while teammate Juan Gonzalez was fifth in 11:54.60.

“Both Noah and Juan handled the fast early-pace well and still ran outstanding overall times,” McMahon said. “For Noah, it was a PR and our club record for that age group.”

In the boys 15-16 pole vault, Drew Sellon finished fourth by clearing 10-2.

“It was a PR for Drew and an excellent vault for someone coming out of eighth grade,” McMahon said.

Carter Waters finished seventh in the boys 15-16 1,500 in 4:39.77.

“Like Drew, Carter was on the young side of the age group as an eighth-grader competing against a lot of athletes coming out of their freshman track seasons,” McMahon said. “Carter rose to their level of competition by setting a 10-second PR. It would convert to about a 4:58 1,600. Running under 5:00 is an extreme rarity for a middle school athlete, so it was really good to see Carter finish off his track season with that type of effort.”

In the boys 8-and-under 1,500, Dawson Miller was seventh in 6:57.41. Jase LaDay was 11th in the boys 11-12 high jump with a personal record of 3-11 1/4.

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