The Edmond Sun
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. —
Edmond North’s Jaci Smith and Edmond Central Middle School’s Luke Widemann and Jed Helker were all finalists at the USA Youth Outdoor National Track Meet in Edwardsville, Ill. on June 30.
The trio compete in the summer under the lead of Edmond North coach Tommy Nash for the Central Oklahoma Flyers, made up of track athletes from Edmond and the surrounding area.
“I like to take the kids to a national meet like this because they get the experience of competing against some topflight competition as well as participating on a big stage,” said Nash, who coaches the Flyers from ages 8-18. “Just making the finals at a meet like this is an accomplishment, but medaling is truly something special. The kids in our club have worked hard all summer and all of them have shown significant improvement by running personal bests during the summer.”
Smith, a sophomore, snatched a bronze medal in the 3000 meters and placed fifth in the 1500 meters. She also landed an eighth-place national finish in the 800 in the 15-16 girls division. Overall, Smith toted home three medals.
Widemann, a seventh-grader at Central, took sixth in the long jump in the 13-14 boys division, notching his first-ever medal at a national meet.
Helker, who is in the same grade as Widemann at Central, was a finalist in the 1500 and 3000. He narrowly missed earning national medals placing ninth and 11th respectively.
Edmond North sophomore Jadellyn Robinson took ninth in the high jump.
The Central Oklahoma Flyers will compete in the USATF Region 9 Track Meet next week in St. Louis. In St. Louis, all top five finishers in each event advance to the USATF Junior Olympics in North Carolina at the end of the month.