A pair of local runners traveled to Lindenwood this weekend to take part in the AAU Junior Olympics Regional Qualifier on Sunday, July 1.
St. James senior Grant Conway ran in the 110m and 400m hurdles events, while Rolla Junior High runner Izzy Frost ran in the 1,500m run. Both were able to qualify for the Junior Olympics.
Conway continued his spectacular summer with great finishes in both of his events. Conway was the top finisher in his preliminary race of the 110m hurdles, finishing with a time of 14.38. The competitors all kicked things up a notch in the finals. Conway finished second despite shaving .18 seconds off his time, crossing the finish line in 14.20. Jakeel Suber, who ran with Conway on Team Missouri in the 440 shuttle hurdle relay team at the Great Southwest Track and Field Classic earlier this summer, won the race with a time of 14.17. The third place finisher, Isaiah Martin, also ran with Conway at Great Southwest.
Conway's day wasn't done with the 110m hurdles. The Tiger hurdler then ran the 400m hurdles for the first time and took home a fourth place finish. He crossed the finish line with a time of 56.22. Those finishes meant the Conway qualified for the Junior Olympics in both events.
Frost also represented Rolla exceedingly well over the weekend. Before running in the qualifier on Sunday, Frost ran in the 11th Annual Macklind Mile in St. Louis on Saturday. Frost took second in her age division in the one mile race, finishing with a time of 5:30. She was just four seconds away from the state record for 12-year-old girls. Overall, she finished fifth out of 268 women at the event.
The Macklind Mile was just a warmup for the AAU Junior Olympics Regionals Qualifier on Sunday. She raced in the 13-year-old girls division, running in the 1,500m run. Frost took second with a time of 5:11, missing out on first place by less than a second. This will be Frost's third appearance in the Junior Olympics.
The 52nd Annual Junior Olympics will be held in Des Moines, Iowa at Drake University July 29-Aug. 4.