Local athlete qualifies for AAU junior Olympics
Ben Kennedy, 15, of the Southeast Striders Track and Field Club, competed in the USA Youth Track and Field Nationals June 28 through July 3 in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
He won a fourth place medal in the triple jump and sixth place metal in the long jump. He also qualified to compete in the USATF Jr. Olympic Regionals held July 9 in the javelin throw and qualified in the AAU National Jr. Olympics held in New Orleans in August in the javelin throw and triple jump.
The Southeast Striders is based in Covington and is coached by B. J. Kennedy, Ben’s father, and Eric Barnes. B.J. Kennedy is a deputy with the Newton County Sheriff’s Office.
Ben Kennedy qualified for the AAU National Jr. Olympics in the javelin and triple jump.