Sydney, a rising sophomore at Union Catholic in Scotch Plains, set a national freshman and New Jersey record in the 400-meter hurdles with a 55.63, the second-fastest ever by a high school hurdler, at the USA Track & Field junior nationals in Eugene, Ore. She was runner-up to this year’s NCAA champion, Shamier Little of Texas A&M, by .20 of a second.
Gelen, a Lake Central High grad, won the state discus title with a 197' 7" throw. He also ended his wrestling career with 101 straight wins, repeating as state champion; as a linebacker, he led the Indians to the sectional title with 100 tackles and 11 sacks. Gelen will play football at Purdue, the alma mater of his dad, Glenn, a two-time NBA All-Star.
Summer, a rising ninth-grader at the online Connections Academy, broke Olympian Sarah Hammer’s 15–16 age-group national record in the 2K individual pursuit with a 2:35.255 at the junior track nationals in Carson, Calif. Summer, who rides for TWENTY16 Cycling’s junior development team, swept all six events to win the age division.
Jeremy, a striker and Walter Johnson High grad, scored four goals to help the Bethesda-Olney U-18 Academy team rally from a 2–0 deficit to beat the Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-18 team 5–3 and reach the national U.S. Soccer Development Academy quarterfinals. Jeremy, who will play at Duke in the fall, leads the USSDA with 38 goals in 25 games.
Shelby, a recently graduated home-schooler who rides for the Hancock Horsemen Equestrian Team out of Findlay, was named the Champion Western Rider in the varsity open division at the Interscholastic Equestrian Association western nationals in Oklahoma City. She took first in the reining event to win the overall title, beating out 11 riders.
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