Emma Fitzgerald in the heptathlon (photo: Kikki)

Emma Fitzgerald in the heptathlon (photo: Kikki)

During just the first two days of competition at the USATF National Junior Olympic Championships in Greensboro, NC, five New England association athletes earned medals.

Emma Fitzgerald (Braintree, MA) won the 15-16 heptathlon with 4698 points for the gold to date. Alva Hicks (Providence, RI) earned silver in the 15-16 hammer throw, 160’2″, and Owen Russell (Attleboro, MA) took bronze in the 15-16 hammer throw at 175’9.  Also making the medal podium with 7th place finishes were Nolan Allen (Arlington, MA/Waltham TC) in the 3000m race walk, 17:53.80, and Kyle Faddis (Boxford, MA/BAA Masconomet) in the 13-14 pentathlon, 2586.

Over 5,000 athletes are entered at this year’s nationals, which continues through Sunday.  The Junior Olympics includes a series of meets progressing in meets from association level to regional to national. Athletes compete in two-year age groups from 7-8 to 17-18.

Follow the results at http://www.usatf.org/Events—Calendar/2013/USATF-National-Junior-Olympic-Outdoor-Track—Fiel.aspx

A free live online broadcast of the Championships is available at www.USATF.tv