Refugio Girl Wins Second National Track Title

Two national championships in two days for a member of the Sho Up And Sho Out Track Club Of Victoria. At the AAU Junior Olympics nationals in Des Moines, Iowa, Jai’Lin King wins the long jump in girls 15-16 year olds. Her winning jump was 18 feet, two inches. This comes the day after King won nationals in the high jump. Jai’Lin won the state UIL 2A championship for Refugio in long jump in May. These are the Coastal Bend Swim League kids who qualified for Nationals last week and their state placings. Nationals are next July in Lynchburg, Virginia.

1st Place: 1. Allison Berger

2. Kamie New

3. Glory Palmer

4. Saraya Sevier this was 9-10 100 Free Relay Girls

2nd Place: 1. Ava Collins

2. Claire Connally

3. Isabella Hinojosa

4. Maliyah Lewis this was 8 and under Free Relay Girls

3rd Place: 1. Aiden Muehlstein

2. Luke Palmer

3. Chayson Ralston

4. Charlie Smith this was the 6 and Under Free Relay

Townes VanGundy 2nd place in the 50 Back

We also had some make it last year. There are quite a few going to the Winter Games in Pearland in January. That is their last chance to make it to Nationals.

Coming off their most recent win at the inaugural USA Softball International Cup, the USA Softball Women’s National Team (WNT) have continued to make final preparations for the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) World Championship set to take place August 2-12 in Chiba, Japan. Thanks to the hospitality and efforts made by the City of Iwakuni and Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Iwakuni, the Red White and Blue have trained and will now take advantage of the opportunity to play the Toyota Terriers, a Japan professional softball team, for an exhibition doubleheader set to start tonight at 5:30 p.m. JST.

“We are training to prepare ourselves for tomorrow,” said Head Coach Ken Eriksen. “Whatever tomorrow is, whether it’s another training session or a competition, we are just concerning ourselves about us. We have 17 players from the United States that represent all the diverse nature of America. These 17 make me proud everyday to wear USA across the chest. I hope all that follow the games and those that follow USA athletes get behind these 17 and support them in their short and long term objectives.”

Following tonight’s doubleheader, Team USA will travel to Chiba, Japan where they will join the 15 other participating countries for the Opening Ceremony, set for August 2 at 6:30 p.m. JST.

Team USA will look to defend their Gold Medal finish at the 2016 World Championship in Surrey, B.C., Canada. The WNT opens the WBSC World Championship against Mexico on August 3 at 12:30 p.m. JST (August 2 at 10:30 p.m. CT). The Red, White and Blue will also play Chinese Taipei, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Puerto Rico and South Africa as part of preliminary round-robin action before heading into the playoff rounds.