Three Zachary athletes — Orsciana Beard, Sean Burrell and Kension Tate — are on the rise in the sport of track and field.
The Northwestern Middle School students competed in the 2015 USA Track and Field National Junior Olympics in Florida over the summer. Entry for the championship event is based on the athletes’ performances at preliminary and regional levels.
Held in Jacksonville from July 27 to Aug. 2, competition took place in six two-year age divisions, with athletes ranging between the ages of 7 and 18.
Burrell won the pentathlon in his division, finishing third in the 400-meter run and seventh in the 800; Tate placed 10th in the long jump; and Beard placed 12th out of 54 junior high athletes in the hurdles.
The young athletes have been competing in track and field events for several years.
Beard and Tate were part of the 2014 Copper Mill Fitness team, competing for the first time with the squad in the 2014 Governor’s Games, the state’s premier amateur athletic event for youth.
Burrell is a regional record-setter and has been a member of the Feliciana Heat track team, earning Junior Olympian status before as a hurdler, sprinter and high jumper. He won the pentathlon in his age division last year and finished fifth in the 80-meter hurdles, setting a regional record with a time of 12.6.
Burrell has won many medals while competing for the Feliciana Heat.
The three athletes said they attribute their success in track and field to a strong work ethic, family and teammate support, and guidance from their coaches and teachers.