Two athletes with ties to McDowell will compete in the USA Track and Field Junior Olympic National Championships at Morgan State University in Baltimore this weekend.
Chad Ackerman, the 2012 District 10 AAA pole vault champion, will compete Sunday in the Young Men’s Division. Ackerman qualified as the Three Rivers District champion June 23 with a vault of 13 feet 6 inches and as the runner-up at the Region 2 championships July 7 at the University of Delaware.
Caleb Sanford, who will be a freshman at McDowell, was also the Three Rivers District champ in the Intermediate Boys division with a vault of 11-6. Sanford will compete Saturday.