Area thinclads stand out during Junior Olympic championships

ROCKWALL — Rockwall-area track and field clubs closed out the 47th USATF Junior Olympic Championships in Greensboro, N.C., last weekend with seven athletes earning eight All-American designations after outstanding performances.

The Club Vaultitude, Rockwall Mustangs and Texas Titans standouts led their respective teams with top outings at the week-long championship competition.

Club Vaultitude stars Kaylee Hinton, Noah Sewell, Luke Littlefield and Gaines Kinsey led the area All-Americans with top-eight finishes, which was required for the honor, in their individual specialties.

Texas Titans distance runner Kyle Garcia was the only gold medal winner, capturing first place in the 17-and-18 3000 meters with his time of 8:51.32.

He was also the only athlete earning All-American honors in multiple events, claiming fourth place in the 1500 meters (4:03.15) as well.

Brock Collins picked up the other top-eight finish for the Titans with his 6:39.63 clocking in the 15-and-16 2000 steeplechase for eighth place.

The Rockwall Mustangs earned one All-American designation when Fiona Dunleavy finished second in the 17-and-18 division 3000 race walk with her time of 16:16.89.

Club Vaultitude standout Hinton led the way early in the week with her eighth place in the 15-and-16 heptathlon, Sewell followed with his third place in the 13-and-14 pole vault (11-03 3/4) on Thursday, Littlefield placed fourth in the 15-and-16 pole vault (14-01 1/4) on Saturday and Kinsey came in sixth in the 17-and-18 800 meters (1:55.67) on Saturday.

Other Club Vaultitude athletes with top performances included Savanah McKenzie with her 11th place in the 13-and-14 outdoor pentathlon.

Natalie Hawthorne finished 18th in the 17-and-18 pole vault, Kyle Oldham with his 19th place in the 15-and-16 decathlon, Wyatt French with his 24th place in the 17-and-18 decathlon and Elizabeth Oberle with her 27th place in the 15-and-16 heptathlon.

Texas Titans who joined Kyle Garcia and Brock Collins with top outings included Lilly Davila with a 14th place in the 17-and-18 3000 (11:51.08), Greg Morua with an 11th place in the 17-and-18 2000 steeplechase (6:46.56), Damon Lewis with an 18th place in the 15-and-16 2000 steeplechase (7:00.67), Diego Munoz with a 20th place in the 15-and-16 2000 steeplechase (7:05.32) and Tyler Connelly with a 20th place in the 17-and-18 3000 meters (10:12.88).

The Titans 15-and-16 division 3200-meter relay team of Collins, Lewis, Munoz and Justin Wood came in 14th and the 17-and-18 team of Rod Chapman, Connelly, Garcia and Morua finished in 17th place.

Club Vaultitude contingent competes at State Games

Club Vaultitude also had a small contingent of qualifying athletes compete at the TAAF State Games of Texas in Corpus Christi last week.

Sarah Graves posted a fourth place in the 14-and-under pole vault (7-06), Sarah Schneider put up a ninth place in the 18-and-under pole vault (9-00) and a ninth place in the high jump (5-00).

Julia Watson finished 11th in the 16-and-under pole vault (8-00) and Cole McCrary came in 14th in the 14-and-under pole vault (8-00).

Kaitlyn Stark also finished in 20th place in the 16-and-under 1600 meters (6:14.16), Clark Norris finished 20th in the 16-and-under pole vault (10-06).

Matt Graves came in 23rd in the 16-and-under pole vault (10-00). – See more at:

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