Assumption High track and field siblings Bailey and Jacob Daigle both competed at the USATF National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships on July 26 in Greensboro, N.C.
Bailey earned All-American status with an eighth-place finish in the 17-18 year-old girls pole vault, while Jacob finished 35th out of 48 competitors in the 15-16-year-old boys 3,000-meter race. Both siblings competed for the New Heights Gym Youth Club of New Iberia.
“It was a really good experience,” said Bailey, a senior. “It wasn’t like anything I expected it to be. It was a really big meet. I’ve never been to a meet that lasted longer than an hour. It was a four-hour long meet with 50 something girls. It was really fun and a good meet.”
Bailey, who has won the last two Class 4A state outdoor championships in the girls’ pole vault, cleared 11-1 3/4 to place eighth.
“I ended up having a really good meet,” Bailey said. “I think I had some really good jumps throughout the day. I don’t jump as well as I wanted to, but I think I had some really good jumps, and I ended up high.”
While he didn’t have a high finish, Jacob had a time of 9 minutes, 59.07 seconds, beating his personal best in the event by 12 seconds.
“I expected to do well, and I was hoping to get my PR,” said Jacob, a sophomore. “I didn’t expect to win it all, but I did want to run a decent time, and I ended up doing exactly what I wanted to do. I’m happy with how I did. It’s showed me a lot about what I have to work for and what I have to do to be successful in track or cross country. It was a lot of fun.”