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Herkimer’s Couchman qualifies for Junior Olympics

Melia Couchman, a track and field athlete who won a league title with the Herkimer Magicians as an eighth-grader, qualified for the Junior Olympic National Championships.

Couchman, 14, won the USA Track & Field (USATF) Region 1 women’s 13-14 pole vault title with a personal-best 10-foot leap Sunday at Comsewogue High School in Long Island. Region 1 is made up of divisions from Adirondack, Connecticut, Long Island, Maine, New England and New York.

The USATF Hershey National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships are Monday, July 22 to Saturday, July 28 in Sacramento, California. In May, Couchman won the Center State Conference Division II title at eight feet.

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