HUMBLE, Texas — Raymond’s Karlee Freeman captured her age-group discus championship at the USA Track &Field Junior Olympics last week in Humble, Texas.
Competing in the girls 13-14 division, Freeman uncorked a final throw of 130-10 3/4. A total of 56 girls from throughout the U.S. competed in the event.
Although she entered the meet with the top qualifying mark, Freeman trailed Hannah Hall of California’s 3-M Track Club entering Saturday’s finals. Hall had thrown 125-1 on her first attempt.
Freeman took the lead with a 128-10 on her fourth throw, then sealed the victory by bettering that mark on her final attempt.
An incoming Raymond High School freshman, Freeman was the top-ranked middle school discus thrower in the nation last spring, according to the athletic.net online service.
She also qualified for the national Junior Olympics in the girls 100 hurdles, but failed to make the finals in that event.
Discus prowess is something of a Freeman family tradition. Her mother, Briana Enlow Freeman, is a former state high school champion in that event, as is an uncle, Denny Freeman.
North Beach’s Caleb Bridge placed 19th in the 17-18 boys discus with a throw of 152-9. Brian Peterson of Texas won that event at 194-3.
Bridge was also 26th in the boys shot put at 48-3/4. Willie Morrison of Missouri captured the shot at 63-8 3/4.