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TRACK: Local club hauls national medals home

Jacobs Sports Academy

Jaylon Guilbeaux of the Jacobs Sports Academy (Courtesy photo)

The AAU national champion 4×800-meter boys 15-16 team: Adam Mason, Alessandro Marcos, Cyrus Jacobs Jr. and Elyjaiah Durden. (Courtesy photo)

Cyrus Jacobs Jr., a 4×800-meter anchor runner for the Jacobs Sports Academy. (Courtesy photo)

In July the Jacobs Sports Academy Tigers track club saw several of its youths qualify for the AAU Junior Olympics in Des Moines, Iowa, and the USATF Junior Olympics in Greensboro, North Carolina, last month.

In Des Moines, the 15-16 boys won the national championship in the 4×800-meter relay. The team included Adam Mason, Alessandro Marcos, Cyrus Jacobs Jr. and Elyjaiah Durden.

Several others competed and posted personal bests in their running events, including Port Arthur athletes Bennie Scypion, Kylah Scypion, Celena Jacobs and Jada Guilbeaux.

Jacobs’ 13- to 14-year-old boys came in third in the 4×800-meter relay and eighth in the 4×400 in Greensboro. Jaylon Guilbeaux won the bronze in the 800 meters setting a personal record of 2 minutes, 2 seconds.

The 15- to 16-year-old boys took fourth in the 4×400 and 4×800.

A total of 19 youths went to the USATF Junior Olympics and 30 medals were won.


About I.C. Murrell

I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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