In track, as in all other sports, you win some and you lose some. But usually it doesn't happen in the way it happened to the Waukegan Invaders youth track team at the USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships last weekend in Jacksonville, Fla.
Waukegan got a win from Mariah Palmer, who ran 1,500 meters in 5:40.9 in the girls 8-under age group. That's an equivalent of a 6:06 time for 1,600 meters, which is a high school distance.
But no sooner had the Invaders got a win from Palmer, then they lost her.
According to Waukegan Invaders head coach Ken Almond, Palmer moved from Waukegan to Texas soon after the meet. Palmer also finished sixth in the 800 in 2:49.94.
The Invaders' other winner at nationals won't be going anywhere, except perhaps to run in college in a few years. Thomas Mosley will be a junior at Zion-Benton and he won the 800 in the boys 15-16 age group in a time of 1:55.28.
At last spring's IHSA state meet, only two runners in the 800 broke 1:53, and they both graduated.
Mosley also ran the 1,500 at nationals and finished second in 4:06.64, which is a 4:25 1,600.
Earning two silver medals for the Invaders was Emma Milburn, who will be a sophomore at Lake Forest and competed in the girls 15-16 age group. She ran the 1,500 in 4:39.43 (5:00 equivalent for 1,600) and the 3,000 in 10:37.51.
Earning a bronze medal was Katie Condon in the girls 17-18 division. She's be a senior at Lake Forest in the fall. Condon ran a 4:51.91 1,500, which is a 5:13.37 equivalent for the 1,600.
Several other runners also competed for the Invaders at nationals.
In the boys 9-10 age group, Caleb Levy took seventh in the 800 (2:30.31) and fourth in the 1,500 (5:00.06).
In the boys 15-16 age group, Etienne Najman was eighth in the 3,000 (9:26.55).
In the girls 13-14 age group, Clara Bryan competed in the 100. In the boys 17-18 age group, John Kellum competed in the 2,000 steeplechase. In the girls 9-10 age group, Zion Levy, Caleb's twin sister, competed in the 800 and 1,500 runs.
Next up for the Invaders is the Waukegan Invite on Aug. 15 at Waukegan High School's track.
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