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Duo set for Junior Olympics test

Wilkes-Barre — Winning district gold medals wasn’t enough for two runners.

Quieterriua Gross and Darrell Crawford will be competing in the Junior Olympics Wednesday through Aug. 3 in Greensboro, N.C. The competition consists of 15 regions across the United States that compete in the competition.

Gross, a student at GAR, competes in the 100 hurdles. She won the event in the spring taking home the District 2 Junior High Tournament. Gross, 13, competed in the associated championship where she placed first. She then ventured to the regional competition this past weekend at Kutztown University and again took first. She took first place in the 100 hurdles with a mark of 16.01 seconds, making her record the ninth fastest of her age group in the United States.

“Quieterriua practices everyday at Kirby Park for the competitions,” said head coach of the GT Racers Richard Gross. “It’s impressive what she does at such a young age.”

Quieterriua Gross will compete in the 13-14 young girls group. Her biggest competition is a girl from region 11, who holds an individual record of 14.48 making it the fastest time in the United States for that age group.

Crawford, a student at GAR, is a former AAU competitor, before competing in this particular league.

“After I saw Darrell place in the AAU competition, I knew I had to bring him to compete for the Junior Olympics,” said Richard Gross.

Crawford is also a gold medalist; he won the triple jump earlier this spring and broke the District 2 triple jump record.

During the summer he participated in the associated championship where, like Quieterriua Gross, he took first.

In regional competition Crawford took second behind an athlete from New York. This New York athlete is ranked No. 1 in the United States and Crawford will get another shot to defeat him later this month.

Crawford is competing in the intermediate boys ages 15-16.

“What I was impressed with is the talent they faced at regionals,” said Richard Gross. “They faced athletes from the Mid-Atlantic division, which are the states of New York, New Jersey and Delaware.”

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