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Anderson set for Junior Olympics

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July 20, 2011 - Eight-year-old Bo Anderson is preparing for a trip to Wichita, Kansas where he will compete in the 45th USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships.

Anderson recently competed at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Junior Olympic Region 5 Competition at the GaREAT/SPIRE Sports Complex in Geneva, Ohio against athletes from Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia and Lake Erie, July 9.

He placed second in the 1,500-meter run, beating his previous time by 20 seconds and finishing in 6:17.34. The finish qualified him for the Junior Olympic National Championships.

"Bo ran an amazing race," said mom, Kathy. "We couldn't believe the improvement in his time and he was extremely excited to receive a second place medal in the 1500 and advance to the nationals."

He also placed seventh in the 400-meter dash, setting his personal best time of 1:28.84.

Bo qualified for the regional competition when he placed in the top five in his age group in three events at the USATF Michigan Association meet in Livonia, June 18. He competed in the 1,500-meter run, 400-meter dash and 800-meter run.

"When Bo competed in his first outdoor track in June we really had no idea what he was capable of and whether he'd enjoy the track and field competition," said Kathy. "It is an incredible accomplishment for Bo to have competed at the Junior Olympic level and to have performed so well."

He chose to compete in only two of the events for the regional competition, Kathy said.

The national championships are held July-26-31 at Cessna Stadium at Wichita State University in Kansas.

"Our family is still trying to see if we can get to Wichita on July 15 for the 1,500-meter run," said Kathy.

The 45th USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships is the most visible youth athletic development program in the world. Many of today's Olympic stars began their track and field careers at the event.

"We are very proud of him," said Kathy. "He really has developed a passion for the sport."

Bo enters third grade at Springfield Plains Elementary in the September. His parents are Mike and Kathy.

Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007.
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