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Herbert Jones III of Lancaster has qualified to compete in the Hershey Track and Field state meet.
Hershey has sponsored track and field for the last 34 years, giving young athletes ages 9-14 the chance to compete in running, jumping and throwing.
On April 30, Jones competed unattached at Richland Northeast High School in Columbia at the Hershey Central District meet.
Jones advanced to state, placing second in the 1600-meter run and third in the 800-meter run.
Jones’ effort secured a place to compete in the Hershey state meet in the Charleston area at the Mt. Pleasant Parks Recreation in June.
Mt. Pleasant is dear to Jones because just a year ago he ran his first distance race at the same track where Mt. Pleasant was having its grand opening of its new state-of-the-art track. This opportunity also enabled Herbert to be a part of the first athletes to compete at the new facility.
This track is also where he was invited to compete in USATF (United States of America Track and Field), giving him the right to choose, or run in both.
Over the last year, Jones has qualified to compete on the national level in AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) and USATF (United States of America Track and Field). Jones will also be competing next month in the AAU and USATF state meets with the intention of returning to the Junior Olympics in both.
Jones finished the indoor track and field season at East Tennessee State University in March being the first sibling to win a gold medal and securing the top place in the nation in his age group.