|Terry, Giles, Rodkey to compete in Junior Olympics|
|Written by Matthew Caldwell|
|Thursday, 26 July 2012|
Sydney Rodkey, a North Oconee graduate, qualified in the pole vault with a vault of 11-feet-4-inches and a third-place in the regional meet.
The Junior Olympics will be Rodkey’s final meet before starting this fall with Mississippi State’s track and field team.
“It will be bittersweet,” said Rodkey, who won the Class AA state championship in her final high school meet in May. “I will like having people there with me and having team members there to cheer you on. I’m excited. I want to go higher because I’ve been doing it in practice and I want to do it in a meet.”
Shae Giles, a rising junior at North Oconee, qualified for the Junior Olympics in the long jump with a jump of 16-feet-10-inches and a fourth-place finish.
“I was excited and screaming from the top of my lungs,” said Giles, who said she is nervous about competing in the Junior Olympics.
Giles said she wants to have a jump of at least 17 feet.
Mary Terry, a rising sophomore at North Oconee, had a high jump of 5-feet and tied for second place to qualify for the Junior Olympics.
“I was pretty excited,” said Terry, who hopes to have a high jump of at least 5-feet-2-inches at the meet. “I knew we would all get second if one girl missed and I would qualify, and she missed so it was exciting.”
Giles competed in her event Wednesday and Terry is competing Friday at the same time Rodkey is pole vaulting.
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