Asheville Lightning

A NC Track & Field Association "Youth Best Practices" Award Team

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Welcome to the Asheville Lightning Junior Olympics Team website. Junior Olympics (affectionately known as JOs) is the top youth Track & Field and Cross Country program in America and is sponsored by USA Track & Field, our national track and field organization. It is open to boys and girls from ages 6 to 18, from beginners to advanced high school level. The Asheville Lightning is one of the most respected and well known Junior Olympics teams in the southeast and in 2012 it received the prestigious North Carolina Track & Field Association President's "Youth Best Practices Award", a recognition from the state level of the superior organization and administration of the Asheville Lightning. Over 2000 young athletes from Western North Carolina have been members of the team since it was first formed in 1991 and many of these have been State, Regional and National Champions. The team annually has over 20 volunteer coaches, a dedicated administrative staff and is supported by many youth-oriented organizations. Typically over 100 young athletes are on the team each summer. Practices are held Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 6:15 to 8:00 PM at the AC Reynolds HS track, beginning in late April of each year.


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Team News & Announcements
Updated March 9, 2014

1st Day of Practice:  Monday, April 28th, 2014
6:15-8:00pm at AC Reynolds HS Track

2014 Schedule

Congratulations to our 2013 Asheville Lightning All-Americans


Elyse King – 13-14 G – Triple Jump – 7th
Chris Cubra – 17-18 M – Shot Put – 4th
Theo Antinori – 9-10 B – High Jump – 8th

Asheville Lightning Hurdle Crew at 2013 National Meet in Greensboro
Coaches Pantas, Agrella, Smith, Brewer, Tucker, Albrecht and Meredith, Team Administrator
Ruth Moraga, Intern Colby Crawford and Athletes Noela Moraga and Madison Smith

An outstanding job once again by the best hurdle crew in America.

12Team Records Set at 2013 National Meet
Avery Hind – 13-14 G – 3000m Racewalk – (Old record was 21:45.70) New record 20:13.77
Jia Hind – 9-10 G – 1500m Racewalk – (old record was 11:44.13) New record 10:26.94
Owen Koppe – 11-12 B – 1500m Racewalk – (old record was 10:36.99) New record 10:28.35
Hannah Kania – 17-18 W – Heptathlon – (old record was 3131) New record 3210
Elyse King – 13-14 G – Triple Jump – (old record was 33’4” or 10.16m) New record 34’2” (10.41m)
Chris Cubra – 17-18 M – Shot Put – (old record was 54’10” or 16.71m) New record 57’0.75” (17.39m)
Garrett Ruley – 17-18 M – 2000m Steeplechase – (old record was 6:57.36) New record 6:40.48
Garrett Ruley – 17-18 M – 3000m Run – (old record was 9:42.75) New record 9:40.31
Olivia Moraga – 6-8 G – Shot Put – (old record was 14’4.5” or 4.38m) New record 14’10.75” (4.54m)
Hudson Koch – 11-12 B – 3000m Run – (old record was 10:55.76) New record 10:46.25
Chris Cubra – 17-18 M – Javelin – (old record was 159’6” or 48.62m) New record 159’10” (48.71m)
Hudson Koch – 11-12 B – 1500m Run – (old record was 5:06.93) New record 4:56.03

Best Practices Award At 2012 State Meet

The Asheville Lightning was presented with the NC Track & Field Association's President's Youth Best Practices Awards at the 2012 State Meet. Only six teams out of the 200 at the meet received this prestigious award.


2013 Results
Developmental Meet Results

NC State Meet Results     Region 3 Championship Meet Results    2013 National Championship

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