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USATF Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships set for this weekend on the Coast

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Hattiesburg Flyers coaches Phillip Travis, Charles Green and Eddie Walker all assisted in bringing the Junior Olympic track meet to the coast.

Travis said, "We're looking at possibly anywhere from 900 to 1200 kids from Mississippi and Louisiana."

Track and field competitors ranging in age from 6 to 18 will begin the competition Saturday morning at 9 with the finals set for Sunday.

14-year-old Jaylon Jackson of the Hattiesburg Flyers hopes to capture the 110 high hurdles.  According to coach Green, you could be looking at a future Olympian.

"This past weekend at a meet we had here at West Harrison, he took almost eight-tenths of a second off his 110 hurdles person best.  

Jackson was timed in 15.39 seconds.

Green said, "That time should have him in the running at this year's Junior Olympics."

Jackson has so much potential, the Hattiesburg High School boys track coach moved him from the N.R. Burger Middle School track team to the Hattiesburg High School track team as a 7th grader.

The same thing happened this year as an 8th grader and Jackson excelled.

Jackson said, "My coach moved me up and I qualified for South State. He said a good jumper is a good sprinter.  I tripled jumped and long jumped so I started hurdles and I progressed in it more and more."

Jackson knows to be the best, you have to go out and get the job done.

"Undefeated right now, "stated Jackson.  "I've got to keep on working because I know people are going to be gunning just for me."

Spectators can watch the future track stars at West Harrison High School this weekend.  Admission is $5.00.

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