Kunkler ready for Junior Olympics

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July 18, 2019 - 10:10 AM

Elysia Kunkler alongside Spencer Walton, left, from OKCFuel, and David Daugharthy of Iola. Kunkler will compete in the USA TF Hershey National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships this upcoming Monday and Tuesday. COURTESY PHOTO

Iola’s Elysia Kunkler has reached the USA TF Hershey National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships, held in Sacramento, Calif., July 22 – 28. 

This marks Kunkler’s third trip to the Junior Olympics, but her first time competing as a heptathlete. The heptathlon consists of the high hurdles, long jump, high jump, 200-meter run, 800-meter run, shot put, and javelin.  

“I feel kind of nervous,” Kunkler said. “Last time I went, I got 16th in the hurdles. My family expected me to be an All-American. Even though I’m not running the hurdles as an individual event, they still expect me to be an all-American, because my coaches said I could make it.” 

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