Track star Joseph Anderson heads to Peru for Pan Am Junior Championships
Record-setting track star Joseph Anderson, a double-state hurdles champion, traveled to Lima, Peru on Monday where he will compete in the Pan American Junior Championships on Friday.
“It still feels unreal,” Anderson wrote in a private social media exchange. “(I’m) just trying to take it all in as we travel.”
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Anderson, a recent Upland High grad who will compete in college at Oregon, is one of 10 athletes from Southern California who qualified for the meet, which serves as the under-20 world championships.
Anderson won the 110-meter hurdles and the 300 hurdles at the CIF-State Championships in June, setting a state record of 13.33 seconds in the 110s. He won the 300s in 36.02. Both times lowered his San Bernardino County records.
Named by Gatorade as California’s Male Track & Field Athlete of the Year, Anderson followed his state double with a victory in the 110 hurdles at the Brooks PR national meet in Seattle, running 13.68 after spending the night in the hospital because of difficulty breathing.
He qualified for the U.S. Pan Am team by placing second at the USATF Junior Championships in Sacramento, running 13.45 in the final. It was his first non-preliminary loss of the season.
The 110 hurdles competition is scheduled on Friday, with semifinal heats in the morning and the final in the afternoon.
Other qualifiers from Southern California are Rachel […]