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Three J.W. North Alums Go for Gold at Olympic Trials

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Sacramento - The Golden state has produced more Olympians than any other state in the union and all...

... but three countries.

Although there are no easily obtainable records of their high school affiliations, it would be safe to assume that thousands of California high schools have never produced an Olympian.

Knowing this makes the accomplishment of Riverside North’s grads at the 2004 Track & Field Trials that much more astonishing.

Joanna Hayes, Chante Howard and Nicole Demby, all former J.W. North track and field stars, qualified to compete for an opportunity to make the U.S Olympic Team.

Howard, a 2002 graduate now attending Georgia Tech, placed second in the High Jump on Tuesday with a jump of 6’4” to earn her a spot on the U.S. Team.

Hayes, a 1995 graduate who attended UCLA and now trains with Bob Kersey, finished second in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 12.547, two thousandths of a second behind Gail Devers.

The final North Alum, 100-meter hurdler and 2002 graduate Nicole Demby, ran a 13.00, finishing fifth and not qualifying for the team. Demby, a sophomore at the University of Texas and the reigning NCCA champion in that event, will surely be around come 2008.

Moreno Valley Canyon Springs graduate Mickey Grimes, who ran well all season, ran a 20.98 in the men’s 200 meter, finishing seventh and failing to qualify.

Local favorite Tyree Washington of Riverside La Sierra also struggled, running a 45.63 and finishing fifth in the 400-meter, failing to advance from the first heat.

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