News-Democrat Jazzmine Poole, of Fairview Heights, joined the metro-east track and field elite last week when she captured the discus title at the USA Track and Field Junior Olympics National Championships in Greensboro, N.C.
Competing in the girls 13-14 age group, Poole had a winning toss of 131 feet 11 inches -- more than 4 feet farther than her nearest competitor.
Poole, who will be a freshman at Belleville East, was the only local athlete to win a title during the week-long event, which was hosted by North Carolina A&T University.
Four other local athletes also earned top 10 finishes.
Competing in the girls 15-16 age division, Highland High School distance runner Allison Zobrist was second in the 1,500 meters with a time of 4 minutes 45.11 seconds and placed seventh in the 3,000 meters with a time of 10:44.41 seconds.
Cahokia High School sophomore Raynesha Lewis, also competing in the 15-16 division, placed third in the triple jump (37 feet 9 1/2 inches) and ninth in the long jump (17 feet 3 1/2 inches)
Belleville West senior Claudette Day placed ninth the girls 17-18 age group heptathlon.
Ricky Berry of Belleville, competing in the boys 13-14 age class, placed seventh in the 100-meter hurdles and eighth in the 200-meter hurdles.