McDermed triple medalist at
by Misty Volaski
Shane McDermed took home three medals at the Junior Olympics
California Association state finals June 8 and 9 at Mountz San
Antonio College, including a silver medal in the discus, a bronze
in the javelin and a bronze in the triple jump.
Because of this, Shane has also qualified for the regional finals
in the multi-event pentathalon held in late July.
But this is not the first time he's won big. In 2000, Shane went
to the Junior Olympics in Buffalo, N.Y., and finished 16th in
the nation in the long jump of 4.60 meters. He was only the third
kid from the Ojai Valley in the last decade to qualify to compete
in this event.
Last year, Shane qualified for the National Championships in
Decatur, Ill., seeded in the top 10 for the 100-and 200-meter
dashes, but was unable to participate due to an illness.
The top finalists from California, Hawaii and Nevada will compete
later this year in the regional finals in Omaha, Neb.
McDermed also played on the Ojai Eagles football team as a running
back and strong safety for the Junior I squad.
"Shane has worked very hard, overcoming several injuries,
to make it to the finals," said his dad, Rory McDermed.
© 2002 The Ojai Valley News
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McDERMED PROUDLY shows off the three medals he won at Mt. SAC
June 8 and 9. He received a silver in the discus, a bronze in
the javelin throw, and a bronze in the triple jump.