Wayne's Thomas and Pike's Qualls Earn IR July Athlete of the Month Awards
Brionna Thomas – So. – Fort Wayne Wayne High School
Brionna Thomas shocked everyone this past month winning the National Championship for Intermediate Girls at the USATF Junior Olympic Meet for 200 meters.
Thomas, just a Sophomore at Fort Wayne Wayne High School capped off an immensely successful season in which she also won the 100 and the 200 at the IHSAA
State Meet. Thomas won the two events in at-the-time personal bests 11.91 an 24.18. Thomas showed that the competition of some of the best young girls in the nation would help her drop over a half second on her personal best en route to a 23.67! The time is good enough to put her fourth of the All-Time State Best list and the top Sophomore in Indiana history.
Brionna was also 2nd in the 200 and 3rd in the 100 as a Freshman in 2011.
Congrats to Brionna. The future is bright!
Quintynn Qualls – Sr. – Pike High School
Quinntyn Qualls capped off a great season with a suprising performance at last weekends USATF Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships.
Qualls has been an elite sprint talent in Indiana since his Sophomore Year. That season, he finished third in the 200 meters at the IHSAA State Championships. Earlier in the season, he ran a still personal best 21.39.
His Junior year, Quinntyn matched that performance with a third place finish in the 100 at State and was 5th in the 200.
This, his Senior season, Qualls again finished third in the 100 and 4th in the 200.
What most didn’t expect was for Qualls choice to run the 400 at the Junior Olympic Meet. Qualls advanced through the prelims and in the process, ran a state leading time of 47.94. The previous Indiana Best for 2012 was held by Jeron Brown of Lawrence Central at 48.08. In the final, Qualls ran his second best time ever at 400 meters, clocking a 48.66 good enough for 8th overall.
Congrats to Quinntyn on the new 400 personal best and 2012 State Best!