Corey Williams of Lexington won a gold medal in the high jump at the AAU National Junior Olympics, which were in New Orleans from July 27 through Aug. 6.
Williams, who attends Bryan Station High School, is a member of The Lexington Blazin' Cats Track Club, founded in 2008.
The team, with 50 athletes ages 5 to 18, travels to competitions in Kentucky and neighboring states. This year, 26 members qualified for the national meet.
Corey won the gold with a jump of 6 feet, 3 inches. It was the first gold medal for the Blazin' Cats, whose head coach is Rodney Chambers.
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Tamyah Pipkin of Tates Creek High School, a two-time state champ in the 100-meter dash, ran her fastest time ever — 11.93 seconds — in the national meet. Pipkin also ran a personal-best 24.75 seconds in the 200 meters.
Other Central Kentucky athletes to qualify for the national championship were: Neveah Hayden, Makyra Ross, Amaya Ross, Morgan Williams, Makenzie Wharton, Katlin Paris, Reilly Ray, Brooke Raglin, Carynn Stewart, Aja Leachman, Trinity Gay, William Wharton, Dakobe Henderson, Tyree Nebbitt, Xavier Brown, Obie Taylor, Mike Jones, Armenian Mitchell, Chris Wharton, Langston Jackson, Donovan Edwards, Adrian Lyttle, Clark Blackburn and Tre Duncan.