EUGENE, ORE./OLD LYME — On July 24 and 25, Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS) rising junior Zoe Eastman-Grossel placed 13th in the heptathlon for the 15-16 age group in the National Junior Track & Field Olympic Championships in Eugene, Ore.
She qualified for the event after winning the USA Track & Field (USATF) Region One Championships in Craryville, N.Y. , which included athletes from all the New England states and New York, including New York City and Long Island.
Eastman-Grossel competed found herself competing against a strong field of athletes in Eugene, Ore. She achieved a total score of 3669 points across the seven events, which represented an improvement of almost 200 points over her USATF Regional qualifying score of 3475.
This score ranks Eastman-Grossel among the top high school heptathletes in the country with her score being in the top 79 scores for that group in the United States.
Her performance included two personal records — one in the javelin with a throw of 75 ft. 10.75 ins. and the other in the 200-meter run with a time of 26.66.
With her club season at the Capital City track club in Hartford completed, Eastman-Grossel is now looking forward to returning to both the classroom and track for her Junior year at LOLHS.