CMS Student Voyages to Texas for Junior Olympics Competition

Colchester Middle School seventh grader Myla Jacobs has recently returned from competing in the 2013 USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships in San Antonio, Texas.

CMS's Myla Jacobs in San Antonio, Texas

CMS’s Myla Jacobs in San Antonio, Texas

Qualifying for the Texas championships was no small feat. Myla began her running days with Girls on the Run while at Malletts Bay School and later joined CMS’s cross country team. While taking first place in the 2013 Chittenden County Cross Country Championships on October 15, she caught the attention of a running shoe representative who approached Myla’s coach, Cheryl Aley, to discuss Myla’s participation in the USATF New England Junior Olympic Championships in Smithfield, Rhode Island, on November 17, which included runners from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.


Placing thirteenth in the Rhode Island event qualified Myla for the USATF Region I Championships in Poughkeepsie, New York, on November 23; she was the only Vermont girl to do so.

Myla is runner #1279 in the New York race

Myla is runner #1279 in the New York race

Myla’s competition in the Poughkeepsie event—in which she placed fourteenth, thus qualifying her for the nationals—consisted of qualifying athletes from Connecticut, New York, Maine, and the New England Championships. She was the only Vermont athlete who qualified for nationals!

At the 4K race in San Antonio, Myla finished ninety-fourth out of 377 runners, placing her squarely in the top 25 percent!

Myla in the Texas event

Myla in the Texas event

Please click here to view an interview with CMS’s Junior Olympian!

Congratulations, and well done, Myla!

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