DUNWOODY, Ga. — Stephen Campana won the discus championship at the 2019 USA Track and Field Region 4 Junior Olympic Outdoor Championships held over the July 4 weekend at Winthrop University, Rock Hill, S.C.
Campana, a rising junior at Chamblee Charter High School, competes on the school’s track and field team and is a thrower for the Rockslingers Track Association team.
“Campana has been throwing for a short time but has been making such great progress,” said Joe Profit, a coach from Rockslingers Track Association. “He really seems to love throwing the discus, but he’s competitive in shot put as well. He’s one of the hardest working athletes that I know. I knew that he was going to compete well this season.”
The USA Track and Field Junior Olympic outdoor season has three stages. The first is the State Association which takes the top eight athletes from each event to one of 16 regional championships.
The top five athletes from each region advance to the 2019 USA Track and Field Junior Olympic National Championships in Sacramento, Calif.
Campana is forgoing this year’s national championships to compete in the Georgia Games at McEachern High School this week.
Athletes who place in the top three in each event will advance to the National Congress of State Games of America 2019 in Lynchburg, Virginia.
Campana is looking forward to an indoor track and field season as well as the 2020 high school track and field season. He wants to break his school record in the discus and get on the medal stand at the Georgia High School State Championships, he said.