AAU Cross Country Nationals

National Qualifier Shirts

To celebrate our National Qualifiers, we’re offering a special commemorative t-shirt with their names on the back!

Nationals Shirts

Deadline to order is 10pm on Monday, July 14th.

ALL shirts must be ordered via our online form, whether they are paid for by the club or the family.

We have mens/boys crew neck t-shirts as well as ladies/girls V-Neck style. The club will pay for each of our qualifying athlete’s shirts; other shirts ordered are the responsibility of the family. Cost is $11 each with an additional charge of $1.50 for XXL and $2.50 for XXXL. Checks should be made payable to Johnson County Comets.

Shirts will be distributed at the end of season picnic following the July 23rd 6:30pm practice at MVHS. If athlete won’t be at the end of season picnic, please make arrangements with Chris for pick up.

2014 End of Season Celebration

Our end of season celebration will be during the Mill Valley High School practice on Wednesday, July 23. We’ll start with practice at 6:30, followed by a BBQ picnic! We’ll recognize the athletes for their fantastic year and wish “Good luck!” to the athletes headed to Des Moines. The club will supply the meat (brisket and hot dogs) as well as buns, condiments and bottles of water. Each family is requested to bring the following items:
Primary (8 & U) – additional kid-friendly drinks like Capri Sun, soda or Gatorade
Bantam (9 & 10) – chips & dip
Midget (11 & 12) – side salad
Youth (13 & 14) – dessert
Intermediate (15 & 16) – side salad or dessert
Young Adult (17 & 18) – chips & dip

2014 National Qualifier Athletes

Congratulations to our 2014 AAU Junior Olympic Games Qualifying Athletes!

This year, the Comets had 79 athletes qualify for the AAU Junior Olympic Games. We are all so very proud of these young men and women!

Boys – 8U
Brock Olsen 800m, 1500m
Gabriel Heck Javelin
Jamie Kneebone 400m
John Loparco 800m
Timothy Chartier Long Jump
Girls – 9
Bella Lott 800m, 1500m, 4x400m
Camryn Penn 100m, 200m, Long Jump
Kali Lester 400m
Maggie Boley 800m, 1500m, 4x400m
Sarah Perrea 400m, 800m, 4x400m
Boys – 9
Carson Guenthner 400m, 800m, 1500m
Joseph Ouellette Long Jump, Shot Put
Rex Lyle 800m, 1500m, 4x400m
Girls – 10
Madeline Karnei Long Jump, 4x400m
Olivia Schnick Long Jump, 4x400m
Boys – 10
Cameron Long 4x400m
Eli Moore 800m, 4x400m
Gavin Wareham Shot Put
Henry Martin 800m, 4x400m
Jacob Kreeger 4x400m
Matthew Perrea Javelin
Tristan Torres 1500m
Girls – 11
Aina Lewis Discus
Elayna Robinson 800m, 1500m, 4x800m
Emma Vielhauer 1500m, 4x800m
Jalyn Stevenson Long Jump, 4x100m
Lauren Heck High Jump, Long Jump, 80m Hurdles, Pentathlon
Mallory Boden 1500m, 3000m
Boys – 11
Luke Olsen 3000m
Owen Sovereign 800m, 1500m, 3000m
Raef Schaffer 4x400m
Ryan Phillips High Jump, 4x400m
William Ouellette High Jump, Javelin
Girls – 12
Annie Donovan 80m Hurdles, 4x100m
Claire Cox 4x400m, 4x800m
Grace Kreeger 4x100m, 4x800m
Kaitlin Torres 4x400m
Katie Moore 100m, 200m, 400m
Kennedy Taylor 4x400m
Mackenzie Leisten 4x100m, 4x400m
Mary O’Connor 1500m, 3000m, 4x800m
Molly Higgins 4x100m
Sydney Rice 4x400m
Boys – 12
Cole Sample Shot Put, Discus, Javelin
Dutch Platt High Jump, 4x400m
Grant Gaston Discus
Jack Lott 400m, 800m, 1500m
Matthew Tate High Jump
Thomas Babcock Shot Put, Discus, Javelin
Travis Babcock Discus
Trevor Bolden Javelin, 4x400m
Girls – 13
Anna Martin 800m, 3000m, 4x800m
Keme Platt Discus, Javelin
Lily Strauss 1500m, 4x800m
Macy Thomas High Jump, Pentathlon
Olivia Sovereign 800m, 1500m, 3000m, 4x800m
Boys – 13
Brandon Cooper 100m
Daniel Bohnemann 800m, 1500m, 3000m
Gabe Smith High Jump, 200m Hurdles
Graham Hudelson High Jump, Long Jump
Jacob Lester High Jump
Keegan Staats 1500m
Sam Hubert 3000m
Girls – 14
Abigail Phillips Pole Vault
Erin Miller High Jump
Janelle Augustine 1500m, 4x800m
Katherine Cox 800m, 1500m, 3000m, 4x800m
Boys – 14
Devlin Specht Long Jump, Triple Jump, Pole Vault, Javelin
Sam Schudy Pentathlon
Tyler Coad 1500m, 3000m
Girls – 15&16
Megan Eckman High Jump
Morgan Thomas Triple Jump, Javelin
Boys – 15&16
Dylan Brenneman 2000m Steeplechase, 3000m
Jamir Phillips 100m
Girls – 17&18
Lara Spaulding High Jump, Triple Jump
Boys – 17&18
Cody Deas Decathlon
David Ballew 2000m Steeplechase, 3000m
James Atwood High Jump
Theodore Gillespie 2000m Steeplechase

Junior Olympics Information

Congrats to all the Johnson County Comets that qualified for the AAU Junior Olympics!!

JrOlympicsPlease check the Joplin Results to see if your athlete qualified: Boys | Girls

Please note that the top EIGHT (8) from field events are qualified (previously announced as top 5).  This includes all non-running events: discus, shot put, javelin, turbo javelin, high jump, long jump, triple jump and pole vault. (Running events were already announced at Top 8 and that has not changed.)

Official Junior Olympics Details

Online registration for Comets athletes only: http://bit.ly/CometsNatls2014. Please note that these registrations need to be made by Monday, July 14 so Chris can get them entered correctly.

Official Meet flyer

Official Meet Website

Additional Details (Important! Please read!!):


Please use the Comets online form link above by midnight on July 14. Fees are $45/child, regardless of the number of events. This meet is NOT covered as part of club fees. The club will register and pay for all athletes together, but parents need to make a check out to Johnson County Comets as soon as possible.


highly recommend getting your room NOW – several hotels are already booked! Get the official AAU hotel list here: http://aaujrogames.org/EventInfo/Hotels.aspx. AAU ahs already reserved blocks of rooms at these hotels, so even if you try to book at your own and can’t get in…chances are you can via this avenue.

Packet pick-up:

Each family / athlete is responsible for their OWN packet. It is preferred packets be picked up at least one day ahead to sort through any issues and make sure athletes aren’t delayed in getting to the meet. Packets are picked up at the Knapp Center located right next to the track (see the guide/website for additional information).


Athletes need to have their wrist bands on prior to entering the gate to get in free or they will be charged as spectators. Athletes must keep their wrist bands on at all times! Daily admission for spectators is $12 or a multi-day pass can be purchased for $40.4.


Shots and discs are provided by the meet officials, but athletes can bring their own if they prefer to (of course they will need to be weighed). Athletes need to bring their own javelins.

Warm-up/heating tent:

Athletes will be provided an area for warm-up and parents/coaches are allowed in that area. Once called into the heating tent, coaches and parents are not permitted into the area under any circumstance.

Holding Area:

After an athlete competes, they will be held in a holding area until all athletes in their event’s age group are finished. They will then pull the top eight to present awards and release everyone else to a parent or coach. Athletes are not allowed to leave until a parent or coach comes to retrieve them.

Celebration of athletes:

On Monday evening they hold a small “opening ceremony” for the track meet. It’s not a huge event, but if you are in Des Moines it’s something the kids have enjoyed seeing in the past.

JCCC Summer Track and Field Camps 2014

Speed Development


  • Designed to have fun, while learning motor skills necessary to make your athlete faster, more agile and efficient on the athletic field.
  • Improve form, technique, and limb coordination for all levels of athlete.
  • Sport-specific drills to increase quickness, top-end speed, power, reaction time, agility, form, and efficiency for all sports.

Track and Field

  • Designed to introduce young athletes to the sport of track and field. No prior experience in track and field is necessary
  • Have fun while learning track and field events: sprinting, high jump, long jump, shot put, turbo-javelin, and relays.
  • On the final day of camp students can show off their newly-learned skills by participating in a pentathlon.
  • All students earn a medal upon completion of the pentathlon.

Camp Details

Speed Development

(CRN #51256): Monday – Thursday, July 14-17, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m., $85

Track and Field

(CRN #51254) Monday – Thursday, July 7-10 8:30 am – 3:30 p.m., $165 Lunch Included


Participants meet at JCCC fieldhouse 12345 College Blvd, GYM building. After meeting in the fieldhouse, campers will participate on the JCCC outdoor track. In case of inclement weather or extreme heat, camp will be held inside the JCCC fieldhouse.

How do I sign up?

Online at jccc.edu/ce, or by phone by calling 913-469-2323. Reference the CRN number listed with each camp session.


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