Bushling dashes to summertime success

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By Ray Conner

Jayda Bushling is running wild this summer as she competed to advance from the USA Track and Field (USATF) meet. 

After a very successful high school season, Bushling is now furthering her athletic prowess competing during the summer. During the school year, Bushling advanced as far as the CIF Central Section Masters Championships in three events. She would compete in the 100m, the 200m, and the triple jump. She would finish 11th, 13th, and 18th respectively at the Masters.

This summer, she competed in three races at the USTAF Meet. Her times for each race put her in the top spot in the 100m, the 200m, and the 400m races. She would drop the triple jump and take on the 400m. Her hope is to eventually make it to the Junior Olympics at the end of July.

Bushling traveled to Clovis High School to take part in the 2024 USATF Central California Association Championships. She would prove to have the fortitude to continue toward her goal. She was timed at 12.58 in the 100m race. She followed that with a time of 27.21 in the 200m race. Bushling then ran a personal record (PR) in the 400m race. She was timed at 1:01.97.

With these three races behind her, she will now set her sights on the USATF Region 14 Junior Olympic Championships in the Bay Area July 5-7. Bushling will have to place in the top five of each event to advance to the USATF National Junior Olympic Championships in Texas July 22-28.