Mashpee Athlete Hayden Kilpatrick Qualifies For Junior Olympics
By: RICH MACLONE, July 18, 2014
Mashpee resident Hayden Kilpatrick is headed to Texas to run after a medal in the National Junior Olympics. Kilpatrick, who will be a senior at Tabor Academy in the fall, qualified for the National Junior Olympics Track and Field Championships, which will be held next week at Turner Stadium in Humble, Texas, which is a part of the Houston metro area.
“Just qualifying is pretty humbling, but I have a lot of work to do,” Kilpatrick said. “I’m glad that I made it, but I’m going against the big kids now...but, any given day you can have a great race, and I’m going to try to go out and have a great race.”
Kilpatrick earned his spot at the championships by placing fifth at the 2014 Region 1 Junior Olympics Championships at Fitchburg State University earlier this month. After taking sixth in the qualifying heats, he just earned his way in by taking fifth overall with a time of 15.32 seconds in the 110m hurdles. He had run 15.72 seconds in the qualifying heats.
In June, at the New England Junior Olympic Championships, the Mashpee native was second overall. He ran a time of 14.84 seconds, which put him into the region 1 meet.
He also attempted to qualify for the JO championships in the decathlon. The top two finishers moved on, and he finished third overall, out of six finalists. He scored 5,000 points to finish third.
Kilpatrick also runs track at Tabor in the spring, where he hurdles at 110 meters and 300m, and participates in the decathlon. He is the captain of the football team there, and has also participated in wrestling at 170 pounds.
Currently the Kilpatrick family is raising funds for the trip to Texas.