King McNack, who is going into the fourth grade at Peralta Elementary School in Jurupa Valley, has qualified to compete in the long jump event at the National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships to be held July 25-31 in Sacramento.
King, 9, is in the Gifted and Talented Education program at Peralta Elementary and enjoys playing football and basketball, but this is his first year competing in track and field, according to an email from his family.
After the 2021-22 youth football season ended, his mother, Briana Gentry, enrolled him in track and field with One Nation Track Club in Rancho Cucamonga to keep him in shape for the next football season. He competed in the 100m, 200m, 400m, 4x100m relays and long jump events and did especially well in long jump.
His personal best record in long jump was 13 feet, 11 inches, at the Pasadena Running Roses Invitational, according to his family.
In the USATF Region 15 Junior Olympic Championship event, King placed third with a jump of 13 feet, 10.5 inches, qualifying him for the National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships.