Tess Stapleton earned gold at this past weekend’s 2017 USATF Hershey National Youth Indoor Championships at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex on Staten Island (N.Y.).
Stapleton, a Southport resident and eighth grader at Roger Ludlowe Middle School, bested a field of long jumpers to be crowned this year’s Age 13-14 National champion.
Her gold medal jump of 5.27 meters (or 17′ 3″) was also her personal record.
Stapleton, representing Heads Up Running Track Club of Fairfield County, has been training for this day for years.
In addition to her success in long jump, she finished seventh in the nation in her age group in the high jump, matching a career best 4’11”.
“Tess is a very dedicated and gifted athlete,” HUR coach Justin Tomczyk said. “She works extremely hard and it shows in the results. Tess is humbled by the fact that among thousands of jumpers in her age group participating across the United States, she has proven to be one of the elite.”
Next up for Stapleton is competing for her middle school track team as a jumper and a sprinter.