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By Nick Schrager
Brooks Divine finished 23rd in his age division in the National Junior Olympics in Greensboro, N.C. on July 22-23.
According to him, the result was a little disappointing as he had around the same score as he did last year, but his placing was not as good. In fact, he was just 40 points shy of topping Daniel Bruton, who placed 22. In order to have placed first, Divine would have needed an additional 2,092 points.
“The competition was extremely fierce,” Divine said.
For the decathlon, competitors must work against themselves in order to score points in each event. The better one does in an event, the higher his score is. In the end, all of the points are totaled up.
One obstacle he faced was a sprained ankle that affected his performance in three events.
In total, he went up against 40 other athletes in his division, and that number was narrowed from over 1,000 who competed in regionals across the country.
“I couldn’t have gotten there without my family, my coaching staff, and the community support,” Divine said.
On July 10-11, Divine and his younger brother, Ty, competed in the Region 5 USA Track & Field Junior Olympics in Olivet, Mich. Ty placed fifth in his division while Divine placed second in the decathlon, which guaranteed him the trip to North Carolina.
During the drive down to Greensboro, Brooks said he knew he had to bring his best game on to compete.
He said the competition gets harder and harder every year, and while this moment was slightly bittersweet, Divine said he is looking forward to college in the fall.
“I can’t wait for collegiate sports,” he said.