Jahnelle Saunders of Bethel High School earns state track titles
Jahnelle Saunders, a recent graduate of Bethel High School (BHS), recently earned state championships in several track and field events.
Saunders accounted for 35 of the 36 points for the Lady Bruins at the VHSL Class 5 State Championship. She won the high jump (5'4"), long jump (19'6"), 100 meter hurdles (14.18), and placed 4th in the shot put (35'01.5"). She had a valiant effort in the 300 meter hurdles but fell short to a 9th place finish after a long day that took a toll on a foot injury she had been nursing.
Saunders has been named the Peninsula Sports Club's Most Valuable Female Player for Track & Field and will compete in the Junior Olympics in Houston, Texas in early August. This Honors graduate will be attending Hampton University in the fall on a full athletic scholarship.
“Jahnelle is one of the most talented athletes I've ever worked with,” said Nanette Solomon-Gaines, BHS track coach. “She has the potential to be such a superstar. The world of track & field has yet to witness her true stardom and I know one day we will see her on the big stage as an Olympian. On behalf of the coaching staff, we wish her the best of luck in all of her future endeavors.”