Running runs in Stalnecker family
When most students were enjoying the rest and relaxation of summer, Chapel Hill's Jaedyn and Baeliy Stalnecker were running distance races in the Junior Olympics at Humble, Texas.
The Stalneckers are west coast transplants from Los Angeles, California, moving to Marshall County where Jaedyn Stalnecker is a sixth-grader at Delk-Henson Intermediate School and Baeliy Stalnecker is in first grade at CHES.
First after first
The sisters took the local running scene by storm, placing first in their age divisions for each state park meet they ran last fall. Jaedyn finished fifth in the Tennessee State Elementary and Middle School Cross Country Championships at Knoxville.
During the summer, Jaedyn and Baeliy participated with the Wings of Skill track club to medal in the 800m, 1500m, 3000m and long jump at the AAU Southeastern District Qualifier at Thompson Station.
The great finishes sent the duo to Knoxville where they participated in the state qualifying meet.
Baeliy finished eighth in the 800m and fifth in the 1500m for her age group, while Jaedyn finished third in the 1500m and second in the 3000m.
At the 2016 AAU National Club Championships in Orlando, Florida the Stalneckers continued their great running as Bailey finished 20th in the 800m, 13th in the 1500m and 11th in the long jump.
Jaedyn finished 16th in the 1500m and earned her first national medal by finishing eighth in the 3000m.
At the AAU Junior Olympic Games held at Humble, both girls shined with Bailey finishing 39th in the 1500m and Jaedyn finishing 40th in the 1500m and 18th in the 3000m in her age group.
Their motto is Philippians 4:13 which states "I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me."
Don't let their sweet smiles fool you, when on the track they are fierce competitors. As they watch with excitement the summer 2016 Rio Olympic Games, with hard work and determination, we might see these two girls representing the USA one day in the near future.