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Three RTHS athletes competing at AAU Olympic Games in Iowa

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(Left to right) Mercedes Porter, George Washington and Charles Cargo with coach Harbert Jones are competing in the AAU Junior Olympics. Rantoul Township High School track and field athletes Mercedes Porter, George Washington and Charles Cargo performed well enough at the AAU Region 13 meet at Northern Illinois University at the end of June to qualify for this week’s AAU Junior Olympic Games at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Washington placed first in the long jump boys 17-18 division with a jump of 21 feet, 7 inches. Cargo placed third in the boys 17-18 division decathlon, a 10-event competition over two days, with a point total of 4,956. Porter placed fourth in the triple jump in the girls 17-18 division with a jump of 33 feet, 7 inches. The Junior Olympic Games began July 26 and will conclude Aug. 2.

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