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MARBLE FALLS — This summer is shaping up as one of the best for Highland Lakes track-and-field athletes.

In August, Marble Falls High School graduate and former Granite Shoals resident Leonel Manzano represents the United States in the London 2012 Summer Olympics. But he’s not the only one who is racing around the track from the area.

Five local youth are advancing to national track-and-field competitions in July and August.

PHOTO 1: Highland Lakes Track Club athletes Cole Woodrun (left), Brock Foster and Sophie McCannon competed in the USATF Region 23 Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships July 3-12 at Texas Tech University. Foster and McCannon earned spots at the national championships in Baltimore July 23-29. Courtesy photos

PHOTO 2: Highland Lakes athlete Sarah Lewis earned a spot in the Amateur Athletic Union Junior Olympic Games on July 30-Aug. 4 in Humble. She’ll compete in the 400-meter hurdles and 4×400 relay. She finished fifth in the 400-meter hurdles during the AAU national qualifier in Converse on June 28-30.

PHOTO 3: Highland Lakes Track Club coach Steve McCannon (left) and daughter Sophie McCannon attended the USATF Region 23 Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships at Texas Tech University in Lubbock on July 3-12. At the event, Sophie McCannon earned fourth in her age group’s 1,500-meter and 3,000-meter races to qualify for the national championships July 23-29 in Baltimore.