KANELAND—Kaneland High School track standout Nate Dyer may not have won a first this past weekend in Baltimore, but he can still consider himself part of the upper-upper echelon.
The lineman and thrower traveled to Morgan State University to compete in the 2012 USATF National Junior Olympics this past Thursday through Saturday, and did his part in three events.
Dyer placed 11th overall in the hammer throw out of 27 participants, beating his personal best by 16 feet. Dyer had previously set the state record at the State Junior Olympics in Kankakee, Ill., by 19 feet.
Dyer placed 12th in the discus out of 32 athletes, and placed 11th in the shot put out of 50 kids.
This was the second occasion that Dyer went to the National stage, having last been there in 2010.
Dyer was able to qualify for the Morgan State gathering with his output at the Regional Junior Olympics in Franklin, Ind., in early July. The junior achieved first places in both the hammer throw and shot put, and second places in the discus and javelin.