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Posted April 22, 2013

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Los Ranchos Jump Rope Team Qualifies for National Competition

Nine members of the Rope n' Roadrunners qualified for the Junior Olympics, and four members qualified to compete at the national championships.

The Los Ranchos jump rope team competed in two regional competitions recently, coming hope with 144 ribbons and medals and qualifying for national competitions.

The first competition was on April 6 in Littleton, Colo., where nine of the Los Ranchos Rope n’ Roadrunners won a combined 94 medals and ribbons. These nine students all qualified to go to the 2013 Junior Olympics in Detroit, Mich., on July 25. They are Havanna Sandoval, Maria Payan, Natalie Castillo, Miquela Peralta, Tahni Lazyboy, Destiny Naverrette, Marisa Linert, Ambrosia Podroncelli and Kaden Garcia.

Natalie, Miquela, Tahni and Destiny then traveled to Boulder, Colo., on April 13, to compete in the USA Regional Championships. They won a combined 40 out of possible 45 ribbons, qualifying them for the USA National Championship in Long Beach, Calif., on June 19.

The team will be busy over the next few months not only preparing for the national competitions but also fundraising. Coach Todd Aldrich, a PE teacher at Los Ranchos, said the registration fees alone are about $1,600 and the cost of travel and hotel is estimated at another $4,500. The team is looking for sponsors and donors. Anyone interested in supporting the team can contact Coach Aldrich at aldrich_t@aps.edu.

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