by: submitted photo, ON TO NATIONALS — Ben White of Tigard has qualified to run at the Hersheys North American Final Meet.

Ben White of Tigard qualified for the Hersheys North American Final Meet youth track and field competition that will be held in Hershey, Penn., on Aug. 5.

White qualified for the event in the 400-meter run.

White triumphed in the 400 at both the local Portland Hersheys meet and the Oregon State Final meet in order to qualify.

White competes in the ages 9-10 boys division and ran the 400 in a time of 1 minute, 9.5 seconds.

White will be a fifth-grader at Mary Woodward in Tigard this fall where he is a Student Ambassador.

In addition to track and field, Ben plays competitive soccer, basketball, and baseball. This program is sponsored by the Hersheys Company and features over 500 of the best young track and field athletes in North America.

The North American final meet will be held on Aug. 5 in Hershey, Penn., at the Henry Hershey Field on the campus of Milton Hershey School. He will receive an all expense paid trip to compete from Hersheys.

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