Local athletes excel at USA Roller Sports regional
Courtney Richardson, Corey Kolibaba, Russell Jones and Alexander Hess get it done
Local athletes won four individual titles at the USA Roller Sports Northwest Regional Artistic Championships, and seven local skaters qualified for nationals through top five regional finishes.
Clackamas 18-year-old Courtney Richardson earned gold in senior solo dance and Milwaukie 16-year-old Corey Kolibaba earned gold in freshmen/sophomore B mens figures.
Russell Jones of Milwaukie placed first in Golden A mens figures, and Milwaukie 4-year-old Alexander Hess earned first place in juvenile C boys figures.
Kolibaba also earned runner-up honors in freshmen/sophomore A mens figures. Jones was runner up in both novice B mens figures and in masters A mens solo dance; Hess placed third in primary boys freestyle skating.
Caitlin Richardson was one busy girl. The Clackamas 12-year-old placed in 10 events. She teamed up with Happy Valley 14-year-old Adelaide Holenstein to lead the Oaks junior precision team to a gold medal.
Caitlin Richardson earned runner-up honors in four events elementary B girls figures/loops combined, elementary A solo dance, international solo freestyle dance and international youth solo dance/freestyle dance combined.
Caitlin also placed third in international youth solo dance; and fourth in elementary B girls loops, elementary B girls figures, elementary A girls figures and elementary A girls figures/loops combined.
Holenstein qualified for nationals in three individual events, placing third in freshmen/sophomore B solo dance, fourth in freshmen/sophomore figures/loops combined and fifth in freshmen/sophomore B womens figures.
Milwaukie 14-year-old Jordan Hess made national qualifying in four events, earning runner-up honors in freshmen A solo dance, placing third in international solo freestyle dance and in international youth solo dance/freestyle dance combined, and placing fourth in international youth solo dance.
The USA Roller Sports Artistic National Championships run July 21 through Aug. 4 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.