Garrett Smith of Belsano, near Ebensburg, has earned a spot in this year's Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA amateur National Motocross Championship that will take place beginning Sunday at Loretta Lynn's Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn.
The AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship is the world's largest amateur motocross race. Hosted annually since 1982 at Lynn's ranch, the national championship has served as the launch pad of virtually every top American motocross and supercross rider.
In 2012 there were more than 29,000 attempts to qualify in the select 36 classes for the 1,410 available starting positions at the national final. Most of today's top motocross and supercross stars won an AMA title before graduating to the professional ranks.
Smith will be riding a pair of Honda CRF bikes in the 250B limited and 450B classes and will be competing against the top 42 regional riders in each of his classes.
His main sponsor is Steve Seltzer Powersports of Altoona. Throughout the year, the team at Seltzer's, including service manager John Vyborny, lead tech Dalton Dietz and parts manager Bob Todd have all worked with Smith.
Smith, 18, is a 2014 graduate of Blacklick Valley High School.
Other sponsors include MSR Suspension of Pittsburgh, Cernics Racing of Johnstown, Leatt Brace, 100% goggles, One Industries, Yosh Exhaust, Protaper and MSR Hard Parts and Dunlop Tire and Twin Air Filters.
UNIVERSITY PARK - A total of 15 Nittany Lion track and field athletes - including Altoona's Aaron Nadolsky - have earned All-Academic recognition from the United States Track and Field/Cross Country Assocation (USTFCCCA). The Penn State women's squad also earned All-Academic team honors, earning a cumulative GPA of 3.32.
This is the 11th consecutive year the women's team has earned the distinction. To be eligible, a team must reach at least a 3.00 cumulative team GPA.
On the men's side, Robby Creese, Cole Proffitt, Rob Cardina, Ryan Brennan, Bernard Bennett-Green and Matthew Fischer earned All-Academic status along with Nadolsky.
Eight members of the women's team earned the honor, including Emily Giannotti, Leigha Anderson, Tal Ben-Artzi, Shelley Black, Abigail Benson, Lauren Kenney, Lexi Masterson and Marta Klebe.
To qualify as an All-Academic individual, student-athletes must complete the academic year with a GPA of at least 3.25 and have finished the indoor regular season ranked nationally among the top 96 (individually) or 48 (relay) or have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships.
Benefit race on tap
DILLTOWN - A benefit 7K trail race and 2-mile fun walk/run will be held in Indiana County at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 9.
The start and finish lines will be held in Dilltown Route 403, 1 mile north of Route 22.
All proceeds from the 20th annual race will go to the Indiana County Parks rail trail maintenance and beautification. Last year, 180 people participated.
All 2-mile finishers will receive a commerative stainless steel coaster with the 20th anniversary logo along with a T- shirt and ice cream after the race.
Runners who place in the competitive 7K race receive metal railroad spikes painted gold, bronze or silver.
Interested persons can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 412-613-1167. Race applications can be obtained online at IRRC.com.
Isaiah Spade plays for Burgmeier's Hauling in the Altoona Teener Minor League. His name was misspelled in the Mirror sports section.