Zach Grace takes runner-up in discus at AAU nationals

Zach Grace poses with his medal after placing second in the discus throw at the AAU Junior Olympic Games July 27 to Aug. 3 in Greensboro, North Carolina. Grace, a freshman-to-be is set to transfer into the Kearney school district due to a family move after being lined up to attend Liberty North High School in the 2019-20 school year.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Zach Grace posted a runner-up finish in the discus throw at the AAU Junior Olympic Games July 27 to Aug. 3.

Grace, the top-ranked discus throwing eighth-grader in Missouri last school year, used a 164-7 mark to place second for the KC FIRE Track Club. Shinobu Hawk of Yorktown, Virginia, won the event with a 167-4 mark.

This was Grace’s best finish at the AAU Junior Olympics. He finished sixth in 2017 and 10th in 2018. He had the No. 1 discus throw in Missouri last year at 144-4.

Grace previously lived in Liberty, and was listed as a Liberty resident for the AAU meet, but his father, Dave Grace, said the family has moved to Kearney and Zach will attend Kearney High School this fall. He was due to attend Liberty North prior to the change.

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