Diamond Pace of Danville won a national track and field championship Friday at the AAU Junior Olympic Games in Knoxville, Tenn.
Pace won the girls triple jump in the sub-youth division, beating 16 other competitors in the field of 12- and 13-year-olds.
Her winning jump of 34 feet, 5 inches was one half-inch better than runner-up Shantel Swift of San Antonio.
"It was really fun, and it wasn't too hard because I didn't really get my best jump," Pace said. "It wasn't as tough as the state (high school) meet, really, because I was just competing against people my age. It wasn't that nerve-wracking."
Pace, an eighth-grader at Bate Middle School, finished second in the Class A triple jump at the state high school meet at 35-1 1/2 for Danville High School.