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Durban Avenue School Student Named Junior Olympic Athlete of the Year

Connor Cooper, 10, was named 2013 Junior Olympic Athlete of the Year for his age at a banquet last weekend.

Connor Cooper, recipient of the 2013 Junior Olympic Athlete of the Year Boys 9/10 Jump award. (Photo/Sandi King)
Connor Cooper, recipient of the 2013 Junior Olympic Athlete of the Year Boys 9/10 Jump award. (Photo/Sandi King)
Connor Cooper, a 10-year-old Durban Avenue School student, was recently chosen as the recipient of the 2013 Junior Olympic Athlete of the Year Boys 9/10 Jump award. 

The award was bestowed on Connor by the Youth Athletics Committee of 
USA Track & Field New Jersey (USATF-NJ) at a banquet held last Saturday at the Pines Manor in Edison.

In determining the final winners, the Junior Olympic Athletes of the Year were selected by comparing their performances to Association standards; all athletes that met the standard are automatically considered for the award. The committee also looked at regional and national results and what they call the 'Body of Work' in coming to their decisions.

Connor had a strong 2013 Indoor and Outdoor season: He was ranked third in the country at the Indoor National Championship, and for the Outdoor season, Connor was first in the state of NJ, fifth in the region, and 27th nationally in the long jump at the USATF Junior Olympics held in Ypsilanti, Mich.

In 2014, Connor will move up to the age 11-12 category. In addition to his other athletic endeavors, he runs with the Morris County Track Club (MCTC). 
Emily January 22, 2014 at 02:41 PM
Congradulations Connor!!!!! Keep up the good work.
Eyeballs January 22, 2014 at 04:54 PM
yes... "congratulations"...
Lisa Venezia Giannotti January 22, 2014 at 05:08 PM
Awesome job, congratulations!!
Frank forkman January 22, 2014 at 05:23 PM
AWESOME ! Would love to see the Distances Young Man ! Note to Others : Top Secret : He lives where ? What town ? HOPATCONG ! OUCH , I May Have hurt others to know GOOD things DO Happen in Hopatcong !
Rich Smith January 22, 2014 at 08:11 PM
Congratulations to Connor, great job!! Our town is proud of you.
Clay Thomas January 22, 2014 at 08:19 PM
Great going, you deserve the honor!
Tammy January 22, 2014 at 09:47 PM
Congratulations Connor--Hopatcong is proud of you!!!!!
ocean111 January 23, 2014 at 06:23 AM
Great job Connor, I know it takes hard work and a lot of practice
Afro Maniac January 23, 2014 at 09:41 AM
Test him I heard he was with A-rod the week before . JK congrats I know him he is a great all around athlete .

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