You may have heard the name Flaker before, and expect to hear it even more in the coming years as incoming Scarborough High School Emerson Flaker is just getting started.
Flaker traveled to Jacksonville Florida to compete at the USATF National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships in the pentathlon. The competition took place on Monday, July 26th across five events (100m hurdles, shot put, long jump, high jump, and 800m).
She opened her pentathlon clocking 16.20 for the 100m hurdles good for fifth-best overall in the field of twenty-eight athletes. Her effort garnered her 690 points. She added a personal best in the shot put in the next event with a toss of 9.33m (30-7 1/2) to finish fifth overall adding 486 points to her total. Next up was the high jump where Flaker cleared 1.40m (4-7) the fourth-best jump on the day adding 512 points which brought her total through three events to 1688 points and fourth place in the overall standings. The fourth event of the pentathlon was the long jump where Emerson leaped 4.83m (15-10 1/4) which equaled the best jump in the competition and was worth 514 points. Heading to the final event Flaker was in second place with 2202 points.
Entering the final event done just 60 points Flaker used her incredible range to finish second in the 800m in a time of 2:27.15 to earn 729 points. The effort was good enough to place first overall by 327 points.
Emerson who has been competing for the Scarborough Rec program this summer has the fastest times in the state this summer in the 100m (12.90), 200m (26.76), 400m (58.29), 800m (2:24.64), 100m hurdles (15.90), long jump (16-8), high jump (4-8).
Flaker is the younger sister of former Scarborough High School standout Jarret and current Red Storm senior Jayden.