Last month, rising eighth grader Kira Bardin won the silver medal in the U15 (under 15) division and became the national champion of the U15 mixed relay at the USA Modern Pentathlon National Championship, held in Roswell, N.M. Her performance also qualified her for the USA Modern Pentathlon Olympic Development program. Bardin qualified for the national event after a decisive win at the Wolfpack Regional Pentathlon.
Pentathlon combines swimming, fencing, horse jumping and laser-run (in which competitors run laps and shoot targets with laser pistols) into a single event, and has been an Olympic sport since 1912. Bardin will compete in the U17 division next year and hopes to join the USA Modern Pentathlon Junior World Team and eventually compete at the 2026 Summer Youth Olympics in Senegal.