The Illinois State Taekwondo Championships were held at McCormick Place in Chicago. Oak Park's Flying V had a very impressive showing that resulted in 9 Gold, 7 Silver and 8 Bronze Medals at this year's state championships on March 8.
Former national champion Aaron Soriano took home Gold in the 12-14 Black Belt division and looks to be a strong contender to win another National title in 2014. Autumn Tully, Jasmine Rodriguez and Samantha Duwe won Gold, Silver and Bronze, respectively, in the 10-11 Green Belt division.
Other Flying V medal winners that have qualified to compete at the 2014 National Championships in San Jose, California include: Christopher Tran, Chandler Torres, Tamara Valdez, Samin Rodoncic, Mariella Valdez, Saniha Rodoncic, Amy Funck, Victoria Carrillo, Carissa Westman, Alyssa Soriano, Laura Cossi, Tailynn Valdez and quarterfinalist Ava D'Costa.
(Information provided courtesy of Patrick Tully)