The United States Lifesaving Association National Lifeguard Championships began Wednesday in Cape May with the Junior Championships.

Future lifeguards ages 9 to 17 competed in eight events in four age categories.

Two competitors from South Jersey won titles. Matthew McHale took first in the Boys A Beach Run, while Eddie Cohen won the Boys B Beach Flags competition.

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Here are the first-place winners from Wednesday:

BEACH RUN

Boys AA Group (ages 16-17, 2km distance run)

1. Connor Katzmark - City of Pompano Beach, Fla.

Girls AA Group (ages 16-17, 2km distance run)

1. Amanda Ford - Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Boys A group (ages 14-15, 2km distance run)

1. Matthew McHale - South Jersey, N.J.

Girls A Group (ages 14-15, 2km distance run)

1. Paige Duca - Hampton Lifeguard Association, N.Y.

Boys B Group (ages 12-13, 1.5km distance run)

1. Ben Bamforth - Sussex County, Del.

2. Eddie Cohen - South Jersey, N.J.

Girls B Group (ages 12-13, 1.5 km distance run)

1. Sarah Brennan - Monmouth County Chapter, N.J.

Boys C Group (ages 9-11, 1km distance run)

1. Patrick Kain - Long Beach, N.Y.

Girls C Group (ages 9-11, 1km distance run)

1. Madelyn Kopec - Monmouth County Chapter, N.J.

SURF RACE

Boys AA Group (ages 16-17)

1. Clayton Adkins - City of Pompano Beach, Fla.

Girls AA Group (ages 16-17)

1. Amanda Ford - Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Boys A group (ages 14-15)

1. Joseph Skimmons - Monmouth County Chapter, N.J.

Girls A group (ages 14-15)

1. Kathryn Mannle - Long Beach, N.Y.

Boys B Group (ages 12-13)

1. Nathan Yos - Los Angeles County Lakes Lifeguard Association, Calif.

Girls B Group (ages 12-13)

1. Sierra Koehler - Jones Beach, N.Y.

Boys C Group (ages 9-11)

1. Brenner Hinds - Monmouth County Chapter, N.J.

Girls C Group (ages 9-11)

1. Allyson Kraff - Jones Beach, N.Y.

RUN-SWIM-RUN

Boys AA Group (ages 16-17)

1. Toby Contarsy - Los Angeles County Lifeguard Association, Calif.

Girls AA Group (ages 16-17)

1. Amanda Ford - Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Boys A group (ages 14-15)

1. Joesph Skimmons - Monmouth County Chapter, N.J.

Girls A group (ages 14-15)

1. Jaimie Kaefer - Jones Beach, N.Y.

Boys B Group (ages 12-13)

1. Nicos Prokopiou - Jones Beach, N.Y.

Girls B Group (ages 12-13)

1. Abby Lee - Sussex County, Del.

Boys C Group (ages 9-11)

1. Brenner Hinds - Monmouth County Chapter, N.J.

Girls C Group (ages 9-11)

1. Emma Hecht - Monmouth County Chapter, N.J.

BOARD RACE

Boys AA Group (ages 16-17)

1. Toby Contarsy - Los Angeles County Lifeguard Association, Calif.

Girls AA Group (ages 16-17)

1. Amanda Ford - Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Boys A group (ages 14-15)

1. Hayden Hemmens - California State Lifeguard Association, Calif.

Girls A group (ages 14-15)

1. Emily Balina - Monmouth County Chapter, N.J.

Boys B Group (ages 12-3)

1. Kelly Schulte - City of Pompano Beach, Fla.

Girls B Group (ages 12-13)

1. Carly Drew - Hampton Lifeguard Association, N.Y.

Boys C Group (ages 9-11)

1. Brenner Hinds - Monmouth County Chapter, N.J.

Girls C Group (ages 9-11)

1. Madelyn Kopec - Monmouth County Chapter, N.J.

IRON GUARD

Boys AA Group (ages 16-17)

1. Toby Contarsy - Los Angeles County Lifeguard Association, Calif.

Girls AA Group (ages 16-17)

1. Amanda Ford - Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Boys A group (ages 14-15)

1. Hayden Hemmens - California State Lifeguard Association, Calif.

Girls A group (ages 14-15)

1. Kathryn Mannle - Long Beach, N.Y.

Boys B Group (ages 12-3)

1. Nathan Yos - Los Angeles County Lakes Lifeguard Association, Calif.

Girls B Group (ages 12-13)

1. Sarah Brennan - Monmouth County Chapter, N.J.

Boys C Group (ages 9-11)

1. Brenner Hinds - Monmouth County Chapter, N.J.

Girls C Group (ages 9-11)

1. Grace Howard - Hampton Lifeguard Association, N.Y.

RESCUE RACE

AA Group (ages 16-17)

1. Amanda Ford & Chloe Gutierrez - Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

A Group (ages 14-15)

1. Danny Yos & Kevin Fink - Los Angeles County Lakes Lifeguard Association, Calif. & Los Angeles County Lifeguard Association, Cailf.

B Group (ages 12-13)

1. Kelly Schulte & Sloan Sizemore - City of Pompano Beach, Fla.

C Group (ages 9-11)

1. Shane Schulte & Mia Marquez - City of Pompano Beach, Fla.

SWIM RELAY

AA Group (ages 16-17)

1. Amanda Ford, Joseph Laneve, Dillon Copa, Toby Contarsy & Clayton Adkins - Fort Lauderdale, Fla., City of Pompano Beach, Fla. & Los Angeles County Lifeguard Association, Calif.

A Group (ages 14-15)

1. Danny Yos, Julia Schulte, Santana Sizemore, Kevin Fink & Hayden Hemmens - City of Pompano Beach, Fla., California State Lifeguard Association, Calif., Los Angeles County Lakes Lifeguard Association, Calif. & Los Angeles County Lifeguard Association

B Group (ages 12-13)

1. Katie Conte, Brooke Baldassare, Jasmine Chu, Sierra Koehler & Nicos Prokopiou - Jones Beach, N.Y.

C Group (ages 9-11)

1. Ryan Burke, Sammy Rennard, Megan Judge, Emma Hecht & Brenner Hinds - Monmouth County Chapter, N.J.

BEACH FLAGS

Boys AA Group (ages 16-17)

1. Phillip Schlegel - Hampton Lifeguard Association, N.Y.

Girls AA Group (ages 16-17)

1. Chloe Gutierrez - Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Boys A group (ages 14-15)

1. Zack Tiano - Monmouth County Chapter, N.J.

Girls A group (ages 14-15)

1. Sarah George - Monmouth County Chapter, N.J.

Boys B Group (ages 12-3)

1. Eddie Cohen - South Jersey, N.J.

Girls B Group (ages 12-13)

1. Sophia Kolhoff - Hampton Lifeguard Association, N.Y.

Boys C Group (ages 9-11)

1. Aidan Sacci - Monmouth County Chapter, N.J.

Girls C Group (ages 9-11)

1. Madeline Agresti - Monmouth County Chapter, N.J.

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