More than 40 local-area track athletes are gearing up to showcase their talents on one of the biggest stages in their young lives. Athletes from the Atascocita Titans Track Club are headed to the AAU Junior Olympics in Greensboro, N.C.
This is no easy feat; they have competed in almost weekly meets since March and pushed through three- to four-times-a-week practices since February to get there. To qualify for the Junior Olympics, the athlete has to place in the top five athletes for sprinting races at the regional meet – top six for field events – or place in the top eight at the AAU National Championship held every year in Florida at ESPN Wide World of Sports.
“We are so proud of the hard work these young athletes have put in this season and it is showing off,” said James Boales, president of the track club. “It is a great accomplishment to have about half of our club qualify for the Junior Olympics.”
Some of the athletes who qualified for the Junior Olympics finished first place at the qualifying meet.
First place finishes include: Jayden Kimble (10U) 60 meter hurdles (AAU Club Championship); Bobby Scarborough (10U) (AAU Club Championship); Zyreik Griffin, Dionne Sims, Deiondre Williams and Bobby Scarborough (12U) 4x400 meter relay (AAU Club Championship); Donovan Bradley (14U) 200 meter hurdles; and Gerald Martin, Jordan Parker, Luke Toups and Donovan Bradley (13/14) 4x400 relay (Houston Regional Meet).
All qualifying athletes include Girls: F (8U) Leah Lamb: 1500m; F (8U) Rhyllieh Jones: 400m dash, 800m run; F (9) Amaya Moore: 1500m; F (9) Amaya Padmore: long jump; F (9) Ty’Asia Young: 100m, long jump triathlon; F (11) Summer Williams: 80m hurdles, turbo-javelin; F (12) Alicia Temple: 80m hurdles; F (13) Amelia Pantojas: discus throw, javelin throw; F (13) Evalyn Abdmoulaie: 800m run; F (13) Farah Gasque: 200m dash, 400m dash; F (13) Jade Williams: 100m hurdles, 200m hurdles, long jump; F (13) Javia Lane: long jump; F (13) Lamia Temple: 100m hurdles, 200m hurdles, long jump; F (14) Amira Broussard: 100m hurdles, 200m hurdles, long jump; F (14) Brooklyn White: long jump; F (14) Channing Carswell: long jump; F (14) Christina Vasquez: 1500m, 3000m; F (14) Jordan Honeycutt: triple jump; F (14) Lashavia Barclay: 200m dash, 400m dash, 100m hurdles, 200m hurdles; F (15-16) Simone Ballard: 100m hurdles; and F (17-18) London White: 400m hurdles.
In Boys, M (8U) Hunter Newkirk: 100m dash, long jump; M (8U) Jeffrey Williams III: turbo-javelin; M (10) Derek Young Jr: 100m, 200m, 400m, triathlon; M (10) Jayden Kimble: 100m, 200m, long jump; M (11) Deiondre Williams: 80m hurdles, outdoor pentathlon; M (11) Elijah Berry: 3000m run; M (11) Joshua Martin: discus throw, shot put; M (11) Justin Martin: 80m hurdles, outdoor pentathlon; M (11) Bobby Scarborough: turbo-javelin; M (12) Dionne Sims: 80m hurdles, long jump; M (12) Zyriek Griffin: 80m hurdles; M (13) Calvion Fuller: 100m hurdles, 200m hurdles; M (14) Donovan Bradley: 400m dash, 200m hurdles; M (14) Gerald Martin: 100m dash; M (14) Keashawn Young: shot put; M (14) Michael Archie: 3000m run; M (14) Trevor Ehrlicher: 1500m run, 3000m run; M (14) Luke Toups: 1500m, triple jump; M (15-16) Thomas Mack: triple jump; M (17-18) Barry Richards: 110m hurdles; and M (17-18) Jalen Gordon: 200m dash.
Relays: F (8U) 4x 100 m; F (13-14) 4 x 400m; F (13-14) 4 x 800m; M (8U); M (11-12) 4 x 400m; M (11-12) 4 x 800m; M (13-14) 4 x100m; M (13-14) 4 x400m; and M (13-14) 4 x800m.
Established in 2011, Atascocita Titans Track Club helps athletes of all skill levels in various sports of track and field to grow and reach their full potential. They strive to share their love of competitive running by bringing people together from all walks of life to move in the same positive, disciplined direction. They hope to use their passion for running to build friendships, provide encouragement and improve themselves with no regard to age, cultural differences, gender, pace or experience. Their goal is reach one and teach one through their shared experience and to leave no runner behind. Atascocita Titans Track Club serves Humble and the surrounding areas.