by: A. Ghaffar Club President

Knoxville, TN--The Angel Elite Track Club claimed it's first AAU Jr. Olympic National Title at the 45th annual event held at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville when Aminah Ghaffar won gold in the Midget (12) high jump competition. Aminah cleared 4 ft. 10 inches to claim top honors. Njaire McKoy of New Jersey also cleared the height but Aminah had no misses to win the event outright. Her 4-10 jump would make her very competitive against the Cape Fear Region high school jumpers. Ghaffar also claimed a medal for 6th place in the Pentathlon. She had a great year claiming AAU Region 3-A titles in the Long Jump, High Jump and pentathlon as well as silver in the Pentathlon and High jump at the AAU Club National Championships in Orlando, Florida.

Four other Angel Elite athletes qualified for the meet as well (AAU announced the event as the largest JO meet ever with over 8700 registered participants).

Jaynell Brown had a strong showing adding a couple of top 12 finishes to her outstanding season. Jaynell tossed the discus 87ft. 6 inches to claim 11th place in the 13U event and followed with a personal record toss of 34ft 3 inches to claim 12th in the shot put. Jaynell dominated North Carolina throwers going undefeated throughout the season including triple regional titles in the discus, shot and javelin.

Jamicia Jones cemented her role as Angel Elite's number one middle distance runner recording a PR at the Junior Olympic Games in the 14U 800m with a time of 2:28.75. She followed that up with a gutsy 1:03.18 400m run on an injured hamstring. Her personal record in the event is 1:00.77. Jamicia pulled a double championship at the AAU Region 3-A meet in Charlotte sweeping the 400m and 800m at the event.

Brandon Brown tied the club record by qualifying in 4 events. His best finish was 23rd in the 13U 100m hurdles. He also placed 30th in the 200m hurdles, 36th in the long jump and 42nd in the 100 dash. This was Brandon’s first Junior Olympic event.

Justin Jacobs of Fairmont made his first appearance at the Jr. Olympic games also. He qualified with a 4th place finish in the 12U at the AAU Region 3-A meet held in Charlotte. Jacobs finished 33rd in the discus.

The team is coached by Rasheeda Ghaffar (Lumberton), Candace Foster (Lumberton), James Brown (Pembroke) and Jermaine “BC


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â€Â Thomas of Fayetteville.