Springfield Track Club advances eight athletes to Junior Olympics
Club continues producing, doubling the amount of participants from a year ago.

By Michael Cooper

Staff Writer

Saturday, July 19, 2008

SPRINGFIELD - The Springfield Track Club is growing by leaps and bounds.

After advancing four athletes to the AAU Junior Olympic Games in its first season last summer, the club advanced eight athletes this season.

I think it's wonderful, Springfield Track Club coach Andrea King said. A lot of the children are first-timers. It's a good showing for us. We're such a small squad.

They've got 47 athletes on the roster. Of those athletes, 30 qualified for the AAU Junior Olympics Region 6A Meet in Canton on July 10-13.

The following athletes qualified for the national meet at Olds-Marshall Track on the campus of Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Mich., July 23 through Aug. 2:

• Jamesha Crosby, 14, shot put.

• Javonne Brashears, 11, 80-meter hurdles, long jump.

• Zachariah Howard, 9, shot put.

• Amaya King, 8, shot put.

• J'Aun Johnson, 9, 800-meter run.

• Tiana Moss, 11, high jump.

• Kaitlyn Riley, 12, 100 and 200 dash.

• James Moore, 15, 100 and 200 dash.

King is excited about her team's chances at the meet.

They've all got a chance to be in the top eight because of their times, King said. They've worked hard all year long. The coaching staff is proud them. The parents have been so supportive. It's a good family-oriented squad.

The Springfield Track Club is also trying to lessen the financial burden for the parents. If you would like to donate to the club, please visit any National City Bank location.

Contact this reporter at (937) 328-0365 or mcooper@coxohio.com.