Young athletes win medals
Members of the Next Level Track Club competed earlier this month at the USATF South Zone Indoor Youth Track & Field Championships at the JDL Fast Track indoor facility in Winston-Salem.
Christian Beal, 13, led the way for the team, winning two gold medals and a bronze. One of the golds was earned when Beal joined Preston Alston, Markie McRae and Bryan Lucas to win the 4 x 200m relay.
In the 11–12-year-olds age group, the quartet of Dillon Lucas, Ahmani Marshall, Jayden King-Penn and Ahmad Townes combined for a total of nine medals, four of them gold.
Not to be outdone by the boys, 10-year-old Asia Phillips brought home three medals, including individual ones in the 55m dash and 200m dash. She teamed
with Kimani Alexander, Noel McMiller and Madison Minge-Perry for third place in the 4 x 200m relay.
Deja Reid won a bronze medal in the long jump.
Among the other notables was Elijah Johnson, 7, who won his first-ever medal in the long jump. The team will next compete in the USATF Youth National Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex in Landover, Md. from March 9–10 of this year.
For more information about the team, go to www.nextleveltrackclub.com.