Louisville-area track clubs set for success at AAU Junior Olympic Games
More than 40 youth athletes from the Louisville area are spending this week near Houston, Texas, competing at the 2016 AAU Junior Olympic Games. Track and field athletes between the ages of 8 and 1…
More than 40 youth athletes from the Louisville area are spending this week near Houston, Texas, competing at the 2016 AAU Junior Olympic Games.
Track and field athletes between the ages of 8 and 18 make up the biggest portion of the Louisville contingent, with no fewer than 35 runners from two big Louisville track clubs representing their teams and regions on the national stage. Kentucky Elite Track Club is also sending a select number of athletes, including Chimond Vaughn from Male’s state title-winning girls track and field team, as is Louisville Track and Field Club.
Kentucky Fillies, coached by Tamika Townsend, qualified eight athletes for the Junior Olympic meet at Humble High School in Humble, Texas, while William “Chico” Underwood’s Westside Track Club qualified 27 athletes.
One of the athletes to watch for the Fillies is Kaleb McDonald, who will run in the 200- and 400-meter dashes. McDonald is a rising sophomore at Jeffersontown High School, and in last spring’s state track meet, McDonald finished in third place in the 100, sixth place in the 200, and fifth place in the 400.
“Competing at this level every summer has helped her experience every year,” Townsend said. “When you compete all summer with girls that are more competitive than the local girls it helps you succeed in state (tournaments).”
Aside from coming to the Junior Olympic games to win, the week of events is a big showcase for the high school-age athletes who get to compete in front of college coaches in attendance.
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