Local track team wins 24 medals in AAU Junior Olympics, break national record
The Titans Track team came back home to Atascocita with 24 medals on August 3 at the AAU Junior Olympics in Des Moines, Iowa.
Head Coach Billy Williams said the girls 8 years and younger squad placed No. 5 overall in the 4 x 100 meter relay with a time of 1:02:63 while the boys ages 9-10 broke the AAU Club Championship record, which stood at 51:23 and the AAU Junior Olympic National Record at 51:16.
“Those young ladies worked extremely hard because they improved six seconds in a month’s time on their relay,” Williams said.
Members of Titans Track are comprised of students in the Lake Houston area from 4 to 18 years old and some have been members since the team started.
Williams said the Titans have been competing in the Junior Olympics since the track team’s establishment seven years ago. Titans Track had 37 runners from all age categories compete in this year’s Junior Olympics.
“At (4 years old) we try to build their base for them, so it’s a lot of fundamentals on how to run, how to breathe, how to pump their arms, how to lift their knees, things of that nature,” Williams said. “We’re kind of grooming the 4-year-olds so that when they turn 8 they’re able to compete at a high level.”
Lashavia Barclay, an eighth grader at Woodcreek Middle School won a gold medal in this year’s Junior Olympics in the 200 meter hurdles with a time of 28:14 and placed 9th overall in the 200 meter dash at 25:97.
Barclay has been on the Titans team for four years and is also is on the track team for her middle school. This is her second time competing in the Junior Olympics.
“I know (Lashavia) has worked hard and has gotten faster over the years,” Rocole Barclay, Lashavia’s mother said. “Her first year running she was the tenth fastest 10-year-old in the 800 meter (run).”
Garrett Carswell, a senior in Kingwood High School, has competed in the Junior Olypics three times.
Carwell is on the Titans Track team as well as the KHS track team.
During this year’s Junior Olympics, Carswell won a silver medal in the 400 meter hurdles at 53:35. Carswell said that was a personal record for him.
“I definitely feel a lot more confident in myself from running the first time and running again just from practicing and maturing and (building) a lot more confidence,” Carswell said.
Carswell has received scholarship offers from Texas Tech University, Texas A&M University, University of Texas, University of Houston, University of Oklahoma and the University of Tulsa.
“I’d like to say this is one of the best seasons we’ve had yet,” Williams said. “We give big thanks to Humble ISD for letting us use Timberwood Middle School as well as New Caney ISD for allowing us to use Don Ford Stadium. Without them supporting us and allowing us to use their facilities our program wouldn’t be where we’re at now.”