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posted: Mon, Oct 9th, 2017

Natasha Redmond at the AAU Junior Olympics

Two Mount Olive Middle School sixth-graders competed during the summer in Detroit at the Amateur Athletic Union Junior Olympics. Michaela Eason and Natasha Redmond, members of the Pure Acceleration Track and Field Club in Wayne, qualified for the Junior Olympics after performing well in the state and regional competitions.

Michaela competed in the 4x4 relay; Natasha also competed in the 4x4 relay as well as in the 100-meter dash and the 200-meter dash. Though neither of the girls took home medals, there was no disappointment. They were happy with their performances and enjoyed being part of something so huge.

“Going to the Junior Olympics and competing was a great experience,” said Michaela. “I liked how everyone stuck together and were supporting each other and cheering no matter what team you were on.”

The track and field events were held on the sprawling grounds of Eastern Michigan University.

“The track looked humungous,” said Natasha. “But when you were running it felt so short because the time flew by. It was exciting.”

In addition to running in the events, Michaela and Natasha heard presentations by current and former track and field athletes including New Jersey native Carl Lewis, the legendary nine-time Olympic gold medalist and AAU Junior Olympics alumnus. 

Both girls travel to Wayne several times a week to practice with their coaches for 90-120 minutes each session. They’re training hard and hope to qualify for the Junior Olympics again next year, which will be held in Des Moines, Iowa.

The AAU Junior Olympics is the largest national multi-sport event for young people in the U.S. Approximately 15,000 athletes ranging in age from 5-20 competed in about two dozen different sports.

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