Youth Track & Field
Quintessentials team members qualify for AAU Regional meet
The Quintessentials track team, based in Coweta County, will have a large contingent of athletes gearing up for next weekend's AAU Regional Qualifier at Twelve Oaks Stadium following strong efforts at this year's Georgia District meet, also held in Clayton County.
The top eight finishers advanced to the regional level. Athletes are vying to reach this year's AAU Junior Olympic Games in Des Moines, scheduled for July 28-Aug. 2.
Aa r on Fe n i more, Brady Judson, Peyton Laney and brothers Josiah and Samuel Quinn were among athletes that placed first in events during the district meet on June 14.
Fenimore dominated the 9-year-old six-pound shot put event with a winning toss of 24-3, nearly eight feet longer than his next closest competitor.
He also qualified for district in the triathlon while winning all three events (400 meters, high jump, shot put) while also placing second to Samuel Quinn in the 9-yearold high jump.
Also competing among 9-year-olds, Quinn qualified in the 1,500 race walk with the event's top time of 9:41.25 while also placing third in the javelin.
Laney, Fenimore and Quinn joined teammate Dante Robinson to dominate the javelin throw led by Laney's top mark of 65-10. Fenimore (61-3) and Quinn (60-2) also broke the 60-foot mark.
Laney also was second in the 1,500 run in 5:34.89 and equally qualified in the 800 with a fourth-place finish in the 800 in 2:50.21.
In addition to qualifying in the javelin, Robinson also advanced in the 9-year-old log jump while finishing seventh with a leap of 10-5.
Competing among 10-yearold boys, Judson qualified in all three of his events including a victory in the 1,500 race walk in 9:00.73. Quintessentials teammate Jaxson Smoak also advanced by placing third.
Judson also took third in the javelin with a top throw of 59-2 and was eighth overall in the 1,500 run. Smoak also qualified by placing fifth. In the 11-yearold boys divis ion , Jo s i a h Quinn earned victories in the javelin and discus, posting a mark of 73-3 in the javelin while 17 feet ahead of his closest competitor. He also turned in a first-place effort in the shot put and second-place finish in the high jump during the Pentathlon while finishing fifth overall in the event with 1,115 points.
Other top performances among boys for the Quintessentials included Cale Fenimore competing in the 8-under division. The 7-yearold was second in the javelin at 44-6 to qualify for regionals and nearly added a second qualifier while finishing ninth among 17 athletes in the long jump with a top leap of 8-8.
Competing among 15-16 year-old boys, Ryan Quinn finished fifth in the javelin (82-6) and eighth in the shot put to qualify for regionals.
Among girls, both Ella Smoak and Abigail Quinn competed in the 8-under division.
Quinn, just 6 years old, qualified in the 1,500 by finishing sixth in 7:21.40 while followed by Smoak in seventh place.