Coweta athletes pick up gold, silver at AAU Junior Olympics


From left, Josiah Quinn, Dylan Faulkner and Samuel Quinn, all earned medals on Saturday. Josiah won gold in the 11-year-old 1,500 racewalk, Faulkner earned silver in the 10-year-old triathlon and Samuel took gold in the 9-year-old 1,500 racewalk as members of the Quintessential track team.

DES MOINES - Just two days into this year's AAU Junior Olympics Track & Field Championships, the luggage already plans to be a little heavier on the way back to Coweta County for the Quintessentials youth team.

Four athletes combined to earn two gold and two silver medals in competition on Monday and Tuesday while among 10 members of the Quintessentials who advanced from the regional level.

Competing at Drake University during the week-long event, both Josiah and Samuel Quinn earned respective gold medals in the 1,500 meter racewalk. Josiah captured the 11-year-old title on Saturday by cruising to a victory in 8:15.35, more than 45 seconds ahead of Parker Sines from Franklin, Tenn.

It came shortly after younger brother Samuel picked up a national championship of his own in the boys 9-year-old division. His time out 9:50.08 outlasted fellow Georgian Joshua Sleight of Douglasville, who took second in 9:57.69.

Dylan Faulkner also added a silver medal in the 10-year-old triathlon for the Quintessentials team. Faulkner, who is from Calhoun, finished behind Zion Bang-Hendon of Omaha, Neb., with 909 points. Faulkner's efforts included a victory in the high jump of 4-11 as well as a second-place finish in the shot put at 29 feet, 5 ½ inches. He finished the 400 meters in 1:12.20.

Senoia's Aaron Fenimore broke 25 feet in the 9-year-old shot put while also finishing in a national runner-up in the 6-pound event.

Fenimore's top throw of 25-7 ½ finished behind only Fort Worth, Texas youngster Ka'Morreun Plimpton's effort of 25-11 ½. Cameron Anderson of Somerset, N.J. was the only other competitor in the division to break 25 feet, finishing a distant third at 25-½.

All four boys will compete in the javelin throw this week including Fenimore and Samuel Quinn in the 9-year-old event today.

Qualifiers from the Quintessentials from the AAU Regionals also included Abigail Quinn (8-under 1,500, javelin), Cale Fenimore (8-under 1,500, javelin), Dante Robinson (9-year-old long jump, javelin), Peyton Laney (9-year-old 800, 1,500, javelin), Brady Judson (10-year-old 1,500 racewalk, javelin) and Jaxson Smoak (10-year-old, 1,500 racewalk, javelin).

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