Local Track and Field
Quintessentials rack up AAU national qualifiers
The Quintessentials track team’s debut in AAU competition has been quite the success so far after all nine regional qualifiers advanced to next month’s AAU Junior Olympics.
The Coweta-based youth team, led by head coach Scott Quinn, came home with 16 medals at last week’s AAU Regional Championships, held at Twelve Oaks Stadium in Hampton. They included six golds, five silvers and five bronze medals on what was also an effort that included a majority of personal best times.
Before heading to the AAU Junior Olympics from July 29-Aug. 3, the club will participate in both the AAU Primary and Club level National Championships from July 6-8 at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla.
The primary meet allows each athlete to compete against opponents of the same age. Currently the AAU Junior Olympics groups ages, including 5, 6, 7 and 8 year-olds in the same division.
The AAU Club Championships are a team-based competition.
Also headed to nationals for the fifth consecutive year will be Northgate High senior Kemor Anderson, who qualified at regionals in three individual events for the Southside Pioneers, out of Fayetteville. The 17-year-old had the second fastest times in both the 100 and 200 meters behind only recent North Clayton graduate Lorenda Holsten.
Anderson finished the 100 in 12.26 and the 200 in 25.16, while improving on both of her preliminary times. She also advanced in the long jump with the second-best mark among 17-19 year-olds. Her leap of 17-1 placed just behind Hillgrove High senior Quiahja Williams (17-3 1/2).
The Lady Viking standout joined Newnan High senior Ronae Ferguson in a winning 400-relay effort for the Pioneers, who placed first in their division with a time of 48.18. The foursome also included Sandy Creek senior Danielle Davis and Mundy’s Mill senior Precious Fobbs.
Among varsity boys competitors, Newnan High’s Ian Alce medaled in the 15-16 year-old 100 meters, finishing sixth in 11.59. Alce also represented the Southside Pioneers while leading off a third-place 400-meter team that also included Desmond Fletcher (Fayette County), Raquez Lockhart and Jordon Nedd (Union Grove).
The Quintessentials, meanwhile, put its young talent on display at the national qualifier. In one of its strongest collective efforts, the team had four runners advance to the 8-under, 1,500-meter finals in an effort led by Peyton Laney’s second-place finish.
Laney also took second in the 800 and was among four Quintessentials in the top-five of the 8-under javelin, winning the event with a throw of 65-6.
Aaron Fenimore, Dante Robinson and Samuel Quinn also had three top-five finishes in the 8-under division. Fenimore won shot put (21-5), was third in the javelin (43-10) and fourth in the 1,500 (6:20.02).
Robinson was led by a second-place finish in the shot put (18-11) and also placed fifth in the javelin (30-4) and eighth in the 1,500 (7:15.92).
Samuel Quinn added a second-place effort in the javelin (54-1) while placing fifth in the 1,500 (6:45.66) and sixth in the 800 (3:13.32)
Among the girls 8-under division, Abigail Quinn was third in the 1,500 race walk (8:03.08) and eighth in the girls 800 (4:04.59).
The Quintessentials also had a pair of standouts in the 10-under division, led by Josiah Quinn’s four finishes in the top-three. They included first-place medalist in the shot put (24-11) and the javelin (83-8) to go with a third-place effort in the triathlon.
Jonathan Casey medaled in a pair of events, finishing second to Josiah Quinn in the shot put at 16-11 and fourth in the javelin (47-5).
In the 11-under division, Chase Lewis placed third in the javelin (59-4) for the Quintessentials.
The team added another victory from Ryan Quinn in the 14-under 3,000-meter race walk in 22:22. Quinn was also sixth in the discus (62-11), seventh in the javelin (59-6) and ninth in the shot put (19-2).
Members of the Dare2Dream track team from Coweta County also advanced to the AAU Junior Olympics. They included victories by Aaliyah Ferrell in the 10-under girls 800 (2:50.59) and 1,500 (6:09.12). Ferrell also placed fourth in the 400 in 1:10.12.
Other top finishers for the Dare2Dream team included Amani Anderson, who was fourth in the 12-under 1,500 race walk and Marlayna Cromedy, who placed fifth in the 1,500 among 13-year-olds.
Among Dare2Dream boys finishers in the 8-under division, Alijah Ferrell was eighth in 800 (3:29.04) and seventh in the 1,500 (6:55.55).