Running for Glory

Anderson to compete in fifth Junior Olympic meet

by doug gorman

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Northgate senior Kemor Anderson is getting ready to compete in her fifth Junior Olympics. Anderson has qualified in the 100, 200, long jump and 4x100 meters. This year's event will be held at Eastern Michgian Univeristy.

For Northgate High School senior Kemor Anderson, earning a spot at the Junior Olympics is becoming a summer tradition. The Lady Vikings' trackand- field standout is headed back to the event for the fifth straight year starting next week at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti. 'I am trying to visualize myself winning and standing on top of the podium once I get there,' she said. Anderson will stay busy at this year's Junior Olympics.
Earlier this summer, she qualif ied in four different events, including the 4x100, 100, 200 and the long jump. 'I don't have a favorite event,' she said. 'I just want to go out there and do my best in all of them.' Anderson doesn't just excel on the track, she also is a solid A/B student with hopes of studying medicine once she gets to college. Her dream now is to become a pediatrician. She recently received a letter from Princeton, something that might have thrilled her mother, Carolyn, more than it did the track standout herself. 'I am proud of what she has done on the track, but she knows her school work comes first,' she said. Anderson was once a twosport athlete playing high school basketball for a couple of years before deciding her stringent academic load didn't allow her time to participate in two sports. In addition to track and field practice, Anderson spends several hours a night doing homework. This past year, she was challenged by taking two semesters of chemistry. 'It was really hard,' she admits. 'I was up sometimes until 1 a.m. studying and rereading things.' Anderson's mom encouraged her daughter to take some time away from the track this summer, but is supportive of her daughter's decision to compete again in Michigan 'I thought maybe she should not compete this summer and just have a normal summer, but she loves to run,' Carolyn said. After Anderson returns from Michigan she won't have much down time as she gets ready to return to school for her senior year. This spring, Anderson will participate in her final track and field season with the Lady Vikings. Anderson is a two-time participant at the GHSA State Meet in Albany. Two years ago, she qualified in the 100. Last year, she ran in the 100, 200, long jump and with the 4x400 relay team. 'I didn't really know what to expect in any of the events except for the 100,' she said. 'I was a little nervous.' By the end of the weekend, Anderson finished sixth in the 100, and eighth in the long jump. Despite garnering the two medals, Anderson left Albany disappointed with her performance, especially in the long jump. 'They started 25 minutes early, so I had to run to get to the pit, put my mark down and go, so I didn't do as well as I wanted,' she said. Anderson gives credit to high school coach Lee Golden for her improvement. 'My freshman year, my hand movement wasn't so good, but working with coach Golden, he has taught me how I am supposed do with my arms. That has gotten me through each step until now.'


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