Local track teams enjoy banner year in first season
When Scott Quinn formed the Quinnessentials track and field team earlier this year, he wasn't sure exactly what to expect.
What he got was a championship- caliber squad with plenty of experience already under its belt.
Most of the team had already run for other programs, but in its inaugural season, the Quinnessentials team established itself as a squad ready to bring home medals.
A week ago, in a Disney World's Wide World of Sports complex, Quinn's team earned three golds, three silvers, 11 bronze medals and seven coppers.
Now the team that excels in both running and field events will try and garner more national recognition when it heads to Eastern Michigan for the AAU Junior Olympics later this week.
All nine members qualified for the Junior Olympics and eight will make the trek up Interstate 75 to participate in this year's event.
'We are really excited for the kids,' he said. 'They do all the work, they get all the credit. We try and get them in shape and teach that the right fundamentals. The throwing events are my speciality.'
It's a family affair for Quinn, who is able to coach his children, Ryan, Josiah, Samuel and Abbey.
They will all be joined at this year's event by Jonathan Casey, Peyton Laney, Aaron Fenimore and Dante Robinson in various events.
Among the accolades during the first season were Samuel Quinn's national record of 68 feet in the javelin.
Josiah Quinn also took a gold medal in the shot put.
Peyton Laney also showed he could throw the javelin en route to a gold medal, too.
Quinn is not putting too much pressure on his team.
'The true measure for success is to set a personal best at every meet. If they do that, it is a successful week,' he said. 'If you keep focusing on getting better, then the next thing you know, you are getting that medal.'
At the state meet, the team participated in 31 events and set 25 personal best. At the regional meet, they set 15 personal best.