Quinn wins gold in 1,500-meter race walk at Junior Olympics

Sharpsburg’s Josiah Quinn knew he was going to have several chances at a gold medal at this year’s AAU Junior Olympics at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti. But he sure didn’t waste anytime ensuring he’ll bring at least one home.

The 10-year-old finished first place in the 1,500-meter race walk, finishing ahead of 15 other competitors in his division.

One of track and field’s longest events, turned into a two-person race down the stretch as Quinn edged second-place performer Parker Sines by about two seconds. Josiah finished the race in a time of 8:40.75, while Sines picked up his silver medal in a time of 8:42.61.

The rest of the pack finished well behind the pace with the eventual third-place finisher crossing in 9:21.11.

The event was run in less than favorable conditions with athletes having to compete in rainy weather at the beginning of the race and hot conditions when the sun came out during the event.

The quick change in the weather quickly warmed up the track.

“He said it was like a steam bath down there on the track,” said his father and coach Scott Quinn. “He didn’t want to slip and get disqualified, so he ran a very careful race. It was wasn’t close to his personal best, but he got the gold and he is very excited.

Josiah is one of eight athletes from the Quinnessentials track team set to compete at this year’s Junior Olympics.

Jonathan Casey, Ryan Quinn, Peyton Laney, Aaron Fenimore, Dante Robinson, Abby Quinn and Samuel Quinn will also compete this week for the Quinnessentials team. This is the squad’s first trip to the Junior Olympics after forming early this year.

Samuel Quinn will attempt better his national mark of 68 feet in the javelin throw when he throws later this week.

Laney, who competes in the eight-and-under division, won a gold in the shot put at the Georgia District qualifyer to earn his trip to Michigan.

Fenimore will compete in the 8-and-under four-pound shot put after winning the gold medal at the qualifier. Robinson was third in the event at the qualifier.

Casey will compete in the 10-and-under, 6-pound shot put, after winning taking first in the state qualifier.

Ryan Quinn will run in the 3,000-meter race walk today.

Although she is only five, Abby Quinn earned a spot in the 8-and-under 800-meters.

Northgate senior Kemore Anderson, who runs in the summer with the Southside Pioneers AAU club, is participating her fifth AAU Junior Olympics. She has qualified for a spot in the 100 and 200 meters. She will also run in the 4x100 relay team with members of the Daretodream club.

The Junior Olympics continues through Saturday.

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