Anderson advances to semifinals at Junior Olympics
Northgate senior Kemor Anderson’s hopes to bring home at least two medals this week at the AAU Junior Olympics at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti stayed right on pace on Tuesday.
The 17-year-old, who is appearing at the national meet for the fifth consecutive summer, moved into the semifinals in both the 100 and 200 meters during this week’s early preliminaries.
The Lady Viking won her 100 qualifying heat in 12.22 seconds for the 11th-best performance among 17-18 year-olds. Anderson looks to reach final eight in the 100 today.
Anderson also advanced to the semifinals of the 200 meters with a time of 22.1. Full details of that race were not available at presstime.
The 17-18-year-old 200-meter competition resumes on Thursday.
Anderson, who failed to medal in the long jump despite a top leap of 16-7, also has a chance to medal with a Southside Pioneers’ 400-meter relay team including Newnan High standout Ronae Ferguson later this week. The foursome also includes Sandy Creek senior Danielle Davis and Mundy’s Mill senior Precious Fobbs.
Meanwhile, members of the Quintessentials track and field team from Coweta County added to its medal total during the group’s first trip to nationals as a team.
In the 8-under boys shot put, Aaron Fenimore captured a bronze medal with a throw of 24-4. Joining Fenimore in the shot put were Peyton Laney (20-10), Jonathan Green (15-4) and Dante Robinson (15-2).
Ryan Quinn took eighth in Sunday’s 14-and-under 3,000-meter race walk, finishing in 22:18.30.
Younger sister Abbey, just 5-years-old, competed in the 8-under shot put (7-4) as well as the 1,500, where she ran a personal best mark of 7:28.18, more than 20 seconds faster than her previous time
Other 8-under efforts saw Laney and Samuel Quinn run the 1,500. Laney finished in 6:03 and Quinn in 6:40..
Josiah Quinn began the Quintessential’s efforts at the AAU Junior Olympics by capturing the gold medal in the 8-and-under 1,500-meter race walk on Saturday. He will compete in the javelin later this week.
“We feel like we really represented well this week so far,” said Quintessentials coach Scott Quinn. “We just hope to finish strong.”