Track & Field
Anderson, Alce among local athletes at AAU Regional
Kemor Anderson made her first steps toward a return to the AAU Junior Olympics a good one during last weekend’s Georgia District Qualifier at Twelve Oaks Stadium in Hampton.
Anderson, who will be entering her senior year at Northgate High following a return trip to this spring’s Georgia High School Association Track & Field Championship, joined Newnan’s Ronae Ferguson and Ian Alce among athletes from Coweta County that advanced to next weekend’s AAU Regional Meet, also to be held at Twelve Oaks.
Runners from both Dare2Dream and the Quintessentials — based in Coweta — also had athletes advance.
Following a varsity season where she helped the Lady Vikings earn both county and region championships, Anderson advanced in four events at the AAU District Qualifier while competing in the 17-19 year-old division as a member of the Southside Pioneers track team out of Fayette County.
She will compete in this weekend’s USA Track & Field Georgia Association Championships at Mill Creek High School in Hoschton.
Last weekend, Anderson was led by a second-place finish in the 100 meters in 12.35, while also advancing in the 200 by placing ninth in 26.78 at the AAU District Meet.
She also led off a 400-relay team that placed second in 48.75, while joined by Ferguson, Danielle Davis and Dominique Foster. Ferguson, a sophomore, also competed in the 100. Davis and Foster both attend Sandy Creek High School.
In the field, Anderson also added a qualifying mark in the long jump, placing eighth with a leap of 15-1 1/2.
This spring she scored in both the 100 (6th) and long jump (8th) at the GHSA Championships in Albany. Anderson is attempting to return to the AAU Junior Olympic Games for the fifth consecutive summer. This year’s meet will be held in Detroit.
Alce, who will enter his sophomore year at Newnan, advanced as part of the Pioneers’ 15-16 year-old 400 relay, which placed fourth in 44.78. The 15-year-old was joined by Vincent Davis of Sandy Creek and Desmond Fletcher and Raquez Lockhart of Fayette County High.
The Quintessentials, coached by Scott Quinn, also had runners advance including sons Josiah and Samuel.
Peyton Laney helped lead the way by advancing in both the 800 and 1,500 in the 8-under division with second-place finishes while also winning the javelin throw. Aaron Fenimore was sixth in the 1,500 and Samuel Quinn placed sixth in the 800 and seventh in the 1,500 while also advancing to regionals.
Fenimore won the 8-under, 4-pound shot put with a throw of 20-10 1/2. Teammate Dante Robinson was third.
Quinn, Fenimore and Dante Robinson also advanced in the javelin behind Laney, placing fourth through sixth place, respectively.
Josiah Quinn and Johnathan Casey placed first and second in the 10-under, 6-pound shot put. Josiah also won the 10-under javelin and Casey placed fifth.
Josiah was third in the 10-under triathlon, after being aided by a victory in the shot put. He also won the 1,500-race walk.
In the 11-year-old division, Chase Lewis placed eighth in the javelin throw and fifth in the 1,500 race walk for the Quintessentials program.
Ryan Quinn placed third in the 14-under javelin throw and second in the 3,000 race walk. Ryan was also eighth in the discus.
Qualifying for the Dare2Dream team was Aaliyah Ferrell in the 10-under division. Ferrell placed eighth in the 400 in 1:14.89 and qualified with teammate Jordan Williams in both the 800 and 1,500 runs. Ferrell was second in the 800 (2:52.02) and first in the 1,500 (5:53).
Williams was third in the 800 (3:34.30) and second in the 1,500 (6:10).
Among girls, 5-year-old Abigail Quinn advanced in the 8-under division by placing fourth in the shot put and the 1,500. She was also ninth in the 800.
Also competing locally for Dare2Dream were Northgate sophomore Khadim Jones in the 17-19 year-old 200, 400 and 1,500.
Five-year-old Alijah Ferrell ran in the 8-under 400, 800 and 1,500 meters for the Dare2Dream team. Nicholas Price ran the 200, 400 and 800 in the 10-under division while Levi Blount competed in the 15-16 year-old running of the 400 and 800.
Also competing for the Dare2Dream team were Ayani Williams (12-year-old), Maylayna Cromedy (13-year-old) and five-year-old Skyla Speed in the 8-under division.
Editor’s Note: Anderson is currently looking for sponsorship help in her attempt to fund her trip to the games. Those interested can contact Carolyn Anderson at 954-549-9275.