Tuesday, August 7, 2012
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Emoni Coleman had herself quite a weekend on the track at the AAU Junior Olympics. The Conyers native won a gold medal and finished in the top four in another event, leading a strong local trio at the annual track and field nationals in Humble, Texas.
Coleman, an 11-year-old competing in the sub-midget category, blitzed the field in the 800 meters, winning with a time of 2:20.75. Coleman was less than a second and a half off the national record of 2:19.27, set by Quantikia Stepney of Baltimore, Maryland in 2000.
Coleman completed her big day by just missing a medal in the 400 meters, running in fourth-best 1:01.09.
The Dynamic Speed Elite Track Club also fared well in Humble as Candace Hall took home a pair of bronze medals. Hall, a 13-year-old competing in the sub-youth category, finished third in both the 100 meters (12.32), which was a personal-best time, and 200 meters (25.10).
"(Hall) did her personal best in the 100 meters and ran an excellent race in the 200 meters," said DSETC coach Dannette Stone.
In boys events, another Conyers native, 10-year old Elijah Grey, had two top-seven finishes. Grey, who was competing in the bantam division, placed fourth in the 800 meters (2:24.69) and seventh in the 400 meters (1:03.11).