Winston-Salem Junior Track Stars Rank Top Three In U.S.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- The Winston-Salem Roadrunners are fast and they have the gold medals to prove it. The team participated in the Regional National Qualifier in Suffolk, V.A. in June. Thirty-seven team members participated, 30 qualified.

About a dozen team members joined WFMY News 2's Tracey McCain on the Good Morning Show sporting shiny gold medals.

The team features three athletes who rank in the top three in their individual events.

Eleven-year-old Isaac Sutton is one of the top three runners in the nation in the 100m, 200m and anchors 4X100m relay. Asia Phillips, also age 11, is one of the top three female junior runners in the U.S. in 100m and 200m races. In the field, 11-year-old Jahvaree Ritzie-Pouncey is proud to maintain his top 3 ranking in shot put. Ritzie Pouncey also throws discuss and high jumps.

Their scores helped advance the team to the AAU Junior Olympics without a problem.

Take a look at their accomplishments starting with 14 first place medalists:

    • Caman Chaplin - Long Jump
    • Jahnaul Ritzie-Pouncey - 400m
    • Asia Phillips - 100m
    • Brandon Johnson - 80m hurdles
    • Isaac Sutton - 100m, 200m
    • Jahvaree Ritzie-Pouncey - Shot Put, Discus, and High Jump
    • Nickolas Childs - 100m, 200m, and Long Jump
    • Jordan Johnson - 400m
    • 10 year old 4X100m relay (Justin Powell, Tremaine Pate, Chaney Fitzgerald, Jahnaul Ritzie-Pouncey.

To qualify, teams had to place in the top 8 running events and in the top 5 field events. Thirty athletes on the Winston-Salem Roadrunners qualified for the AAU Junior Olympics which will be held in Des Moines, Iowa at Drake University.

"We are extremely proud of our track team," said the team's athletic director Lynette Johnson. Competitions in track and field at the AAU Junior Olympics will be held from July 27-August 2 but the cost of the trip is overwhelming.

"The next three weeks will be spent raising money to help the families. Our fundraising goal is to raise $10,000 which will allow $500 towards their expenses for the trip," said Johnson.

Their first fundraising event is on Saturday, July 12, 2014. The Winston-Salem Roadrunners are hosting a Charity Ride at the Smokin' Harley-Davidson dealership located at 3441 Myer Lee Drive in Winston-Salem.

Registration will start at 9 a.m. with kickstands up at 10:05 a.m. The cost is $10 per bike and $5 per passenger.

For more information, visit the Winston-Salem Roadrunners online. You can also donate through their fundraising page, by clicking here.

The Roadrunners club is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization which makes your donation tax deductible.


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