Broward JGA presents special awards

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Shanell Atkins of West Pembroke Pines Optimist Track & Field set a national record in the shot put during the Amateur Athlete Union Junior Olympics in Des Moines, Iowa.

Atkins was one of several athletes from the West Pembroke Pines track & field team who performed well at the national event.

The AAU JO had more than 15,000 athletes competing in various sports with a little more than 8,500 participating in track and field.

West Pembroke Pines track and field took nine athletes, including some Junior Olympic first-timers. They brought home seven medals.

The AAU Junior Olympics awards medals to the Top 8 finishers in each event. Although all members of the team did not receive medals, they performed very well, establishing personal bests in several events.

West Pembroke Pines is coached by Lucian Reyes, Denise Reyes and Marvil Tatham. The new season begins in January. WPPO results: Girls: Sub-Midget: Shanell Atkins, first in shot put with national record 38 feet 10 inches, breaking the mark of 37-5. She won gold for the fourth consecutive year in shot put. She also took fourth in pentathlon and in discus.

Boys: Sub-Bantam: Garrett Ricardo, in his AAU JO debut, sixth in 1,500 meters. Sub-Youth: Rasheed Tatham, fourth in pentathlon, fifth in 200-meter hurdles and seventh in 100-meter hurdles.

First-timers Ashyra Martin, 200 meters; Dominique Edwards, shot put and discus; Sarah Wollaston, 400 and 800 meters; and Tyler Muraido, 1,500 and 3,000 meters set personal bests as did Ibrahim Dodo, 100 meter hurdles and long jump, and Cole Moxie, pentathlon.