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2013 AAU Track and Field National Championship dates announced


Lake Buena Vista, Fl– The AAU Athletics department has officially released the dates for the 2013 AAU Primary and Club National Championships. Drum roll please…

2013 AAU Primary National Championship:  July 6-7, 2013 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida.

2013 AAU Club National Championship: July 8-14, 2013 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida

In 2012, there was a record number of athletes in attendance for both events and a record number of national records broken– over 70 records at each event! We can’t wait to see what record-breaking performances are in store for us in 2013. Mark the dates on your calendar now and stay tuned, more details to come soon.

In the meantime, make sure to LIKE us on Facebook at facebook.com/realaau and FOLLOW us on Twitter at @AAUTrackNField for the latest updates and information about AAU Track, nationals and so much more.

Also, don’t forget, 2012 AAU Cross Country National Championships will take place December 1, 2012 in Rock Hill, South Carolina. You can book your hotel for this event HERE. 

For more information about AAU Athletics, visit www.aauathletics.org.




AAU Members make Sports Illustrated

Originally posted on http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com

Congratulations to AAU Members Shawn Barber and Zana Muno for being named to this week’s Sports Illustrated ‘Faces in the Crowd’! Barber and Muno had record-setting performances this summer on the AAU circuit in their respective sports. Take a look at what they accomplished!

Shawn Barber
Kingwood, Texas > Track and Field

Shawn, a recent graduate of Kingwood Park High and this year’s Texas 4A state pole vault champion, cleared 18′ 3.5″ to break the national high school record by half an inch at the AAU National Junior Olympics in Humble, Texas. A dual citizen of the U.S. and Canada, he cleared 18′ 2.5″ to win bronze for Canada at the World Junior Championships in July. The winner of this year’s Texas Relays, Great Southwest Classic and New Balance Nationals, Shawn will attend the University of Akron. CLICK HERE to WATCH his interview after his record-setting jump.

Zana Muno
Hermosa Beach, Calif. > Volleyball

Zana, who will be a sophomore at Notre Dame High (Sherman Oaks), won the AAU Best of the Beach 16-and-under tournament in Santa Monica in three sets alongside partner Gianna Guinasso (Huntington Beach), to become the first athlete to win the AAU Triple Crown of junior beach volleyball. In her hometown in July, she won the 16-and-under titles in the two other major tournaments on the AAU tour, the nationals and the Junior Olympics, with two other partners. CLICK HERE for FULL Story!

Marc Arnold
New York City > Chess

Marc, a recent graduate of Columbia Prep, won the 2012 U.S. Junior Championship in St. Louis, ranking No. 1 in the preliminaries before defeating Alec Getz (also of New York City) in a two-match final. His win earned him a spot in next year’s U.S. Championship. The week before, Marc tied for third at the World Open in Philadelphia, the largest tournament in the U.S. Already an international master, he currently holds a 2540 FIDE rating, the 30th best in the world among juniors. He will attend Indiana.

Kallie Myers
St. Clairsville, Ohio > Soap Box Derby

Kallie, who will be a senior at Bridgeport High, won the 75th annual All-American Soap Box Derby’s Super Stock division (10- to 17-year-olds) in Akron with a 29.4-second final-heat finish on the 989-foot track. Competing in her final year of eligibility, she had to repair a broken rear axle and replace her wheels in under an hour when a competitor lost control and rammed her after she had crossed the finish line in the first heat. Kallie came back to defeat 127 drivers for the title and a $5,000 scholarship.

Charles Anthony
Swansea, Mass. > Golf

Charles, a recent graduate of La Salle Academy (Providence), shot an ace on the 18th and final hole of the Rhode Island Junior PGA Championship to win the title by one stroke. Trailing runner-up Steve Letterle by two going into the par-4, 304-yard final hole at Montaup Country Club, he finished with a 22-over 164. As team captain at La Salle, Charles led the Rams to an undefeated season (14-0), including wins at the McCampbell Cup and Challenge Cup. He will compete at Bentley University.

Carly Bedinghaus
Columbus, Ohio > Equestrian

Carly, a recent graduate of Hilliard Darby High, won the Western Rider of the Year title at the Interscholastic Equestrian Association nationals in Oklahoma City. Riding for the Dare Equestrian Team, she took first in the varsity open horsemanship event and was sixth in open reining to earn overall high points, beating out 11 other riders. The president of her 4-H Club and vice president of the Franklin County Junior Fair Board, Carly will attend the Mount Carmel College of Nursing.


Barber vaults to AAU national record

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Lake Buena Vista, FL– Shawnacy Barber looks to be your normal high school teenager– except he pole vault over 18 feet/

Barber broke the young men’s pole vaulting record at the 2012 AAU Junior Olympic Games with a height of 18 feet 3 1/2 inches. Many of the competitors bowed to early in the competition, leaving Barber to compete against his personal records. He has just hit 18 feet and with one final jump left, he was eyeing the record.

“I’m glad it’s over,” said Barber. “It was stressful coming down to the last jump.”

The Barber family are no strangers to the pole vaulting world. Dad, George, was a pole vaulter for UTEP back in the 1980′s and also had two stints with the Canadian National Team. Now, George coaches his protege.

“He is basically my mini me, except the new and improved version,” said George. “I’m so proud of his accomplishments.”

Barber had the opportunity to compete at the IAAF World Junior Championships this past summer in Barcelona, Spain with the Canadian National Team. Now, he sets his sights on college. Shawnacy will be vaulting for the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio next fall.

“I’m looking forward to it,” said Barber. “I hope to jump high. Just have to take it one step at a time.”


2012 AAU Athletics Joel Ferrell Award winners


Lake Buena Vista, FL– AAU Track and Field is proud to announce this year’s Joel Ferrell Award winners at the AAU Junior Olympic Games. The Joel Ferrell Award is named after former AAU President and Vice President of the US Olympic Committee. He was chair of the AAU Junior Olympic Program for many years and was very instrumental in the growth of these Games. This prestigious award recognizes outstanding accomplishments and sportsmanship of an athlete representing each official sport at the AAU Junior Olympic Games. AAU Track and Field selects six athletes– a boy and girl from running events, field events and multi-events.

Congratulations to Daesha Rogers and Charles Jones for being the recipients for the running events. Rogers broke her own record in the 800m final with a time of 2:07 and also set another record in the 1500m, coming across the finish line in 4:36.79. She also took home the gold with her 4×400 relay team. Jones set a new, national record in the 800m with a time of 1:49.78. He also took home golds in the 1500m and 4×800 relay.

Congratulations to Ashley Blake and Randall Cunningham, Jr., son of former all-pro NFL quarterback Randall Cunningham, for being the recipients for the field events. Blake broke the shot put record by over three feet, throwing 52′ 1″. Cunningham set a new national record in the high jump with a jump of 7′ 2″.

NFL quarterback Randall Cunningham had some great things to say about AAU Track:

Congratulations to Wolf Muller and Tia Jones for taking home the award in the multi-events. Mahler won the Young men’s decathlon, scoring 7231 points. Jones set a national record in the midget pentathlon, scoring 3554 points.  She also broke the national record in the 80 meter hurdles, running 11.71 and then came back and won the 100 in 12.36 and the 200 in 24.84.

Watch what Tia Jones had to say after her race:




Lucas Bourgoyne sweeps long distance at AAU Junior Olympic Games

Houston, TX– Lucas Bourgoyne won the 3000, 1500, and 800 meter races at the AAU Club Championships and AAU Junior Olympic Games in dominating fashion, by going wire-to-wire for six wins in the longest races in the age division. He finished the track season as the Number one 11-year-old track athlete in the nation by 16 seconds in the 3000 meters, over three seconds in the 1500 meters, and two seconds in AAU in the 800 meters (source: Junior Elite Rankings on the Internet).

  • 3000 METERS…Won by 17 seconds, running all alone; would have won by almost half a lap if his hometown buddy had not PR’d by over one minute since heading to the National Qualifier. As the Announcer indicated, he was on pace to break a 19-year-old Junior Olympic Record for most of the race.
  • 1500 METERS…Even though tired from the 3000 meters 24 hours before, he took a commanding lead and never looked back, going wire-to-wire for the win against some top contenders with fresh legs who did not run the 3000. Only one competitor was within 13 seconds of him at the finish.  Lucas just missed the Junior Olympic Record by a little over a second.
  • 800 METERS…After recovering from both the 3000 and 1500 meters in the last 48 hours, and digging deep to refuel the gas tank, Lucas showed grit and heart and left no doubt in the 800 by taking command from the gun with a 63 second first lap! Were it not for taking several peeks in the rear view mirror in the last 150 meters to make sure there were no surprises and then coasting home, he could have smashed the existing record.
Congratulations to Lucas on an amazing performance at this year’s AAU Track and Field events.
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Former Olympian LaMont Smith to Attend 2012 AAU Junior Olympic Games


HOUSTON,TX–Former USA Olympian LaMont Smith will be just one of the Olympic athletes joining us at the AAU Junior Olympic Games next week in Houston, Texas.  Smith, a native of Willingboro, New Jersey graduated from Willingboro High School in 1991.  While there, he was one of the most dominant 400 meter runners ever to come out of New Jersey.  He won 6 county championship and 9 state championships over a two year period.  His high school personal best was 46.34 which stills stands as a county record.  He also won three New Jersey all group championships in 1991, he won the Indoor all group Meet of Champions State title and in outdoor track he won all group Meet of Champions crown in 1990 and 91.  In 1991, LaMont made the US Jr. National Team coached by Coach Charles Oliver in the 400 meters.

LaMont continued his track and field career at Blinn College in Brenham, Texas.  In 1992 LaMont was a member of the NJCAA National Championship 4×1600 meter relay and placed 2nd indoor and 3rd outdoor in the individual 400 meters.  Earning him All American honors as a freshman.  In 1993 LaMont won both indoor and outdoor NJCAA National Championships in the 400 meter with personal records of 46.62 indoors and 45.30 outdoors.  LaMont was also a member of the 4×1600 meter indoor relay NJCAA National Championship team.  LaMont went on to compete for the Santa Monica Track Club from 1994 to 2004.  LaMont had many outstanding performances in both National and International competition and had a nice write up in Track and Field News after his blistering 400 meter performance at The Mt. Sac Relays where he clocked a 44.63 to win the race and set a new personal record.

LaMont placed fourth at the 1996 US Olympic Trials setting another personal record 44.30 (11th fastest 400 meters ever run at the Olympic Trials).  LaMont was part of the 1996 Olympic Track and Field team and won a gold medal running the lead off leg in the 4×1600 meter relay in Atlanta, Georgia.  Track and Field News ranked LaMont’s relay team at 6th best on their All Time list 2.55.99.  LaMont currently lives in Dallas, Texas.

We are looking forward to having him in Houston to serve as an inspiration for our AAU Athlete members who aspire to be in his shoes one day.

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Over 50 records broken at 2012 AAU Track Primary Nationals


Written By: Julianne Sautner

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL—Time to wrap up one AAU Track and Field event and onto the next! We have concluded the AAU Track and Field Primary National Championships for another year . This weekend hundreds of young track and field athletes infiltrated the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando, FL with their eye on the prize– a gold medal, broken records, and a qualifying spot in the 2012 AAU Junior Olympic Games later this month. This meet was jam packed with exciting moments out on the field in events like javelin, shot put, and long jump, and also an amazing display of athleticism in all of the running events.

There was an overwhelming number of record breakers over the two day event– 71 to be exact! Records can be found below.

While the races may be over for the youngsters, the older track and field participants are about to heat up. Today begins the AAU Club National Championships! Get ready for another thrilling week of AAU Track and Field. The Club National Championship finals will be broadcasted LIVE on ESPN3 Sunday, July 22 from 8AM to 2PM EST.

Check out the NEW Primary National Championship records:


2012 AAU Track Season Preview

Written By: Julianne Sautner

Lake Buena Vista– AAU Track for 2012 is heating up! Teams and athletes from all over the country are going to be invading Orlando during the month of July. Things kick off withthe AAU Primary Nationals, followed by the AAU Club Championships which both qualify athletes to compete in the ultimate of competitions, the AAU Junior Olympic Games in Houston, TX at the end of July.

The AAU Track and Field Primary National Championships is a single age group competition for 5, 6, 7, and 8 year olds to capture their interest in the sport while keeping them involved in track and field events as they grow. The competitions are designed to give kids a chance to compete against other youngsters of their same age and ability in a variety of track and field events including: Long Jump, Shot Put, 100 Meter Dash, 40 Meter hurdles and many more! CLICK HERE for schedule and results. 

The 16th Annual AAU Track and Field National Club Championships are headed to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on July 9th. Over 3,000 athletes from near and far will compete for their chance at becoming a national champ in their respective division and event. The Club Championships will be the athletes’ last and final chance to qualify for the AAUJunior Olympic Games.


AAU Track and Field alums shine at SEC Outdoor Championships


Former AAU Track and Field members: Cory McGee, Ciarra Brewer, Omar Craddock, Marquis Dendy, Dwight Barbiasz, Dedric Dukes, Hugh Graham Jr., Eddie Lovett, Hunter Joyer, Darshay Davis, Ebony Eutsey, and Amani Bryant had outstanding performances at the SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships over the weekend for the University of Florida Gators. Read further to see how they did.

Originally published at: http://www.gatorzone.com

Written by: Gator Zone Sports

The Gators swept the triple jump and high jump titles on the weekend. Freshman and former AAU Track and Field member Ciarra Brewer (Union City, Calif.) took over as the nation’s leading triple jumper with her winning mark of 13.58m/44-6.75, a personal best for the freshman and Brewer now moves to second all-time in the Gator record books. The Gators have now claimed four of the last five SEC outdoor titles in the women’s triple jump, as Shara Proctor won three in a row from 2008-10.

AAU Track and Field alum Omar Craddock (Killeen, Texas) won his first SEC triple jump title outdoors, using a winning mark of 16.68m/54-8.75 and becoming the third different Florida athlete over the last three years to win the SEC outdoor men’s triple jump title. Christian Taylor won the event in 2010 and Will Claye was victorious in 2011. Craddock is the reigning SEC and NCAA champion indoors in the men’s triple jump and looks to continue the streak in Des Moines.

“I’m really proud of the triple jump tradition at Florida,” Craddock said. “I try to do my part to keep the legacy Christian and Will built alive and I’m so glad I’ve been able to have the success I’ve had this year. The work Coach O’Neal has been putting in with all of us has helped me improve and continue to work hard.”

Freshman Marquis Dendy (Middleton, Del.) had a career day, jumping a personal best of 15.48m/50-9.50 to finish sixth overall and earn three points for the Gators. Dendy’s leap just narrowly missed the all-time record books at Florida, coming in at No. 11.

“Brian O’Neal is doing a phenomenal job with our jumpers,” Holloway said. “Ciarra is a freshman and she’s now second all-time at Florida and the No. 1 triple jumper in the country right now. Omar is getting better and better as we go along. Marquis Dendy had a great meet this weekend and did really well. Coach O’Neal thinks he’s close to getting a big PR. I just couldn’t be prouder of our trio of triple jumpers.”

The Gators completed the sweep in the high jump as well, as junior Dwight Barbiasz (Milford, N.H.) ended Ole Miss’ Ricky Robertson’s streak of SEC men’s high jump championships at five. The transfer from the University of Maryland cleared a new personal best and won his first SEC title with a mark of 2.25m/7-4.50. Barbiasz is now tied for second all-time at Florida with former Gator All-American Matt Vincent (2001).

“Winning today means a lot because this is what I promised Coach Holloway when I came to Florida,” Barbiasz said. “I was leaving the University of Maryland (whose program is being disbanded) and coming here and I think we had to trust each other. I trusted Coach Holloway and Coach Welty enough to leave what I knew behind because I wanted to compete for championships and they trusted me enough to deliver and today just proves that all of the hard work all of us have put in has paid off.”

“We have one of the best high jumping coaches in the country in Coach Mellanee Welty,” Holloway noted. “Her athletes won both high jump titles this weekend. Dwight had a PR in his win today and Taylor had a PR in her victory yesterday. It’s just a testimony to their hard work and the things they’ve been doing. Taylor’s been focusing on only high jump for the last month and Dwight is healthy for the first time all season. For him to have a PR in such a great field was really great for Dwight.”

Junior Tony McQuay had a victorious afternoon on the track, taking home the men’s 400 meters title and the first such title for the Gators since Calvin Smith in 2009. McQuay then anchored the men’s 4×400-meter relay to their first SEC outdoor championship since 2010, finishing in 3:03.44. The Gators are one of only two 4×400-meter relay teams in the SEC with two freshmen on the track and Florida is the only team with two freshmen running the opening legs, as rookies Dedric Dukes (Miami, Fla.) and Hugh Graham, Jr. (Miami, Fla.) set the race up for juniors Leonardo Seymore (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) and McQuay.

“It felt so great to be able to contribute and win as a freshman,” Dukes said. “I try to go out there, do what I can, start things off well and get us in good position and I just felt great out there. To have two freshmen on the opening legs, it shows the coaches really trust that we can come out and contribute to the team.”

Dukes and Seymore also scored in the men’s 200 meters, as Dukes ran an all-conditions best of 20.61 to finish fifth overall and Seymore finished eighth in 21.02 (21.020) to score a point for the Orange and Blue.

Sophomore Eddie Lovett (West Palm Beach, Fla.) came up just short in the men’s 110-meter hurdles, claiming the runner-up spot with his time of 13.65. LSU’s Barrett Nugent earned his second-consecutive SEC title in the event, just barely edging Lovett out in 13.40.

Fellow thrower Hunter Joyer (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) competed in his first SEC Championships on Sunday, earning a point in the men’s shot put with his eighth-place mark of 15.69m/51-5.75, a personal best.

Florida’s women also saw significant contributions from sophomore Darshay Davis (Mirimar, Fla.) and junior Ugonna Ndu (Newark, N.J.), who both scored in multiple events on Sunday.

Davis competed in both the 100 and 200 meters on Sunday, taking third in both events. In the 100 meters, Davis ran a new personal best of 11.30, claiming sole possession of fifth all-time in UF history. Just an hour later, Davis ran a wind-aided 23.05 to take home another six points for the Gators with her third-place finish.

Ndu had a busy afternoon for the Florida women, as she first competed in the 100-meter hurdles, finishing third in 13.37, a new personal best. Ndu then competed in the 400-meter hurdles, finishing in the three spot once again with her time of 59.31. Ndu finished her evening running the third leg of the women’s 4×400-meter relay, as the quartet of Ebony Eutsey (Miami, Fla.), Lanie Whittaker (Miami, Fla.), Ndu and Amani Bryant (Tampa, Fla.) teamed up to finish fifth overall in 3:35.58 to earn four points for the Orange and Blue.

Eutsey and Whittaker had strong finishes for the Gator women in the 400 meters, as Eutsey finished third overall in 52.51 and Whittaker came in fifth in 52.92, combining for 10 points for the Gators. Bryant, who competed alongside Ndu in the women’s 400-meter hurdles final, finished fourth in 1:00.51, earning five points for the Florida women.

McGee, who ran the women’s 1,500 meters earlier in the afternoon, came up with a collegiate best in the women’s 800 meters, finishing sixth in 2:05.39 to earn three additional points for the Gators.

Throwers Ashley Miller (Miami Beach, Fla.) and Kaitlin Davis (Jacksonville, Fla.) scored for the Florida women in the discus, as Miller finished fourth with her mark of 51.26m/168-2 and Davis came in seventh with a throw of 47.06m/154-5. The two combined for seven points for the Orange and Blue.

Next up for the Gators is the NCAA East Preliminary Round, hosted by the University of North Florida, May 24-26.


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AAU Track member makes Sports Illustrated

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Originally published at sportsillustrated.cnn.com

Kendal Williams highlighted in this week’s edition of Sports Illustrated “Faces in the Crowd”

You’ve probably heard the name Kendall Williams at AAU on more than one account. Let’s not get him confused with the girl track star, hurdler Kendall Williams. One way to keep them a part- 1 L.