Lake Buena Vista, FL– Every year, the AAU honors a special athlete who demonstrates outstanding athletic accomplishments and sportsmanship, just as former AAU President and US Olympic Committee Vice President Joel Ferrell. This award is presented to athletes in each sport at the AAU Junior Olympic Games.
The AAU Athletics Committee proudly presents this year’s 2011 Joel Ferrell Award for the Multi-Events to Erica Bougard and Ashton Allen.
Erica Bougard is an 18 year old from Byhalia, Mississippi who competes with the Memphis Mustangs. She holds the new national record in the Young Women’s Heptathlon with a score of 5270. She was also 2nd place in the Young Women’s Long Jump with a distance of 19-08.50 and 11th in the Young Women’s 100 Hurdles with a time of 14.52.
Ashton Allen is a 9 year old from Odenton, Maryland. He competed at the 2011 AAU Junior Olympic Games with Living Waters Athletics where he earned the new national record in the Sub-Bantam Triathlon with a score of 897.
The AAU Athletics Committee also presented the 2011 Joel Ferrell Award for Track & Field. This year’s Track winners were Shamier Little and Amir Rasul.
Shamier Little is a 16 year old unattached athlete from Chicago, Illinois. She received a gold medal and broke the record for the Intermediate Girls 400 Meter Hurdles with a time of 57.83. She also placed 1st in the Intermediate Girls 400 Meter Dash with a time of 53.83 and placed 2nd in the Intermediate Girls 100 Meter Hurdles with a time of 14.45.
Amir Rasul is a 13 year old athlete who participates with Miami Gardens Xpress from Miami, Florida. Amir broke 2 National Records at the 2011 AAU Junior Olympic Games. He finished with a record breaking time of 11.15 in the Sub-Youth Boys 100 Meter Dash and 22.39 in the Sub-Youth Boys 200 Meter Dash.
The winners of the 2011 Joel Ferrell Award for the Field events were Kendell Williams and Daniel Richardson.
Kendell Williams is a 16 year old athlete who participates with The Heat TC of Kennesaw, Georgia. Kendall placed 1st in the Intermediate Girls 100 Meter Hurdles with a time of 13.66 and finished 2nd in the 400 Meter Hurdles with a time of 59.46. She also received gold medals in the Intermediate Girls Long Jump with a distance of 19-7.5 and in the High Jump with a height of 5-10. In addition, Kendell broke a National Record in the Intermediate Girls Heptathlon with 5170 points.
Daniel Richardson, of Team Raw, is a 13 year old athlete from Bakersfield, California. Daniel earned 3 gold medals at the 2011 AAU Junior Olympic Games. In the Sub-Youth Boys Discus he threw for a distance of 151-2 and in the Javelin he threw for a distance of 125-11. He also won 1st in the Sub-Youth Boys Outdoor Pentathlon with a score of 2877.