Several Natchitoches youth took home medals for their performances at the AAU Junior Olympics in Humble, Texas Aug. 5. Mayor Ronnie Williams recognized them at the City Council meeting Monday.
The Natchitoches Recreation Dept., athletes competed with 12,000 young athletes at the AAU National Track and Field Meet Aug. 5 in Humble, Texas. When the City Council recognized the athletes at the City Council meeting Monday, Coach Davin White said the track and field program is “changing the lives of these kids.” “This is the best track and field program in the state,” White said of the multiple winners who won several medals with 13 qualifying for nationals. Four placed as All-Americans. The top eight athletes received medals and were named All-American. To qualify for nationals, athletes had to qualify at the district and regional meets to advance to the national meet.
The four All-Americans are Ava Moses, second place in 11 year-old-long jump; Demarion Sowell, seventh place in the 17-year-old triple jump; Marquez Stevenson, 17-year-old 200 and 400 meter; and Braylen Demars, sixth in 18-year-old 200 and 400 meters. White said many of the young people will some day compete in Division I colleges and universities. Participating were Ava Moses, Isabella Clark, Jada Johnson, Kimberly Cain, Antonio Brown, Braylen Dumars, Demarion Sowell, Derrick Sowell, Jayden Johnson, Joey Carpenter, Latrell Frederick Jr., Joe Duirden and Marquez Stevenson. Coaches included White, Donald Brown, Tameisha Fredrick, Scott Maggio and Jacarious Jeter,