August 22, 2012 - Alyssa Bey and Kayla Russell made a run for the 46th USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships.
Alyssa Bey and Kayla Russell at the Junior Olympics. Photo submitted (click for larger version)
They were on the 400-meter relay team and the 1,600-meter relay team.
They won the state level and the regional meet in Ohio before they advanced to the Junior Olympics, held July 23-29 at Hughes Stadium at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland.
They ran the 400-meter relay run in 50.96 and the 1,600-meter relay in 4:08, both were the team's best.
They even knocked 19 seconds off their 4x400 time and they were running in temperatures over 100 degrees.
Forty-five teams from around the nation made it to the Junior Olympics for each relay.
Bey and Russell helped their other teammates by finishing 10th overall in the 4x400 and 14th in the 4x100 event.
They joined the track club in early July and had less than a month to train.
They are looking forward to training with the team and coaches more to continue to improve their times.
Both begin their freshman year at Clarkston Junior High School in September. They both broke two school records when they were eighth graders in track. They also play on the junior high basketball team and a travel basketball team.
They are also honor roll students.
The USATF Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships is the most visible youth athletic development program in the world.
Many of today's Olympic stars began their track and field careers competing in the USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships.
Entry for this championship is based on athlete performances at preliminary, Association, and Regional levels of the 2012 USATF Junior Olympic Program.
For more information, visit the USATF website at www.usatf.org.