The Coastal Georgia Track Team, with several youth participants from Richmond Hill and surrounding areas, recently competed in a highly-competitive meet in Taylors, SC consisting of 3,000 kids from Georgia and South Carolina.
Eighteen of these local athletes qualified for the AAU Junior Olympics, to be held July 27-August 3 in Greensboro, NC.
Two of these athletes, Samaya Scranton and John Dodson, both of Richmond Hill, were named Region 8 champions.
The team consists of athletes ages 5-16.
Each of the qualifiers had to finish in the top six of their perspective events.
The Richmond Hill qualifiers were:
Kyree Hall, 800m/shot put
Samaya Scranton, 400m/800m
Zion Smithbey, discus
Tilman Smithbey, 80m hurdles
Shawn Johnson, 4x800m relay
Kiale Kehoe, 4x800m relay
Jasai Taylor, 4x800m relay
Kendrick Joshua, 100m, 200m, 4x100m
Kemon Dobson, 4x800m relay
Kason Hall, shot put
John Dodson, 1500m/300m
Caeylin Menzie, shot put, turbo javelin, 1500m racewalk
Dervante Menzie, high jump
Jayden Taylor, 800m/4x100m
Qualifiers from outside Richmond Hill included Danielle Knox, 1500m/3000m, Artevion Walker, 100m/200m, Timothy Alston Jr., 4x100m, discus, pentathlon, and Jaylen Irish, 100m/200m/4x100m.