By Chris Goltermann

The Times-Herald

Before she left for New Orleans and the AAU Junior Olympic Games, Kemor Anderson said that there was a definite time standard that Quad City Striders coach Lance Courtney had in mind for her 400-meter relay team to beat if they were going to leave with a medal.

They came close enough.

The Northgate sophomore joined a pair of Fayette County varsity standouts as well as one from North Clayton High in finishing third in the Intermediate Girls relay. Running a season-best time of 47.07 seconds, Anderson and her teammates were a second under Courtney's goal, but still managed to finish among the top three in the national event.

We've hit a 46 twice before, she said of the relay, where she's been running the second leg. (Coach) is hoping we can hit a 46.3.

The foursome, which also included North Clayton junior Lorenda Holston, Fayette County sophomore Tajana Habersham and Sandy Creek junior Victoria Parker had the fourth fastest qualifying time on Friday to reach the finals, finishing in 47.50.

They then bettered that mark on Saturday, with entries from Track Houston Youth Track and Fort Lauderdale Track Club able to pull ahead in a close finish. The Houston foursome won in 46.72, followed by the Fort Lauderdale team in 46.91.

The Quad City Striders' 3,200-meter relay in the Young Men division won the national title, while its 1,600-meter lineup placed fifth overall.

Heritage School junior Chase Parker also competed in last week's Junior Olympic Heptathlon.