Deltona youth shines at Jr. Olympics


Last update: August 24, 2005

While many 8-year-olds are trying out various sports activities to see which ones they're good at, Alex Edwards seems to have already found his niche -- running.

The young Deltona resident proved that point at two track and field championships this summer. He earned two medals at the American Athletics Union (AAU) Region 4 state qualifier, which took place at the University of Florida in Gainesville June 23-26.

He took the gold medal for his age group in the 200-meter dash and placed second in the 100-meter dash, qualifying him for the AAU national event in July.

After competing in the AAU's Junior Olympic Games July 30 to Aug. 6 in New Orleans, Alex returned home with two bronze medals. One was awarded for a 14.71-second showing in the primary boys division 100-meter dash. The other was for his 29.70-second clocking in the 200-meter dash.

It was his fastest time ever, said his mother, Alexis Edwards, of his 200 performance. He beat his personal best.

According to his mother, Alex has been competing in AAU competitions for approximately three years. The third-grader started out running with the New Hope Striders track team for a couple of years prior to joining the Florida Elite Track Club in Orlando. Alex currently competes as an individual in AAU events.