- Who: Howard and Summor Fields
- Ages: Howard, a sixth grader at Lake Olympia Middle School, is 12, while older sister Summor, a ninth-grader at Hightower High School, is 15.
- AccompLishments: Howard and Summor each broke national records at the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Indoor Junior Olympic National Championship, held at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Ill. in March.
They may be running track, but a Fort Bend ISD brother and sister are making sure that Fields is on everybody's mind.
Howard Fields, a sixth grader at Lake Olympia Middle School, and Summor Fields, a Hightower High School ninth grade student, each broke national records at the Amateur Athletic Union Indoor Junior Olympic National Championship, held at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois in March
Howard earned a gold medal by breaking the national record in the 400-meter dash with a time of 58.25 seconds, and also in the 200-meter race with a time of 26.32. Summor earned a gold medal in the 4x4-meter relay race as she and her team finished with a time of 3 minutes, 59 seconds. Summor also received bronze medals after placing third in the nation in the 200-meter dash and the 400-meter dash.
That was just the latest medal haul for the duo. Last August, Howard and Summor competed at the AAU Outdoor Junior Olympic National Championship Meet at Norfolk State University in Virginia and earned medals. Howard earned two goldsafter setting new records in the 400-meter dash with a time of 57.2 seconds and in the 800-meter dash with a time of 2:17. Summer earned a silver medal and placed second in the nation in the 400-meter dash, with a time of 56.8. She also led the 4X400 relay team in setting a new record and taking the gold.
Qualifying for the finals in individual races was Summor's goal for the past two years, but she always come up a step or two short. She has always made it to Nationals in the open 100, 200 and 400 races but never qualified for the finals.
She ran in a relay event and won, but she wanted to get her own individual win. said her mother, Martha Fields. When she first started running it was just train, train, train. Summor would say everything is training. Her dad would tell her you get what you put into the sport. You have to work hard; you can't wait until you get to the track meet and decide I'm going to start running fast.
In the Virginia outdoor meet everybody was running in the low 58s. Her previous time was a high 58.
When she ran, she ran a 57.01, the fastest she has ever run, Martha Fields said. We were excited that she made the finals and the next day she got second in the finals, 56.8. The look on her face told the story: 'I did it.'
Summor is a member of the Hightower varsity team, one of only three freshmen on the squad. She runs the 200 and 400 meter dash, 800 meter relay and the 1600 meter relay were she has been the anchor leg.
Coach (Andreama) Graham needs me to continue to work hard because she has high hopes for me, Summor said.
Howard, 12, does not run on the Lake Olympia track team, as only seventh and eighth graders can participate in sports. However, breaking track records is not something new to him. In addition to the AAAU outdoor marks he set last August, he won the gold in the 800-meters with a time of 2:17, missing the record by a foot step.
His mother describes him as very consistent and competitive.
He never complains, very quiet, mild mannered, Martha Fields said. He always looks back at what they did (results) last year, who does he need to beat, pre planning. He always wants to know what the record-breaking time is, not the winning time, but the record-breaking time. His goal is to break the record.
Both Summor and Howard are hoping to one day represent the United States at the Olympics, and given their success so far, it wouldn't be wise to bet against them.