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Eleven of the 12 members of the Momentum track team in Midlothian will be headed to Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa at the end of July to compete in the 2014 Amateur Athletic Union Junior Olympic Games. The non-profit track team was started by retired Army veteran, Alrene Sutton, in 2010 after her and her son were tired of driving to Fort Worth for the sport and decided to create a team closer to their home.
“We ended up driving all around the Dallas-Fort Worth area for a club,” Sutton said. “We live here in Midlothian, so let’s bring that sport here.”
Even though the club practices in Midlothian the team does not consist of only Midlothian students. The team is open to any athlete between the ages of 10 through 18 years old that lives in the southwest region of the DFW Metroplex.
“It’s always a mix of kids, that hear about us and like the program,” said Sutton. “We’ve got kids from Maypearl, kids from Waxahachie, Grand Prairie and Cedar Hill on the team.”
With only 12 members this track team is smaller than most of the other track clubs the team competes against, but Sutton believes that the smaller team means each coach can be more hands-on and personal with their training for the young track stars.
“We value each child we have, and we want to be one-on-one with them,” said Sutton. “We want to make sure every child that comes through our program here has the greatest experience that they possibly can.”
Since the club is a non-profit, the coaches and trainers on the team are all volunteer.
This isn’t the first time the Momentum track club has produced Olympians. Since their beginning in 2010, 41 athletes have become Olympians, including five Olympic medal recipients.
For more information on when, where and how to sign-up, the team’s events calendar and more, visit www.leaguelineup.com/momentumtrack
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