Northgate's Anderson to make fourth trip to Junior Olympics

By DOUG GORMAN

dgorman@newnan.com

(This is the second in a series of stories on local athletes headed to the Junior Olympics later this summer in Texas.)

Northgate’s Kemoy Anderson hopes to add the title “doctor” to her name someday.

With plans of going to medical school to be a pediatrician, Anderson is one ambitious young woman.

The rising high school junior plans to use track and field to achieve those dreams by eventually earning an athletic scholarship, getting her undergraduate degree and then heading off to study medicine.

Before fulfilling those long-range goals, she still has some, more immediate plans.

The Northgate High School sprinter is getting ready to make her fourth trip to the AAU Junior Olympics later this summer in Humble, Texas. She has grown a little bit each time she has competed at the national event.

“It’s different because each year you run against faster people, but that makes me push myself even harder and become more determined, she said.

Her mother, Carolyn, sees the fire in her daughter’s eyes each time she steps on the track.

“She’s naturally talented,” her mom said. “I really pushed her to start running track and I think it dawned on her that she could really do this.”

Anderson has been competing in the sport since she was in the second grade, but lacing up her track shoes never gets old.

“I like competing and just getting better each year and improving my times,” she said.

Anderson moved to Georgia three years ago from Florida and has turned into one of the Lady Vikings’ top runners.

“I just love running at Northgate,” she said. “I like being a team leader.”

Anderson stepped up big for the Lady Vikings this past season, capturing the 100- and 200-meter races at the annual Coweta County Championships.

She also took second place in the long jump and helped the team’s 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams to a second-place finish.

The only thing still missing from her growing track and field resume is a GHSA state title.

Anderson just failed to make it to the finals in the 100 and 200 meters and watched as her team came up just short in the 4x400 meters. That left her more determined than ever to make it back this year.

“We came so close in the 4x400, we just didn’t run our best,” she said. "That was probably the most disappointing thing of all. We had broke the school record three times this year, and wanted to do better.”

Anderson has improved her track status by also competing with the Peachtree City Pioneers.

“It’s a good team because you have different coaches that are specialized in different areas. It can only help me get better,” she said.

Anderson has only been with the AAU squad for a year but has already noticed improvements.

“My times have already improved and that’s all I can ask for,” she said.

With her improvement comes higher expectations.

“I just want to go out there and do my best, but I want to also come back with a medal. I got one last year with the relay team when we finished third, but now I want to win one in an individual event.”

Anderson hopes her achievements on the track will begin catching the attention of college recruiters.

“I want to go to Florida or I want to go to Florida State,” she said. “I just am going to keep working toward making it to college.”

Regardless, she knows she couldn’t get anywhere without her mom.

“She has been my biggest supporter,” she said. “She is just always there for me.”

With two more years of high school track and college competition, her future is bright, Then, if all goes right, it will be on to medical school with one quick detour.

“My biggest goal is to make it to the Olympics,” she said.

Her biggest fan is convinced she can make it.

“She works so hard,” Carolyn said. “She wants to get there, and I think she can.”