Wednesday, August 06, 2008
News staff writer
Athletes from the Hoover-based Speed City track and field program earned the team's first two gold medals last week in Detroit at the national AAU Junior Olympics.
Speed City captured a program-record 14 total medals, which are awarded to the top eight performers in each event, during the trip north.
We doubled the number of medals from last year, said former Alabama and NFL star Bobby Humphrey, who helps coach Speed City with his wife, Barbara.
Speed City's two gold medals were awarded to the Humphreys children. Marlon Humphrey won the boys midget pentathlon, which tests an athlete's durability in a number of track and field events. Marion Humphrey won the boys sub-bantam 800 meter run with a time of 2:29.45.
Two other Humphreys also earned medals in Detroit. Maudrecus Humphrey, a junior wide receiver on the Hoover High football team, finished fourth in both the boys intermediate 200 meter dash and 400 meter dash. Brieona Humphrey earned a bronze medal after finishing third in the girls youth triple jump, while her sister, Brittley, finished fifth in the girls bantam long jump.
Kyle Harrell of Calera earned two medals after finishing sixth in the boys bantam 100 meter dash and eighth in the 200 meter dash. Andrew Harris came home with two medals, including an impressive performance in the boys youth 800 meter run. Harris finished sixth in the finals after leading the field following preliminaries with a time of 2:05.05. Harris finished sixth despite improving his time by a little over two seconds in the final.
Bob and his wife knew the trip to Detroit would be successful.
(Coach Barb) was very excited about the athletes she was taking, Humphrey said. She was also very excited about the results. The kids really worked hard.
Athletes from Blues City Runners also participated in the AAU Junior Olympics. The boys midget 4x800 meter relay team of Gavin Allen, Cameron Hall, Terry Alvin and Ronnie Clark paced Blues City with a 16th-place finish. Allen also finished 28th in the boys 3,000-meter run, while Clark finished 43rd in the 200-meter dash