Trevon Weaver of North Platte runs at Adams Middle School recently. Weaver is one of five Nebraska children who qualified for the Hershey's Track & Field Games North American Final in Hershey, Penn.

Trevon Weaver of North Platte runs at Adams Middle School recently. Weaver is one of five Nebraska children who qualified for the Hershey's Track & Field Games North American Final in Hershey, Penn.

In many ways, Trevon Weaver is a typical 12-year-old boy.

He's big into sports, enjoys video games and amusement parks. Plus, he likes to hang out with his friends.

In other ways, Weaver isn't a typical 12-year-old.

Weaver, who could easily pass for 14 or 15, recently ran 13.12 in the 100-meter dash to qualify for the Hershey Track & Field North American Final in Hershey, Penn. The event is the largest youth track meet in the nation.

Weaver is one of just five Nebraska youth to qualify for the meet and the only one from western Nebraska. He qualified in a region that included the states of Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska and two Canadian provinces.

Football is my sport, Weaver said recently when he, along with his mother, Sarah Roth, sat down for an interview. I'm a running back.

I've been to some football camps this summer.

Roth said this was her son's third Hershey's regional meet.

This was his third meet, but first time he qualified, Roth said.

According to Weaver, he hasn't done much to prepare for his first national meet.

Not really, he laughed. I have run some and trained a little, but I haven't done much.

The 12-year-old admits he could run faster, but he's a little slow on his starts.

We don't use the [starting] blocks, Weaver said. When I qualified, I stumbled a little on the start, so I know I can run faster.

For Roth, she's a little worried about her son's separation from her and her husband, Travis.

This will be his first airplane ride without mom, Roth said. We'll be going out separately.

According to Roth, Weaver's plane arrives in Harrisburg, Penn., on Aug. 4. Her son will also enjoy a water park, amusement park and tour of the Hershey's chocolate factory while at the meet.

I'm going for both, Weaver replied when asked if he was going for the vacation fun, or to try and win a meet. I'm going to enjoy myself, but I want to win.

No one wants to lose.

For Weaver, while the Hershey meet is exciting, it's not his first love.

I'm fast, he said. But you should see me on the football field. I'm really fast.

As quick as he is, it won't be long before North Platte High School coaches are seeing him on a regular basis.

The 100-yard dash final will be held Aug. 6 at the Henry Hershey Field on the campus of the Milton Hershey School. The national meet is in its 34th year.