Jabari Perry-Vann wins three golds

All sorts of summer sports activities are under way as coaches seek many way to keep the young athletes cool as they practice and compete. One youngster is probably soaking his feet after his performances at the USA Track & Field Georgia Association Junior Olympics Track & Field Preliminary (Area B) meet on June 4 in Locust Grove at Strong Rock Christian Academy.

Jabari Perry-Vann, competing in the Midget Division (12 years old), won the long jump with a jump of 16 feet, 7 inches and won the 100 and 200 meters, respectively, with times of 12.84 and 25.86 seconds.

“I was not able to be close enough to see the jump, but from a distance I knew he had a spectacular jump,” said coach Timothy Kemp.

Jabari later came back and won both short sprint events, running away from the field.

“He had jumped 16 feet before, but at the GRPA state meet last month in Carrollton, he managed to jump more than 14 feet to place second.

“Jabari works very hard in practice and the practice the past two weeks has paid off,” Kemp said. “Now, we are hoping that he can go on to the USATF Georgia Association State Junior Olympics in two weeks at Starrs Mill High School in an attempt to qualify for the USATF Region 3 Outdoor Track & Field Championship at Mill Creek High School on July 7-10.”

Jabari was joined by Monroe Area High School sprinters Javianne Oliver, who placed third in the 200 meters and fourth in the 400 meters in the Young Women’s Division. Demek Kemp (Intermediate Division) was second in the 200, Kwan Brooks (Young Men Division) placed third in the 200 and Austin Chapman, from Walnut Grove, finished third in the 100.

These athletes are members of TK’s Electro Track & Field Club. The club currently has 17 members ranging form age 6 to 18 years of ag