Kennedy Warren could possibly be described as a team of one, but that is really not the case. The Peaster seventh-grade student has coaches, workout partners and a booster club, all rolled into a couple of packages referred to as her parents.
Running unattached, Warren has dedicated most of her summer to track & field training and competition. She runs the 100-meter and 200-meter hurdles and also participates in the long jump.
The hard work has paid off for the 12-year old, who has qualified her way to all three events at the American Amateur Union (AAU) Junior Olympics National Championships.
The nation-wide competition will be held at Turner Stadium in Humble, July 28 through Aug. 3. At the qualifier meet, Kennedy had third-place finishes in the hurdles and a fifth in her field event.
Although not associated with a track club, Warren has worked out with Weatherford's Mach I TC, who is competing in the USATF version of the Junior Nationals.
Kennedy competes in the Sub-Youth Division, which is comprised of girls born in 1999, regardless of their school grade. This year is the first year of track competition for Kennedy.
Her mom is a high school coach, and her dad runs local 5k events, so she has done a good bit of running prior to organized track competition.