The Waza Track Club brought its largest group to a national championship meet with 22 athletes making the trip to Des Moines, Iowa, July 27 through Aug. 2.
Waza Track Club attended the AAU Junior Olympics National ChampionshipTrack and Field meet July 27 through Aug. 2 in Des Moines, Iowa.
The club brought its largest group to a national championship meet with 22 athletes making the trip and matched last year’s performance with three AAU All-Americans in six total events.
For the fourth consecutive year, James Weekley (15-16, Farmington Hills) led the club with outstanding performances in his three races. Weekley set personal records in the 800 (2:01.45), 1,500 (4:09.01) and 3,000 (9:06). He finished as an All-American in the 1,500 (fourth) and 3,000 (third).
Victoria Heiligenthal (14, Commerce) followed up her cross country All-America performance with All-America performances in the 1,500 and 3,000. She set personal records in both races with times of 4:58.88 and 10:47. In the 1,500, her time improved from her national qualifier performance by more than 10 seconds and she improved her AAU national ranking from 11th to fifth. In the 3,000, her time improved by more than 35 seconds and her national ranking improved from sixth to second.
In his first national level competition, Akshay Reddy (11, Commerce) set personal records in the 800 (2:23.52) and the 3,000 (10:36.02). His performances in the 1,500 (sixth) and the 3,000 (fifth) earned him All-America status. His 3,000 time was an improvement of more than 20 seconds from his qualifying mark and he moved up in national rank from seventh to fifth place in the event.
Most remaining athletes achieved personal records at Jr. Olympics, with a few just missing All-America status.
Saanvi Reddy (9, Commerce) in the 800 (3:16.7) moved up in national ranking from 74th to 68th. In the 1,500 (6:41.62) moved up in national ranking from 37th to 33rd.
Allison Deep (8, Milford) gained 14 spots in the rankings to 37th in the 100 (15.97) and 23 spots to 48th in the 200 (33.83).
Zoe Morrow (8, Farmington Hills) went from 81st to 58th in the 100 (16.44) and jumped 29 spots to 61st in the 200 (34.48).