Willingboro Track Club shines at AAU Jr. Nationals


PHOTO: Willingboro High School graduate and 1996 Olympian Lamont Smith poses with members of the Willingboro Track Club's 9 Girls relay team)

By Phil Anastasia

The Willingboro Track Club, which was formed in 1968 by Bill and Evelyn Lewis, the parents of future Olympians Carl and Carol Lewis, saw many of its athletes perform well at the AAU Junior Nationals at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, July 28-Aug. 2.

Among the many medal winners for the club was
Semaj Strong, who placed second in the 1500 in 9 Girls and also ran on a 4x400 team that took third and included Ananda Daniel, A'lesia Mendez and Nyjah Smarr.

Robert Conyer took 7th in the 400 meters and third in the 800 meters in 9 Boys.

Devon Bembridge took fifth in the 400 meters and second in the 800 meters in 12 Boys.

The 4x800 meter relay team of Rahmier Patterson, Devon Bembridge, Valdon Daniel and Joshua Jean-Baptiste took third in in 11-12 Boys competition.

Vincent Brown took eighth in the 400 meters in 13 Boys.

Zavian Bell took fifth in the 400 meter hurdles and fifth in the 110 hurdles in 15-16 Boys.

In the same age category, Isiah Jean-Baptiste took third in the 1500 meters (4:07.96) and also ran 1:59.49 in the trials of the 800 meters.

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