LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Lexington Blazin’ Cats have been kept on their toes this season with issues finding tracks to practice on due to COVID-19 health concerns. Despite these challenges, the team has achieved a remarkable feat. Twenty-seven of the team’s athletes ranging from 8 to 18 years old have qualified to compete in the Junior Olympics.
“Whatever we can use to make our athletes better is what we do and sometimes we use non-traditional methods,” says assistant track coach Jewel L. Duncan. “We use body work, a lot of body work, a lot of speed work, sometimes it’s not on the track , they run up and down hills and then use each other’s body to do squats and other things to make them stronger.”
And what are some of these young athletes most excited for?
“Man I’d say it’s probably just going there to compete,” says high jump competitor Jayden Channer. “It’s the Junior Olympics, everyone wants to be there. It’s gonna be an amazing time.”
Though track and field is usually an individual sport, the Lexington Blazin’ Cats are excited to share this experience together. The Junior Olympics are being held in Houston from July 31st until August 7th. To catch a glimpse of these amazing young athletes before they leave, they will be running at the fourth annual Trinity Gay Invitational on July 24th at Frederick Douglass High School in Lexington. It’s the group’s largest fundraiser each year.
The cost to send the qualifying athletes to the Junior Olympics in Texas is high, so in addition to the Trinity Gay Memorial Classic, a GoFundMe page has been set up as well to help pay for the trip. To visit the GoFundMe page, click here.