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Aaron Hicks is dead set on reaching the USA Track and Field Hershey Junior Olympics Championships again and this time he could be accompanied by his cousin Shimar Williams.
Both youngsters qualified for the USATF Region 3 Junior Olympics Championship meet with top-3 finishes at the North Carolina USATF Junior Olympic Championships June 20-22 at Durham County Memorial Stadium in Durham.
Representing the Wilson Track and Field Club that is a program of Wilson Parks and Recreation Department, Williams, 7, placed third in the 8U Boys 200-meter dash. His time of 31.94 seconds was off his personal-record pace of 30.35 that he set at the Jim Law Invitational in Charlotte on June 15-16 but it was good enough to earn a spot in the Region 3 championships July 5-8 in Landover, Maryland. Finishing first was Connor Allen in 30.79 seconds while Jayden Lott of Bull City Express was second in 31.86.
Williams placed 11th in the 100 dash preliminaries with a time of 15.10 seconds.
Hicks, who reached the Junior Olympic national meet in the 800 run last summer, qualified in the 400 dash this time. The 8-year-old placed third in the 8-U Boys 400 in 1 minute, 14.89 seconds. First place went to Truth Caesar of Carolina Allstars Track and Field in 1:10.82 while Raymond Johnson of Fayetteville Flyers was second in 1:14.89.
Hicks qualified for the 400 finals with a lap of 1:17.13 in the prelims. He just missed landing a berth in the Region 3 meet in the 800 as he finished fifth in 2:56.60, less than a second behind third-place finisher Abel Pendergrass of Rolesville Lightning in 2:55.76. Caesar won the 800 as well, finishing in 2:47.95.
The competition was stiffer for Hicks in 2019 as he placed fourth at the Region 16 championship meet in Greensboro last July with a time of 3:06.5. That sent Hicks to the USATF Hershey Junior Olympic Championships in Greensboro, where he finished 47th out of 58 with a time of 3:02.01.
Several other competitors from Wilson Track and Field Club had top-10 finishes at the North Carolina USATF Junior Olympics Championships. Aceshon Jefferson placed seventh in the Ages 9-10 Boys 100 dash in 14.31 while Delarin Finch was eighth in the Ages 9-10 Boys 200 dash in 28.96.
In the Ages 11-12 Boys 800 run, Peyton Wilson placed eighth in 2:51.73 while WTFC teammate Isreal Taylor was 10th in 3:05.36. Wilson was 10th in the 11-12 Boys 1,500 run in 5:58.00.
Nizejay Anderson finished seventh in the 17-18 Girls 100 dash in 13.20 and 10th in the 200 dash in 27.79. Starkashia Anderson was 10th in the 13-14 Girls 800 run in 2:59.82.
Also competing for Wilson Track and Field at the Junior Olympics state championships were Charles Anderson, Jamir Forbes, Malachi Taylor, Corey Atkinson, Destiny Anderson, Morgan Cherry, Serenity Frieson, Dashanti Perry, Shimauri Williams, Abby Griswold, Aliha Habana, Mireici Mariche and Messiah Lavender.
At the Jim Law Invitational meet at UNC Charlotte on June 15-16, Williams led the way for Wilson Track and Field as he placed third in the 8U Boys 200 dash in at PR time of 30.35 seconds. Williams also placed 13th out of 86 in the 100 dash in 15.61.
Hicks was eighth in the 8U Boys 400 dash prelims in 1:19.41.
Jefferson finished 13th out of 66 in the 9-10 Boys 100 in 14.54 and he was 15th out of 56 in the 200 dash in 30.70.
Also competing for Wilson Track and Field at the Jim Law Invitational were Isiah Chalablee, Charles Anderson, Corey Atkinson, Destiny Anderson, Dashanti Perry, Shimauri Williams, Abby Griswold, Aliha Habana, Mireici Mariche and Messiah Lavender.