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God's Speed track team preparing for Junior Olympics

Posted at 9:47 PM, Jul 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-17 09:49:38-04

Twenty-nine members of the God's Speed Track and Field team will hit the lanes in Sacramento, California at the USA Track and Field Junior Olympic Championships.

"It's big," 17-year-old Amir Hunter said.  "I get to say that I went to California and competed against the best competition in the country."

Hunter will compete in the 100-meter dash as well as the 4x100 relay, which he helped guide to a Gold Medal at the regional meet.

Many are first timers, like 7-year-old Autumn Nelson, who is a member of the 4x100 relay team.

"Sometimes when I run, my stomach gets nervous," she said. "Sometimes when I run it feels like a dog is trying to chase me and I'm running really fast and then when I'm done, I'm happy that I don't have to run until another race."

Others, like Miquela Hunter, are no stranger to the Junior Olympics. The 13-year-old will be running for the third straight year and is fresh off a Gold Medal performance in the 200-meter race in regional qualifying action.

"It's very exciting," Miquela Hunter said.  "It makes me feel like I've accomplished something."

With the Rio Olympics just three weeks away, there are dreams of Gold not only at the Junior Games, but one day representing the United States on the biggest stage in the world.

"Maybe if I push myself even harder then maybe the 2020 Olympics might be an option. If I push myself, stay focused and focus on what I want to be able to get to."

The Tapestry speedster will compete in the 100-meter and 200-meter races.

To help support the God's Speed Track Team visit their GoFundMe Page: God's Speed 2016

The meet runs from July 26-July 31.