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Tiny track stars soar indoors

Young track stars from the local primary and elementary schools who make up a team known as Georgia Horsepower had stellar results in the TFCUSA Indoor National Championships over the weekend in Birmingham. The speedsters range in age from 6-10 and are coached by LCHS track coach James Hickenbotham. Makayla Watts, who is ranked #5 in the nation, won the 400 meters, breaking the meet record with a time of 68.48. ’She would have been in the top eight at our high school region meet this past year with that time,’ Hickenbotham said of Watts who is nine years old. Watts was also second in the long jump. Christian Sullivan was first in the 60 meters and standing long jump. She now holds the meet record for the 60 meters. She is six. The 4×200 meter relay team of Harmony Flewellen, Alonah Williams, Juliana Gotell and Watts took first place with a time of 2:14 which was also a meet record. Landon Hamrick was third in the long jump, fifth in the 60 meters and fifth in the 200 meters. Walt Wallace was eighth in the 60 meters, ninth in the 200 meters and seventh in the long jump. Gotell was second in the shot put and sixth in the long jump. Flewellen was eighth in the 200 meters. The team will continue to train with an eye on the AAU and USATF championships which begin in June.

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