What To Watch For At This Weekends AAU National Qualifiers

Region 18


This region is the Dallas region and you know they will have some burners in it.

First thing, Don't overlook the North Texas Jackrabbits. They have girls of all ages that can run from the sprints to the distances.

Jonathan Simms is Mr. AAU. Sims runs for Impact Track Club and he has been on fire for several years. He set the 9 year old AAU national record in the 400 in 2016. Last year, he set the 10 year old age group 800m record. Another year brings another record or two for Simms to shoot for. He has already run 26.19 in the 200m, 55.92 in the 400m, and 2:15.87, which are all PRs...Yes, this young man is already on FIRE!

Amelliah Birdow from Cedar Hill Blaze is looking to get back to the AAU national meet. She finished 9th last year in both the 400m and the 800m and she ran 2:18.29 as a 13 year old. Now a 14 year old, she is taking on the 200m and the 400m to tap more into her speed. Birdow has run 25.65 and 57.12 this season. She should be one of the top competitors this weekend.

Deja Shaw (XpressTrackClub) 15-16-year-olds - She was 3rd last year at the AAU National Club Championship 24.18 (+2.3). She is entered in the 100m and 200m this year at the Region 18 meet.

Harrison Manuel of Team Quest is one of Texas many big time hurdlers. He was fourth at the UIL 6A state meet in the 110H and he is entered in both the 110s and the 400H.


Caleb Boger (MFBCStriders) 17-18-year-old age group  - He was 9th in the UIL State Meet 200m in 2017 and won last year's AAU Junior Olympics in the 100m 10.79 (+2.0) and 200m 21.36 (-1.2).

At this years region meet he's entered in the 100m and 200m. He lives just East of Dallas in Mesquite.

Mariah Ayers (TRACKDYNAMITE) 17-18 year-old age group - Has been to the UIL State meet the past two year in the 200m, she was 3rd this year and 4th last year. She was the AAU Junior Olympic Game runner up in the 200m in 2017, she ran 24.01 and she finished 5th in 2016 running 24.19 (+0.3).
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