Two athletes medal at the Junior Olympics

Show Up and Show Out medal in two events

VICTORIA, Texas– The Show Up and  Show Out track team out of Victoria sent ten kids to the Junior Olympics. Two of them came back with medals.

Averie Barefiled got sixth place in shot-put with a throw of 38 seven-in-a-quarter. She said her dad always pushes her and works with her in preparation for competitions.

She hopes to achieve a personal record of 45. Averie said she gained knowledge of competition from her experience at the Junior Olympics.

“Definitely to push myself a lot harder than I did. The competition definitely made me want to work harder to reach farther and get a personal record.”

Averie is looking forward to next year and working on getting a higher medal either third second or first place..

Keiyanah Lee placed eight in the 13- year old girls long jump competition.

Keiyana has some high expectations for the Junior Olympics next year as she hopes to run college times for the 400 and jump farther in the long jump. She worked hard to get to where she is and dedicates her medal to someone very special.

“You got to practice out here because practice is harder than the real track meet. I’m dedicating this medal to my sister. I want her to know that she can do this.  I let her take it (the medal) through surgery so that she knows that I’m there with her.”

Keiyanahs younger sister Keimryn is battling Osteosarcoma and the team ran this season with a bigger purpose as they dedicated their hard work to her.

Show Up and Show Out coach Boobie said that all the hard work they put in paid off at the right time. He said the Junior Olympics helped them realize anything is possible.

“That they can overcome anything. They competed against the best in the United States and to hear their name called and representing the city of Victoria Texas is everything.”

Coach Boobie said with the experience they gained this year, they know what to expect and how much work they need to put in for next year.