Four local athletes from the Team Elite Track Club will represent the area in the USA Track and Field (USATF) Region 3 Southeast Regional Championships in Landover, Md. starting today and continuing through Sunday.
Two of the four, Brooklyn Woodbury and Myia West, are members of the North Surry track team, while the two others are younger athletes who haven’t competed at the high school level yet.
Woodbury, 18, and West, 16, are both competing in the 17-18 young women’s shot put. Woodbury graduated from NSHS in June and signed to join the track and field team at Methodist University shortly before graduation. A Team Elite team member since 2012 under Coach Anthony Smith, she competed under Smith at Meadowview Magnet Middle School. Woodbury won the Western Piedmont Athletic Conference outdoor shot put title in 2015 and 2016, the indoor shot put title in 2016, and placed fourth in 17-18 young women’s shot put this past weekend with a put of 29-5, qualifying her for the regional championships.
West has also been a Team Elite member since 2012. She competed at Meadowview and is a current member of North Surry’s track team. She won the 2014 Foothills Middleschool Conference shot and discus titles and holds the school records in both, is the 2016 WPAC outdoor discus champion, a NCHSAA 2A silver medalist, a 2016 NC Powerade State Game silver medalist, placed fifth in the shot with a 28-6 mark, and fourth in the discus with a throw of 98-6 at the NC USATF State Championships, qualifying for the regional championships.
Joining them are Ja’Aura Fonville, 8, and Kaulin Smith, 14. Fonville is in her first year with Team Elite, while Smith has been a team member since 2012 and currently competes for Meadowview during the school year. Fonville qualified in the 8 and under girl’s shot put, while Smith will be competing in four events, the 13-14 boys’ 100m hurdles, triple jump, high jump, and 200m hurdles.
Fonville placed third in the shot at the Powerade State Games on June 5th with a put of 13’3.5”, and came in fourth in the girls’ shot this past weekend at the NC USATF State Championships with a put of 12’4”, qualifying her to represent North Carolina at the Region 3 Championships.
Smith picked up accolades during the middle school season this past spring. He won the Foothills Conference 110 hurdles title with a new school record, then went on to claim the USATF middle school state title in that event. At the State Games last month, he won the triple jump title for his age group. It wasn’t his first time bringing home gold medals from that event. He won three straight State Games golds in the high jump from 2012-14, and three straight in the hurdles from 2013-15. In last week’s USATF state championships, he placed second in both 100m hurdles and 200m hurdles with times of 15.28 and 28.17, third in the triple jump with a jump of 34’1”, and sixth in the high jump with a height of 4’11”, qualifying for the regional championships in all four events.
Team Elite Track Club was established and operated by head coach Anthony Smith in 2002. Smith says he was inspired to start the team by his years of participating in Junior Olympic track and field on the Meter Masters Track Club under head coach Ron Snow. Smith is also head track and field coach at Meadowview Middle.
In addition to the four athletes who are competing in Maryland this week, three others deserve mention for their performances this summer. Kaniah Robinson of North Surry had her season short due to a hip injury earlier in the season, while Josue Villegas of North Surry Early College placed ninth in the 1500m last week at the USATF State Championships. Matthew Mudd of South Stokes has also competed with Team Elite all season, but could not compete at the state meet due to a prior commitment with his church’s missionary group.