By Ken Jackson
An Osceola County-based track club has been busy piling up the awards.
Charger Elite, an Osceola County-based track club started up by Liberty High track coach Alfonza “Mickey” Smith, is for ages 5-18, and competes outside of the school season.
“My whole purpose for starting this club was to raise the culture of track and field in Osceola County,” he said.
Charger Elite just competed at the Club National meet held at Disney ESPN Wide World of Sports last week, and featured five medalists. In the primary national championship, five-year-old Amara Jasper placed fifth in the triathlon and Alanna Smith won first place in the 8-year-old long jump with a jump of 11′- 6.75″.
In the club national championship, Kimora Jennings-Blanton placed sixth in the 11-year-old 80 meter hurdles with a time of 14.21. Christelle Bonzil, who jumped at the Class 3A state meet, placed third in the 17-18 triple jump with a jump of 37′-2.75″, and Alanna Smith placed 5th in the 8-and-under long jump with a jump of 11′- 5″.
Charger Elite has qualified for the Junior Olympics at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, beginning July 29. The athletes qualified through prior AAU district and regional meets, Smith said.
“This meet will consist of the best kids in the country for track and field and we’re hoping to bring back a few medals,” he said. “But medal or no medal, we’re very proud of our kids and we will definitely be going to represent Osceola County to the fullest.”
The club has started a GoFundMe account — Charger Elite to Nationals — to help defray the cost of the trip to Iowa.