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Georgetown ISD Students Take on the Junior Olympics

Four students from Georgetown ISD made it to the national competition level this summer for track and field, following their success at district and regional events. In order to qualify for the Junior Olympics, competitors must place top six at the South Texas Regional in San Antonio. 

 Success was possible, in part, from support through a local summer program: GT Speed, an AAU Summer Track Club that served  18 GISD students ages seven to 17. The students are trained by Head Coach Matt Walker, Assistant Coach Grover Moore, and Assistant Coach Leslie Walker. Leslie is a third grade teacher at Frost Elementary and saw firsthand the interest that many students expressed in track and field, which gave her the idea to start GT Speed with her husband, Matt.  

 “I knew students that wanted to try track, and I wanted to give some students in our community a place to stay busy over the summer,” said Leslie. ” A lot of our GT Speed kids even get to travel. Three of the children that went to San Antonio this summer had never left Georgetown before.”

 Out of the 18 GISD students in the track club, 13 of them advanced from the AAU Austin City Championship to the South Texas Regional Qualifier. Four GISD students placed in the top six in their individual competitions and advanced onto the Junior Olympics, the largest national multi-sport event for youth in the United States, which took place at Turner Stadium in Houston. Three of Leslie and Matt Walker’s children, Field, Shepherd, and Jett, were among those that advanced to the Junior Olympics. 

 “It’s exciting to see these kids compete, and I’m so proud,” said Leslie “They are always very grateful for the opportunity.” 

This is not the first year that students in GT Speed have made it to the Junior Olympics. In 2016, current Georgetown High School student Isaiah Justice ranked nationally at the Junior Olympics. Leslie met Isaiah when he was in fifth grade, and he had never run track before. He is one of the many students who have found a lasting interest in track and field through the program. 

 “The kids in GT Speed definitely look forward to continuing track and field in their high school sports,” Leslie said. 

 

2021 AAU Junior Olympics Rankings

 

Field Walker, 6th Grade at Benold Elementary 

Competitions: 100m, 200m, and Long Jump

Field finished 3rd in the Nation for Long Jump in his age division

 

Shepherd Walker, 4th Grade at Frost Elementary

Competitions: 200m, Long Jump

Shepherd finished 10th in the nation for Long Jump in his age division.

 

Reegan Torosion, 8th Grade at Benold Middle School

Competitions: 200m Hurdles

 

Jett Walker, 8th Grade at Benold Middle School

Competitions: qualified for 400m, but was not able to compete. 

 

We are GISD proud of these student athletes and their accomplishments on the track!