athletics star made the Junior Olympics | Herald Community Newspapers


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Baldwinite Jahzara Emeli, 14, recently traveled to Humble, TX for the Junior Track Olympics, but due to hamstring strain she was unable to participate. Now in physiotherapy, Emeli reflected on her exceptional track career and her plans for the future.

Running for the Baldwin Police Athletic League for three years, Emeli has won all but one race, starting his career as a track superstar. She was then spotted exclusively in 2017 by the V-Tesse Track Club of Long Island, a non-profit organization that targets “to exposing athletes to high level competitions, offering young people the opportunity to improve their performance in athletics ”, with teammates Sariah Doresca and Jillian Rickford in 2020.

The team made the news in March this year when Doresca placed fourth overall nationally at the Adidas Indoor Nationals in Virginia Beach in the 60 meters with a time of 8.12 seconds. Emeli finished fifth overall in the 200 meters with a time of 26.43 seconds.

Other team members Rickford and Anayah Henry propelled the team to second in the nation for a 4×200-meter relay in college, clocking 1 minute, 46 seconds. Only beginning to break records, the team ended the day in Virginia Beach breaking the US 13-14 track and field record on Long Island, with a faster time than any other high school relay team at Long Island.

Together, the team began the rigorous testing process for the Baldwin High School track team as middle school students. This included physical exams, medical exams and the OK from sporting director Ed Ramírez. The team fulfilled all the conditions and was able to join, only to have their season cut short by the initial Covid-19 epidemic in March 2020.

Running for high school earlier in the year, Emeli said she “won all the 200 and 400 races except twice for second behind the seniors.” She also won all four 4×100 relays to train for division, section and county competitions.

Once in the division, Emeli won all 200, 400 and 4×100, before heading to the sections, where she also won. Then a week before the counties, she suffered a hamstring injury and couldn’t compete that day.

Still, Emeli traveled to Humble, Texas to compete in the Junior Olympics. In Humble, she started running, but that familiar painful feeling was present and she couldn’t compete, returning home to Baldwin for physical therapy. Emeli did not get gold, but still received many accolades from Baldwin Middle School.

Being the first college student to be named Athletics MVP for the year 2020-21 and to receive the President’s Award for Excellence in Education, she said her goal was to secure a track and field scholarship.

Emeli and her family continue to support the community with their company Emeli Business Consulting, which offers a range of services, ranging from business consulting, legal services, community outreach, money saving programs and more. ‘others, as well as with their frozen yogurt in co-ownership. Swirl Bliss establishment.


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