Ruff Riders Prepare for 2021 Junior Track and Field Olympics

ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) – The Good Life City is about to see a young group of track stars go head to head on the national stage.

The Ruff Riders Track Club is gearing up for the Junior Olympics later this month. This team is decked out with medals and excellent results and ready to put their talents to the test.

And one of their runners is one of the best 400 meter hurdles runners nationally.

Marianna Wright also recently won her event at the National Youth Championships. Head Coach Paul Jones told me it was a special moment for a team that has little experience at this level.

And for Wright, it’s an opportunity to make a name for himself at just 14 years old.

“It’s just awesome because this is a relatively new group of kids. These kids had never won on the track before, so from day one it was tough training. These children had the desire to want to be something. And it’s so cool for our region, ”Jones said.

“It’s really good because I work hard every day and it pays off, I finally see it showing that I feel good. Especially, being a youngster running against older kids, it’s nice, he said. Wright said.

Jones added: “I hope she wins.”

The Junior Olympics are held from July 26 to August 1.

Coach Jones said they also needed help raising funds.

You can help the team by donating to their Cashapp at $ ArstyAvacado and $ CoachPaulJones.

The funds will finance their travel and their board for the week.

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