(Press Release: Kentucky Fillies Elite Track Club, Anitra Allen)
This school year Veronique Ninamou completed fifth grade at Indian Trail Elementary School. The day after her last day of elementary school was her first day of the 2015 summer track season. On Saturday, June 6th she swept first place in the 11 -12 year old 100m, 200m and 400m races at the USATF Kentucky District Meet. These victories are the first step in her quest to top the podium in the AAU and USATF Jr. Olympic Games later this summer. Last summer Veronique was the gold medalist in the 2014 AAU Jr. Olympics 10-year-old 100m competition, edging out the silver medalist by .01 of a second. She also medaled silver in the 200m and bronze in the 400m. She’s looking to improve her performance this year.
Coach Tamika Townsend is determined to help Veronique make it back to the top of the podium this summer. A former high school and college runner herself, she is the coach and founder of the Kentucky Fillies, an all female elite track club. “Coach T” trains girls from the Louisville area who show the potential to compete on the national level in track and field. The goal she has for all her girls is to “make it to nationals.” Ten of the 16 team members made it one step closer to that goal by qualifying for the USATF Regional competition at the June 6th meet. Among those was the KTCCCA Middle School 100m, 200m and 400m Champion, Kaleb McDonald. Additionally, Alexandra Allen placed first in the 100m, 200m, and 400m in the 8 & Under category.
On Saturday, June 20th the Fillies will compete for spots in the AAU Regional Meet as well. The Kentucky District of AAU Track and Field Meet begins at 9 AM at the Assumption Green at 4500 Champions Trace in Louisville, KY. Athletes from across the state will compete to earn the right to race in the AAU Region 6 Qualifier meet at the end of June. Coach T and the Kentucky Fillies expect to be among those who make it.