Local speedster, Rahkeem Faison, is headed to Humble, Texas, for the AAU Junior Olympics after qualifying in two track events at the North Carolina district qualifiers.
Faison said he was very excited to qualify for the Junior Olympics and that he cannot wait to compete in the Junior Olympics.
“It was great, but I know that celebration is short-lived,” Faison said. “The finish line is the AAU Junior Olympics, but I’m happy with my performances, and with the great coaches I have, I know I will be well prepared.”
In order to move on to the Junior Olympics, Faison had to place in the top six in his events, and he had no problem running past the competition.
Faison qualified in the 100m and 200m races for the AAU Junior Olympics for his age group.
Faison, who attends Greenwood Middle School, said he was not nervous during the district qualifiers, where he won gold in the 100m dash and the 200m dash.
“It wasn’t hard, and it wasn’t easy. I just had to execute what I do every day in practice, and I was able to do just that,” Faison said.
To get ready for his races, Faison works alongside his coaches and teammates at N.C. Flight Club to get faster. He also does a lot of conditioning to go along with various types of running drills.
Faison and his family are fundraising to make sure the trip to Texas would be possible. If people want to donate to Faison, they can call his mother, Delavisha Faison, at 919-273-3574 or send the money through Cashapp at $VishaFaison.