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Shadrick trio give strong efforts at AAU Nationals

By Tony Adams

Sports Editor

  The Shadrick family traveled to Michigan for the 2013 Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Junior Olympics. The cold and rainy Michigan weather hampered many performances, but there were many to speak of.

 The event took place at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, a suburb of Detroit.

 There were over 10,000 athletes participating in the national event, with 1437 athletes participating from Texas. Only 726 unattached athletes attended and only 409 athletes did both multi-events.

 All three of the Shadrick boys held the state flags at the Junior Olympics opening ceremonies.

 Tyson Gay, a silver medalist in 100 meters at 2012 Olympics, was at the Junior Olympics watching his daughter participate. Brian was able to get his autograph on his bib.

 Brian tied for 12th place in the 12U High Jump, placed 19th in the 12U Pentathlon, placed 24th in 12U 80m Hurdles and placed 49th in the 12U Long Jump

 Brady placed 5th in 11U Turbo Javelin and received a copper medal. His throw was a Personal Record of 91’7”. He tied for 10th place in 11U High Jump and placed 13th in the 11U Pentathlon.

Brett placed 3rd in 8U Turbo Javelin, earning him a bronze medal. His throw was 64’5”, which he only fell one inch short of his personal and his National Record for 7-year olds is 64’6”. Brett will turn eight in April.

 “The weather and temperature seemed like it played a factor with my boys performance in some events,” said Robin Shadrick, the boys’ mother. “It was very difficult for them to warm up their muscles and stay warm. On the day Brian and Brady competed in the Pentathlon the weather was between 53-63 and rainy. The rest of the week was pretty much in the 60’s with some rain each day. For these Texas boys who are used to competing in 95-100 degree heat, it was very different. Also, when both Brian and Brady were competing in their High Jump events it was raining and slippery.”

 Despite the weather, Brady and Brett both came home with medals in their Turbo Javelin events. 

    “My husband and I are extremely proud of our boys,” said Robin.”