The Galván siblings, representing Lockhart, participated in the 2007 AAU Junior Olympics in Knoxville, Tenn., from July 30 – Aug. 4. The AAU Junior Olympics is the premiere venue for the nation’s elite track and field athletes. There were 8,467 youth competing in the track and field events alone.
On Monday, Gabe began with an outstanding throw of 25-00.25 for a personal record and eighth place. The throw garnered him a medal and the distinction of being the eighth-ranked Shot-Putter in the U.S. for 8-year-old boys.
Thursday, Gabrielle competed in a grueling four-hour discus event. She bettered her personal record twice for a final throw of 125-01 for a second place finish. Her final throw earned her a rank of second in the U.S. for the 13-year-old division.
Later that day, Ana competed in the discus. Her best throw came early for a distance of 81-05. This was a personal record for Ana and gave her the final rank of fourth in the U.S. for the 12-year-old girls.
On Saturday Gabrielle competed in the Javelin. Gabby’s last throw in the finals advanced her from seventh to fourth place in the competition. When the dust settled, Gabby earned the rank of No. 4 in the U.S. for 13-year-old girls.
The trip was a success with the Galván siblings returning home with four medals and all with top-eight rankings.
The family would like to thank the community, neighbors, and friends for their support throughout this exciting time. They are proud to have represented such a caring and supportive community.
(Courtesy of Carlos Galván)
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