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Wake Forest track represents at nationals

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WAKE FOREST — Wake Forest City Track and Field Program sent 11 out of their 15 members to the Amateur Athletic Union National meet Saturday and three of them finished in the top 20 of their specific event.

Savannah Goodwin was the top performer for Wake Forest. The 14-year-old placed ninth in the girls long jump with a distance of 16 feet, 10.5 inches. Christian Watson finished 15th in the boys turbo javelin. The 12-year-old tossed a distance of 100 feet, 4 inches. James Stewart placed 17th in the boys javelin. The 13-year-old tossed a distance of 96 feet, 10 inches.

Wake Forest City Track and Field is coached by the husband and wife tandem of Matt and LaTosca Goodwin, the parents of Savannah. They talked about how they were excited to send four of their athletes to nationals for the first time.

“Our motto is to teach athletes how to run better so they get faster,” LaTosca said. “It’s not just the running, but we spend the time to educate them about how to run, jump and throw efficiently and effectively to gain their most speed and distance. We are also a team with Christian values and we treat all our athletes with respect. We cater to their individual needs to help each of them to reach their full potential. We coach all comers and work to make them better.”

The 11 kids who participated at nationals competed in 15 different events. Wake Forest City Track and Field has been around for 10 years and trains at 230 Capcom Ave., Wake Forest. They feature kids from Wake Forest, Rolesville and the northern Wake County area.