Teen athletes train for Junior Olympics

By Jessica Johnson

Members of the Savannah Silver Cheetahs track and field team spend their summers training for the Junior Olympics.

Cheetahs Trinity Perry, 13, James Conyers, 16, and Darius Scott, 17, have been training for the Junior Olympics every summer for more than two years.

Trinity isn’t just amazing on the track and cross country fields. She also plays basketball and has received an athletic scholarship from St. Vincent’s Academy.

“I like competing,” she said. “I like a challenge.” Even so, she doesn’t plan to run track in college.

Darius’s middle school track coach encouraged him to run. He didn’t take track seriously until his freshman year of high school. He has qualified for the AAU Regional held in Taylor, South Carolina.

“I like the energy when competing,” he said.

James looks to Olympian Usain Bolt for inspiration. He used to play football, but he has shifted his focus to cross-country and baseball at Sol C. Johnson High School. He hopes to run on a college team.

“My main goal at the end of the year is just to make it to the Junior Olympics and place top eight so I can get a medal,” he said.