Chad Johnson

For Baltimore youth track team, an unlikely sprint to the Junior Olympics — and the spotlight

For Baltimore youth track team, an unlikely sprint to the Junior Olympics — and the spotlight

The great thing about the 8-year-old girls from West Baltimore’s Mary Ann Winterling Elementary School is that they’re fast — fast enough to beat the boys at school, fast enough to qualify for the USA Track and Field Junior Olympic Championships regionals in North Carolina.

The frustrating thing about the girls is that they are perhaps too fast. Because when you’ve had to solicit donations from church and friends and family to travel down to North Carolina A&T State University last week, only to secure a spot in the national championships, in Kansas of all places, and there’s less than a month to raise thousands more dollars, a certain kind of dread infringes on parental...

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