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Top area athletes shine for E-1 track club
by E. Marcel Pourtout
mpourtout@neighbornewspapers.com
July 09, 2014 11:08 AM | 558 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / E. Marcel Pourtout<br>E-1 Track Club athletes, from left, incoming Hiram High School freshman Cassidy Jones, rising Alexander High School senior Derrelle Mims, incoming New Manchester High School freshman Alexis Nelson and rising Chapel Hill junior Andreyah Felder pause during practice in Douglasville last week.
Staff / E. Marcel Pourtout
E-1 Track Club athletes, from left, incoming Hiram High School freshman Cassidy Jones, rising Alexander High School senior Derrelle Mims, incoming New Manchester High School freshman Alexis Nelson and rising Chapel Hill junior Andreyah Felder pause during practice in Douglasville last week.
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Five years ago, coach Vaughn Williams and his wife Jean founded the E-1 Track Club to provide track and field prep athletes of Douglas County and surrounding areas a platform to train and perform at the highest level. The club started with two sprinters but has now expanded to more than 75 athletes and become one of the top programs in the Southeast.

The club already has qualified 31 individual athletes to participate in the top two prep track and field competitions this summer; the National Junior Olympics hosted by U.S. Track and Field in Houston, Texas, beginning July 21 and the AAU Junior Olympics in Des Moines, Iowa, beginning July 25.

The club also shone in Georgia competitions as well, earning first overall at the Mark Trail Memorial Day Weekend Invitational at Westlake High School on May 25 and the Exchange Zone/Star Track Twilight Invitational held at New Manchester High School on June 4.

The club consists of seven volunteer coaches who are certified by U.S. Track and Field.

“We also work with the middle school coaches, road runner programs and high school coaches that our athletes are involved with,” said club administrator Jean Williams. “The athletes learn leadership, teamwork, sportsmanship and fighting obesity. This combats against destructive decisions and they get travel opportunities as well.”

College opportunities also have opened up for several club stars such as Alexander High School alumna Remel Williams, who recently accepted an athletic scholarship to attend Shorter College this fall.

The club also has committed to helping the community, involving itself in programs such as the Shoebox Project and Project Overcoat with the United Way to assist the underprivileged in Douglas County.

“We’re trying to get our athletes to realize the community as a whole has helped us so we need to give back to it as well,” said Jean Williams. “Hopefully that carries on towards others.”

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