Lorenz captures AAU Jr. Olympics National title
GREENSBORO, NC – Autumn Lorenz recently obtained a National title after competing in the AAU Jr. Olympics on July 27 through Aug. 2 at Greensboro, North Carolina.
The Beloit Flyers Track Club qualified both Lorenz and Armando Salcido for the track and field portions of the games.
Lorenz earned her 8th place medal in the 12 year old division of the turbo javelin competition with a National podium mark of 83 feet, 4 inch throw. Salcido competed in the 13 year old boys long jump competition and placed 56th in the Nation with a jump of 15 feet, 5 inches.
The Olympics event was the largest track meet in the world with 13,601 declared athletes, every state in the United States represented, and participants from Puerto Rico competing as well. Salcido and Lorenz also participated in the Celebration of Athletes during the opening ceremonies that was held at the North Carolina A&T Stadium.
Lorenz started competing in track and field at the age of five. The Beloit Flyers Youth Track Club was established in 2015 by her dad, Chad Lorenz of Beloit, a USATF Level 1 Certified Coach.She started competing in track, primarily in the 100m dash, 200m dash, and long jump. Autumn first started competing in the turbo javelin a year ago at the Sunflower State Games, and fell in love with it. Since then she has been working, with the help of her dad, and her Coach Corey Isbell, on perfecting her throwing form and technique. This year Autumn's focus was the 400m dash, the long jump, and the turbo javelin. Autumn loves competing in track and field, and always makes new friends at the meets, she now knows people from all over the state of Kansas, as well as the USA. This is Autumn's second year qualifying for the Jr. Olympics, last year she participated in the Jr. Olympics that were held in Des Moines, IA, as part of a 4x100 relay.