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Date: June 26, 2019

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Gulf Coast Running Club Captures Nine Medals at AAU Regional Championship

The Gulf Coast Running Club had a successful weekend at the AAU Regional Championship in Tallahassee, Florida. Even with 100 degree weather and a blazing hot sun beating down on them, the team raked in four gold, three silver, and two bronze medals. Dalton Lewis, Richard Whatley, Aza Boykin and Daniel Holzknecht were successful both as a team and individually as they placed 1st in the Mens 800m Relay. Lewis and Whatley topped the podium in the Men’s 800m, placing 1st and 2nd respectively, while Holzknecht placed 3rd in the Men’s 1500m.
The Gulf Coast Running Club, known as the G.O.A.T Farm (Greatest Of All Time) to their fans, also took home gold and silver in the 15/16 division, with Francisco Ramirez placing 1st in the Boys 1500m, James Simkins placing 2nd, and Sa’Nora Campbell and Mariah Harris placing 3rd and 5th in the 100m, respectively. In the Girls 400m Hurdles Caliya Gee placed 5th.
All team members above qualified for the AAU Junior Olympic Games in Greensboro, North Carolina from July 24 to August 3rd. 16,000 athletes competing in twenty sports will attend the games, all vying for gold, and the G.O.A.T Farm might just be leading the pack.


About Gulf Coast Running Club

The Gulf Coast Running Club is a club offered to area high school track and cross country runners to train and compete at AAU competitions. The team trains at Fricker Resource Center and at University of West Florida and is coached by Michael Mims, Area Manager for the City of Pensacola Parks and Recreation and Lendward Griffin, Program Specialist at Fricker Resource Center. The GC Running Club is sponsored locally by Zarzaur Law, P.A. and is currently recruiting additional sponsors for the upcoming 2019-20 season. To sponsor or offer technical support, please contact Griffin at or call (850) 436-5195.  

More photos available upon request.

GC Running Club runners pictured at Florida State University
The Gulf Coast Running Club competed June 20-23, 2019 in the AAU Regional Championship at Florida State University. 
Pictured left to right, Back row- Richard Whatley Jr, James Simkins, Dalton Lewis, Aza Boykin, Daniel Holzknecht, Brandon Knieja, Hayden Johnson, and Michael Mims.
Front row- Sanora Campbell, Mariah Harris, and Jayla Austin
Not pictured: Francisco Ramirez and Caliya Gee. 
Francisco Ramirez (1251) leads the pack in the 1500M
Francisco Ramirez (1251) leads the pack and places 1st in the 1500M 15/16 division, James Simkins (1252) places 2nd. Both runners qualified to advance to AAU Junior Olympics next month in Greensboro, NC. 
15/16 Women's Division 800M Race at AAU Regionals
Sa'Nora Campbell in lane 6 takes bronze and Mariah Harris in lane 7 takes 5th place at the AAU Regional Championships in Tallahassee, FL on June 23. Both runners qualified for AAU Junior Olympics with their times. 
James Simkins in the 1500M race at AAU Regionals in Tallahassee
James Simkins (placed 2nd) in the 1500M race at the AAU Regional Championships in Tallahassee. 
Mens 800M Relay at AAU Regional Championships
Richard Whatley passes the baton to David Holzknect during the 800M Relay at the AAU Regional Championship in Tallahassee, FL. 
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