A locally based track and field organization recently participated in the AAU Junior Olympic Track and Field Regional Championship held in Charlotte.
Evolution Track Club was founded in 2010 by President Rhea Yates. Rhea had a vision of promoting the sport of track and field in the Johnston County community.
It is the first and only youth track and field organization in Johnston County. It has doubled in participation every year and is known as the leading authority in track and field in the county.
Recently, Evolution athletes participated in the AAU Regional Qualifiers at UNC Charlotte. Sixteen young athletes qualified to participate in the upcoming AAU Junior Olympic Track and Field National Championship that will be held in Greensboro. They included the 11-12 year-old Boys 4x400m Relay Team that won the regional Gold Medal.
Pictured (Front row): Jahzara McIver, James McLean, Ethan Kennedy, Kendal Davis, Everett Alston. Second row: Jammie Smith, Priya Murray, Madison Mack, Josiah McIver. Third row: Kyndal Saunders, Tatiana Powell, Alexandria Davis. Not pictured: Teanna Bell, Jayden Gray, Laylah Gunter, and Shomare Hazley.
4x400m Relay AAU Regional Champions: Josiah McIver, Everett Alston, Jayden Gray, and James McLean
Evolution Track Club is not only a summer outdoor track club but also offers Cross Country and Indoor Track and Field as well.
Each year Evolution produces nationally ranked athletes, the first being Kendra Harrison, a Clayton resident who was a member of Evolution in 2011. She earned a full scholarship at Kentucky University, turned pro in 2015 and is the current U.S. World Record holder in the women’s 100m hurdles.