Aminah Ghaffar has been setting the pace for the newly formed Angel Elite
track club this summer. The 9-year-old won two gold medals at the AAU
Region 3A Track Championships in Knoxville, Tenn., in July.

She set a regional record in the triathlon with a score of 787, then beat
her personal record set at last year’s regionals with a long jump of 11
feet, 113/4 inches.

With the two gold medals, Aminah qualified for the AAU Junior Olympic
Nationals this week in Des Moines, Iowa.

Aminah’s no stranger to the winner’s circle. She won the gold medal in the
long jump at the 2003 AAU Region 3A meet with a 10-4 jump.

She isn’t the only Angel Elite member going to nationals. Shot putter
Jaynell Brown and 100-meter sprinter Wynola Cain also qualified. But Aminah
is the most versatile.

She competes in the triathlon, which includes the high jump, shot put and
200 meter, and the long jump. She also ran the 100 meters at this year’s
regionals and finished just short of qualifying…


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