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12/3/23 Athlete of the Meet - Laila M.

Updated: Feb 1

In the World of Track and Field, Age is No Barrier - Laila Proves It

Photo by: Laurent Boudias (, instagram: @kililou)

When we talk about track meets, the spotlight often falls on the performances on the big day. However, the true journey to success begins long before the starting gun goes off - it begins in the quiet dedication of daily practice. At just 9 years old, Laila has emerged as a shining example of leadership, sportsmanship, and unwavering commitment to her craft.

A Leader in Practice: Laila sets the bar high each practice. Each repetition is approached with determination, and never a complaint. What sets her apart is not just her individual effort but her willingness to lead. Without being asked, at times Laila takes charge of stretches, becoming a role model for her peers and demonstrating a level of maturity beyond her years.

Exemplary Sportsmanship: On the track, Laila's sportsmanship shines brightly. Regardless of the outcome of her races, she extends congratulations to her competitors, embodying the true spirit of friendly competition. Her positive attitude creates an environment where success is celebrated, and every competitor feels valued.

Triumphs at the Virginia Beast Invitational: The recent Virginia Beast Invitational bore witness to Laila's exceptional talent and hard work. She set three new personal records, showcasing her prowess in the 200m, 400m, and 800m events. Last indoor season, Laila completed the 200m in 35.54 seconds. This year, she sliced almost a second off that time, crossing the finish line in a remarkable 34.61 seconds. Similarly, her 400m time went from 1:20.77 last season to an impressive 1:19.04 at the meet. Perhaps the most remarkable improvement was in the 800m, where Laila shaved off five seconds, completing the race in 3:03.20 compared to 3:08.32 last year.

A Proud Representation of Southern Sprinters: Southern Sprinters couldn't be prouder to have Laila represent them both in practice and at meets. Her achievements not only reflect her individual dedication but also mirror the collective spirit of the team.

In Laila, we find not just an exceptional athlete but a young leader whose journey inspires us all. Thank you, Laila, for embodying the true essence of sportsmanship, leadership, and athletic excellence.

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