Congratulations to Gianna and Isla Rahmer for winning their age group races in the 1500 and 3000 at the 2023 USA Track & Field National Junior Olympic Championship track meet. The meet was held at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. Isla won the 11/12 Girls 1500 with a time of 4:57.70 and the 3000 with a time of 10:25.41. Gianna won the 13/14 Gilrs 1500 with a time of 4:39.12 and the 3000 with a time of 9:59.85. These are PR's for both Gianna and Isla in both races. Gianna also had the fastest 1500 and 3000 meter times for all female athletes in the NJO meet. Both Isla and Gianna won their age group 1500 and 3000 meter races, each winning 2 individual national championships, 3rd individual national titles overall (2022 USATF NJO cross country meet), set personal best marks in each event and earned 2 USATF All American awards while both being at the younger end of their age group. Isla's 3000 win was difficult to acheive since she was seeded in the slower heat 2 of 3, so she was not able to run head to head with the fastest athletes seeded in heat 3. Isla had to run against the clock and then wait and see how she would finish over all. Gianna was seeded first in the 3000 going into the NJO meet and came away with the win. Gianna finished the 2022 track and XC seasons and the 2023 track season undefeated in all her individual races. The last USATF age group race that Gianna did not win was her 6th place finish at the 2021 USATF NJO cross country meet where she and Isla both placed 6th in their age group race also earning USATF All American awards.
At the 2022 USA Track & Field National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships held at Bryan-College Station, TX Albuquerque Athletics Track team had 2 athletes win their individual cross country race, sisters Isla and Gianna Rahmer. Isla won the 9-10 girls 3K age group race in a time of 11:17.30. There were 283 athletes in Isla's race. Her sister Gianna won her 11-12 girls 3K age group race in a time of 10:25.00 . There were 349 athletes in Gianna's race. This is the first national championship for both sisters, Gianna's 5th USATF All American award in cross country and Isla's 2nd. Both sisters finished the 2022 USATF JO XC season undefeated. Last year their only loss came with their 6th place finishes at the national meet. AAT had 8 athletes compete in this years national meet with two athletes winning individual national championships and earning USATF All American awards. Gianna is a 7th grader at Hoover Middle School, Isla a 4th grader at John Baker.
If you like to run or you participate in sports requiring endurance, speed, or strength, sign up for track and field this year! Albuquerque Athletics Track team (AAT) offers a full range of training. Several meets are sponsored by the New Mexico Association of USA Track & Field, all building up to State, Regional, and National meets. Everybody who participates gets stronger and faster, and learns to persist and work hard to achieve their goals. If you think you might want to try out for sports when you reach high school, then track and field is excellent preparation! Running builds the strength and endurance that all sports require. The field events include several jumping and throwing skills, which also build strength and hone technique. It's never too early to get started!
Albuquerque Athletics Track (AAT) was founded in 1998 and is a track & field and cross-country team for young athletes ages 5 to 18. AAT is a member of the USA Track & Field Association (USATF). In the spring and summer athletes compete in track & field meets and in the fall cross-country meets.
Athletes are taught the basic skills, techniques, and strategies to be proficient in track & field and cross-country. Athletes build confidence, learn self-discipline, and get into great physical condition. Athletes are taught good sportsmanship and to do their best and have fun! AAT’s team philosophy and program is designed to put the athletes in a position to be successful in the local meets, the USATF-sponsored State, Regional and National Junior Olympic Championship Meets.
A family environment is maintained and parents are encouraged to work out while their athletes train. Participating in track & field and cross-country is a lot of fun and an activity for the whole family. One of our goals is to make running a life style for your athlete and the whole family. When your athlete grows up to be your age we hope they will look back on their experiences with fond memories, and will want their children to enjoy and have the same experiences and life style.
Congratulations to Gabriel Ball on his 5th place finish in Men's 17-18 high jump at this years National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships in Sacramento, California with a jump of 1.95 meters (6' 4-3/4"). This was Gabriel's 2nd USA Track & Field All American award in this event and his 3rd and final trip to the National JO meet. In 2016 Gabriel was the national runner up in the 11-12 Boys age group division (1.55m 5'-1") and a 12th place finish in 2014 in the 9-10 Boys age group (1.20m 3' 11-1/4). Gabriel joined AAT in 2013 and has been competing in the high jump since 2014. This spring Gabriel won the NMAA 5A state high jump title and graduated from Eldorado. Gabriel will attend Cornel University this fall and will compete in the high jump for their track team.