Port City SPEED coaches Martin and Kathy Richards were not participating in any of the events Saturday at the 10th Annual Port City SPEED Relays, but the sweat on their shirts would indicate they ran things well as 281 athletes converged at Pine Bluff High School in a practice meet for the upcoming AAU Junior Olympics in Houston.

Port City SPEED coaches Martin and Kathy Richards were not participating in any of the events Saturday at the 10th Annual Port City SPEED Relays, but the sweat on their shirts would indicate they ran things well as 281 athletes converged at Pine Bluff High School in a practice meet for the upcoming AAU Junior Olympics in Houston.

And while no points were tallied for the 13-team field, the SPEED group fared well with 13 individual winners, led by MaKiyah Lundy’s top efforts in the 100-, 200- and 400-meter dash events.

“This is just a tune-up for other meets, including the nationals in Houston,” Kathy Richards said. “Plus, we really enjoy being out here with the kids and promoting this sport.”

The event is a quality measuring stick for the athletes, ranging from ages from 5-18. Kevin Crumpton Jr., who outpaced the field in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:08.20 and finished second in the 200 and 400, said the meet was a good way for him to prepare for upcoming events.

“This helps me get ready mentally so that I can get to where I think that I can win,” the 11-year old Southeast Middle School sprinter said. “I practice Monday’s, Tuesday’s and Thursday’s and sometimes my dad goes out and works with me at home.”

Crumpton finished just ahead of Joshua Steward in the event. Steward finished with a time of 1:08.75 after claiming a win in the 400-meter Sub-Youth category.

Tyonna Hayes also claimed multiple victories, finishing first in the 100- and 400-meter dash girl’s Bantam events. Taylor Nelson snagged first in the Sub-Midget 400-meter girls event.

Chelsea Simmons clipped the line first in the girl’s Bantam 200-meter dash, followed closely by teammate Praise Malone.

Kimerra Handley won the 100-meter dash in the girl’s Midget class.

“I’ve been dong this for three years,” Handley said. “I want to run in the Olympics one day when I get older. I ran in the Junior Olympics two years ago in the 4X100. I want to get back to that. I run about eight to ten meets a year and I know it’s going to take more practice and hard work to get back there.”

Brevin Malone also claimed two top honors. Malone placed first in the 100- and 200-meter dash events for boys 8-under.

In field events, Hampton Hall took top honors in boy’s 8-under long jump, Henrietta Lever won the Sub-Youth girl’s long jump and Kennedy Crumpton out-jumped the field in the 8-under girl’s long jump event. Charmyra Parks claimed the Peewee long jump title.

Akkeva Howard turned in an 11.4-meter throw in the shot put, followed closely by teammate Paeyton Arnold’s 11.12.

Wille Morris, Sports Director for the AAU Athletics Association, was on hand in dual fashion, coaching the Little Rock Christian Competition squad and assisting the Richards in putting on the event, which serves as a fund-raising event for Port City SPEED.

“I am here doing both,” Morris said. “We try to make sure we have enough events during the year for these kids to get ready for bigger tournaments. (Martin and Kathy) do a great job with this event and I am here as a coach and to help them in any way I can.”