Amina K. Shelton

Age: 11

Long jump: 14í7"
60 meters: 8.9
100 meters: 15.2
200 meters: 30.4
400 meters: 1:18

When Did You Start Competing? I started long jumping and running the 100 meters at the Show-Me State Games just after turning 6.

What are Your Accomplishments? At age 6, I won the silver medal in the 6 and under long jump at the Show-Me State Games. At 7, I won a bronze at the SMSG in the Long Jump. At 8, I won the Bronze at the State Games of America National Meet in the long jump. Five days after turning 9, I jumped 13 feet in the long jump at the SMSG qualifying meet in Kirksville. It was thought to have been the farthest jump in history for my age. At age 10 years and 9 days, I jumped a measured distance of 15 feet, 6 inches at the USATF Missouri State Jr. Olympics meet in Raytown. Had I not jumped from a foot behind the boards, it would have broken the oldest National female record of 15 feet, 1 3/4 inches for the 10 and under girls set 32 years ago in 1972. The official jump distance of 13 feet, 11 inches still broke the State, Association, and Regional record for 10 and under girls. At the Regional meet, I broke my own record and won the Gold, with my personal best 14 feet, 7 inches. This gave me the #1 seed at the National meet, where I won a 5th place medal and All-America honors. This year, while still 10, I won the bronze in the long jump in the 11 and 12 year old age group at the National AAU Indoor Championships. I also won the AAU Missouri State Championship for 11 year olds at the Outdoor meet. I own four records in the CTC Summer Youth Program in the long jump and 200 meters. I have won a silver in the 200 meter, gold in the 4x100 and 4x400 meter relays, and silver in the 4x400 meter relay as a CTC Colt. I was the first ever Womenís Intersport Network (WIN) Columbia Youth Athlete of the Year for 2004.

Who Has Influenced You Most In Your Career? My mom and dad, Andrea and Derek Shelton. My mom ran the 400 meters in 54.0 in her sophomore year in high school before having to give up track due to a heart murmur. My dad is a former world-class long jumper who still competes in the Masters Division for CTC. He is considered the best long jumper of all time speed-for-speed. He jumped his personal best jump of 26í6 1/2" in 1985, which ranked as high as #6 in the US, and #8 in the world that year. He only had 4.7 40 yard dash speed.

Personal Info and Interests: I was born in 1993 in Kansas City, KS. My family moved to Columbia in 1994 when my dadís job transferred here. I am a 6th grader at Smithton this fall. I want to go to the Olympics someday and be a writer and a veterinarian because I love animals. My sister, Alexa, 8, is my best friend. She is also a very good sprinter and jumper for the CTC Colts.