Antenney Hemingway unlocks the gate to the Navarre track on a hot and humid July afternoon. He’s here with four athletes for a practice.
Most days, the group from Navarre is over in Pensacola working with the Golden Elite Track and Field Club, but Hemingway has a vision for the club with which he coaches. He wants to expand it in this direction.
“The end game is to have a club here,” Hemingway said. “We want to have Golden Elite Track Club East right here in Navarre.”
The early pieces of the foundation have been laid for it. This year’s group from Navarre included four athletes who earned a trip to the AAU Junior Olympics in North Carolina, including incoming Liberty University freshman Abigail Pantlitz.
Pantlitz qualified in the 100-meter dash. The other three qualifiers were Izaiah Hemingway, Antenney Hemingway Jr. and Eddie Love Jr. Izaiah, who is 12, qualified in the 1500 and javelin. Nine-year-old Antenney made it in the 1500 and Love, also 12, earned Junior Olympic berths in the 100 and 200.
“It’s a good experience for them,” Hemingway said. “They get a lot of exposure from it.”
Pantlitz is viewed as a role model and mentor to the club’s younger athletes.
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