Damari Dean, 8, of the Full Stride Track Club in Contra Costa and Solano County (Ca.), will compete in his second national competition after performing at the USATF Pacific Association Junior Olympic Championships in 2016. In his first opportunity at national competition, Dean was sixth in the 100m and seventh in the 400m. But experience should play well for the developing Dean this time around. He enters the AAU Junior Olympics as one of the top seeds in all three of his events. The Full Stride Track Club coaches athletes from ages 5 to 18. Dean owns the club's 100m, 200m and 400m records in the 7-8 division and is second in the 800m (2:48.73).
Who: Damari Dean
Age Group: 8 & Under
Events: 100m, 200m, 400m
Where: AAU Junior Olympics, Ypsilanti, Michigan
When: July 29-August 5
Breakdown: Dean could very well earn three national titles in the 8 & Under age group in August. Dean is the top-ranked 100m sprinter in his category (60+ entrants), owning a top time of 14.15 seconds. He's the fourth ranked sprinter in the 200m (66+) with a PB of 29.47 seconds. He'll enter the 400m as the third seed with a time of 1:08.84 (60+). So how did he get into the field? Dean tripled at the AAU Region 22 Qualifier in the 100m, 200m and 400m.