FAIRFIELD, Calif. (KTVU) - The recent success of three local track stars at the national level prompted the first ever trio of athletes to be featured on That Kid’s Got Game.
Ruby Ford, 11, DeShawn Seymour Jr., 11, and Robert Eddings, 8, all owned first place finishes at the AAU Club Championships in Orlando, Florida last month. The three all train and run for Full Stride Track Club in Fairfield.
Ford, a Fairfield native, took gold in Orlando in the 800-meter race and finished second in the 1,500-meter event. Then she followed it up with a pair of first place finishes in the same two events at the AAU Junior Olympic Nationals earlier this month in Des Moines, Iowa.
Her coach, DeShawn Seymour Sr., says the 10-time national champion had “the most successful Olympic games” in 2018 for any one athlete in Full Stride’s history. Twice she was crowned national champion and once a runner-up. Additionally, she’s an honor roll student at Center Elementary.
DeShawn Jr. is also from Fairfield. The speedy 11-year-old is a five-time national champion and he holds a 4.0 grade point average. Coach Seymour, his father, says he’s the only track and field athlete in the nation at any age to be ranked as an All-American in six different categories: 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1,500m and 3,000m.
Last month, DeShawn Jr., who lives next door to Ruby, set the record (2:15:19) for 11-year-old boys in the 800m event in Orlando. DeShawn and Ruby’s younger teammate, Robert Eddings, is making a name for himself early.
The eight-year-old from Vallejo is the youngest national champion to represent Full Stride. At the championship last month, the six-time national champion finished first in both the 800m and the 1,500m.
And the three picked a lucrative time to catch fire and establish themselves among the nation’s top young track and field talent. Next year the junior Olympics are in Sacramento, which is practically their backyard.
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