Wetumpka native wins silver medal in AAU national track competitionPublished 12:10pm Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Morgan Causey brought home a silver medal and broke a personal record at the 2014 AAU National Club Track and Field Championships Saturday at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida.
The 10-year-old Wetumpka Middle schooler, as part of the Montgomery-based New Life track and field team, placed second in the 11-year-old girls turbo javelin throw with a toss of 65 feet, 2 inches, breaking her previous personal mark. Johntavia Shaw bested Causey with an AAU world record throw measured at 80 feet, 9 inches.
“I was more excited than she was. Words can’t even explain how proud and excited I was,” Causey’s mother, Rashawn Blassingame said Monday in a phone interview. “After she won it, I asked her, ‘why don’t you wear your medal?’ She didn’t want to wear it. She said, ‘Mom, I don’t want to show it off.’ I told her, ‘you should be proud.’
“On the ride home, she had it sitting in the seat next to her. She asked me, ‘Mom how do I word it when people ask me about it?’ At first, she was real laid back about it, but coming home it had a seat by itself. It took her a day for it to set in. Her saying was I went there to break a record and brought home a silver medal.”
Causey has been participating in track for nearly three years and at first, Blassingame said, her daughter didn’t like it. But thanks to Ron Dickerson, Jr., Blassingame’s brother, who started the track team at the family’s church, Causey turned a corner.
“This is her first year, knowing the true meaning of track. We did the national junior Olympics and finished 17th overall in her age group,” Blassingame said. “Once she’s had a handle of it, she’s focused on it better since she started working with her uncle. She’s been throwing and practicing. This is a true example of hard work pays off.”
Competing in two other events during the course of the week-long event in Orlando, Causey was confident when the javelin toss event arrived.
“She had her mind so set on javelin, that I think her nerves to went to the other events,” Blassingame said. “When Saturday got there, I told said to her, ‘today is your day.’ She was so focused. She wanted to bring home a gold medal.
“They had measurements off to the side, 60, 80, 100, 120. I told her, ‘don’t look at those numbers.’ She said, ‘mom, I’m not looking at those numbers, I’m looking at those flags across the field.’ I was like, ‘hey you set your goals high, I’m right there with you.’”
Causey joined all six of her New Life teammates in finishing in the top seven in events at the Club Championships. The soon-to-be sixth-grader beat out 32 other girls, from around the world, for the silver medal.