Ghost. Lu. Patina. Sunny. Four kids from wildly different backgrounds with personalities that are explosive when they clash. But they are also four kids chosen for an elite middle school track team -- a team that could qualify them for the Junior Olympics if they can get their acts together. They all have a lot to lose, but they also have a lot to prove, not only to each other, but to themselves. Ghost has a crazy natural talent, but no formal training....
Patina, "Patty" Jones is the fastest girl on the Defenders track team. A newbie to the track team, Patty must learn to rely on her family and teammates as she tries to outrun her problems. She runs to show the kids that taunt her at her fancy new school that she's going to be someone some day. She runs for her fellow newbie teammates to make them proud. She runs to show her little sister Maddy how to be strong and brave. And she runs for her mother,...
"Lu knows he can lead Ghost, Patina, Sunny, and the team to victory at the championships, but it might not be as easy as it seems. Suddenly, there are hurdles in Lu's way--literally and not-so-literally--and Lu needs to figure out, fast, what winning the gold really means"--
Sunny, the Defenders' best runner, only runs for his father, who blames Sunny for his mother's death, but with his coach's help Sunny finds a way to combine track and field with his true passion, dancing.
"After getting soaked by Harry's water balloon, Paul chases Harry down. He didn't expect Harry to be so fast. He gives Harry a choice: join the track team or else. Harry doesn't think it's fun to run if he's not being chased. With Paul's help, can Harry find a good reason to run?"--Unedited summary from book.
Describes the life of track-and-field athlete Jesse Owens, from his childhood in Alabama and his family's move to Cleveland to his athletic career which culminated in his winning four gold medals at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, Germany.
When fourteen-year-old Leggie LaGrande, star runner on the Bricklin Middle School track team, suffers a hamstring injury at the very start of the season, he figures his shot at the Junior Olympics is over--but his coach insists that even if he cannot run he can still compete in some other track and field event, so he finds himself working out at the shot put, competing with a new student whom he dislikes.
After he moves to Miami, seventeen-year-old David, who is a fast runner, gets invited to join the Hurricanes' track team, but he soon finds himself mixed up in a mystery involving a toy gun, a Cuban American boy, and a gang called the Black Roses.
A book devoted to the rich history of this classic track carnival. Joe Schrag, a KU Relays Hall of Fame member who has seen the meet up close for 60 years, introduces readers to historic events, talented people, and unique moments that have made Lawrence, Kan., a springtime destination for athletes, coaches, and fans since 1923.
Haunted by the still unsolved abduction of his babysitter twelve years before, high-school senior and track star, Marty Oliver, stumbles on a new lead in the case and finds himself involved in a dangerous adventure.