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14-year-old Mississippi native places top 10 in AAU Junior Olympic Games

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Mississippi was well represented at the 2023 AAU Junior Olympic Games with Brennen Lacey placing in the top 10 in not one but two events.

Brennen Lacey, a Canton native who now lives in Texas, competed in the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash, and the 4×100 meters dash at last week’s games in Des Moines, Iowa.

In the 200-meter dash, Lacey reached the semifinals with a time of 22.77 seconds. In the 100-meter dash, the 14-year-old advanced to the finals and finished the race in 11.32 seconds to earn seventh place.

Going into the event, Lacey said he dedicated a minimum of three hours a day to track practice, all while pushing himself in the gym and maintaining a balanced diet to be in optimal shape for the games.

“I just do my thing. I just think about myself. I don’t think about others,” Lacey said on Good Things with Rebecca Turner. “Track practice — I do that every day at 7:00 and it ends around 10:00. I go to the gym and do my normal leg workouts and ab workouts. I eat protein, so I can maintain that good physicality.”

The highlight of Lacey’s performances in the games came in the 4×100 meters relay in which Team Quest, consisting of Lacey and three other teammates, finished third place in the final round.

The full interview with Lacey can be watched below, and the full results from the 2023 AAU Junior Olympic Games can be viewed here.

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