Community Focus: Eastside Steppers

Community Focus

The Eastside Steppers are competing in the National Junior Olympics Cross Country Championships in Tallahassee, Florida.

"Most of them are running high school times and some of them maybe college times", said Coach Keitha Wyatt.

The cross-country hopefuls are no strangers to winning the gold.

Keith Howerton, Wyatt's son, is an All-American and has over three-hundred medals, and he's only 12-years old.

"It been an amazing career and time being with them, and I loved every minute of it", said Eastside Stepper Runner Howerton.

Some runners are competing for their first gold medal this weekend.

Trinity Walter, 10, started running at age 2, and has 50 second and third place medals.

"I don't have a National Hat, so that's what I want right now", said Eastside Stepper Runner Walter.

Ten members from the Eastside Steppers will be competing against around 450 runners each race, and will have a chance to make history if at least 5 members become All-American on Saturday.

"Top 25 will get your All-American status. However, you do your best, for us as coaches we look at that as being an All-American", said Coach Wyatt.

The Eastside Steppers have been competing since 1991.

If you would like to register your children, visit for more information.

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