Local track star gearing up for competition

NORFOLK, Neb.-- Two-time All-American and All-Nebraskan, Jamaya Koehlmoos, is gearing up for the 2021 USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships down in Jacksonville, Florida, and is trying to perfect her strides before the games.

"We've been working on a lot of sprint work and getting out of the blocks quicker," said Koehlmoos.

Koehlmoos is no stranger to Olympic-style competition. Last year, she placed 5th in the AAU meet in Satelite Beach in Florida and even won the Las Vegas West Coast Nationals.

Her trainer, Shon King, says training has been going well so far.

"The training's been well. Jamaya's been putting in the work and taking care of the mechanical issues that we found early in the year. She's been running hard and staying strong. So, we're looking forward to seeing what she can do down there," King said.

Koehlmoos started competing in track at the age of 8 and ever since she's been all around the country in states like California and North Carolina competing in events.

She told NCN, her passion within track comes easy.

''My coach told me I was really fast and it's kind of in the family. Also, like my biological father used to do these sports," Koehlmoos said.

The National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships start on July 26th and run through August 1st and you can find Koehlmoos competing in the 400 meters.

Koehlmoos also wanted to remind people of why she's confident in her abilities.

"Just how hard I work. Mostly the work ethic," Koehlmoos added.

You can find more information on the 2021 USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships on their website at 'www.usatf.org'.