M.I.A….Kennedale’s Brown Scheduled To Miss Texas Relays
Brown has a once in a lifetime opportunity to go compete for the country of Haiti. An opportunity she is looking forward to. "I'm super excited to be running in the Bahamas, especially to be running for my mom's home country of Haiti. I think it's going to be a really cool experience and I am truly blessed to have the dual citizenship so that I am even offered this opportunity to compete for Haiti" stated Alexis. Brown has had some international experience. Last summer, she was selected to represent a group from the NSAF to compete down in Cuba. The experience from her Cuba trip gives her a heads up of what to expect. "Definitely, the whole atmosphere because everything is different there. Everything from the meals, the weather....the weather was probably the hardest thing because it was super humid and you had to make sure you was always hydrated. It's a different type of weather here compared to the Bahamas so I'll definitely make sure I stay hydrated this time" Brown stated. What makes this even more special, she is representing the birthplace of her mother, Anick Brown, and her mom is ecstatic about the opportunity. “Amazing” Mrs. Brown said. “It’s pretty cool that she is going to represent where I am from and where I grew up. Growing up, we didn’t go to any places to do sports so to have her representing my country to do track is pretty remarkable” said Anick. “Plus, the fact that I still have a lot of family in Haiti, it gives me pride that not only is she doing it, but she wants to go out and represent her Haitian side. She's proud of where she’s from” stated Brown.
Alexis will be competing in both the 100 and 200 meters. Not only are the Browns excited, but many people of Haiti are just as excited for Alexis. On a Facebook group called Haitian American, many people have posted their congratulations and good lucks to Alexis. The small town of Kennedale is equally excited to see their hometown hero go off to compete on such a grand stage. “Excited would be an understatement. She deserves to be where she is. I’m blessed to say I’m her coach. Never met an athlete more dedicated to her craft. The sky is the limit for Alexis Brown. She has a chance to be an international star in high school. She is by far the highlight of my own athletic and coaching career” expressed Kennedale’s head coach Aaron Wingfield.
It will be a quick turnaround for Brown, who gets back on Tuesday and prepares for her journey back to Austin with the 7-4A district meet being held in Mineral Wells, the Thursday she gets back. One good thing is that they are running prelims on the 5th of April and don’t run finals until the following Thursday, so Brown should have plenty of time to get some rest for the finals.
Inside Texas Track would like to say good luck to Alexis and as always…..BRING ME SOMETHING BACK!!!
This weekend down in Austin, Texas, some of the state's fastest track and field athletes will be battling to see who is the Best of the Best. You will have the likes of Dallas Carter’s Sha’Carri Richardson, Frisco Heritage’s Bailey Lear, Kynnedy Flannel of Alvin, and everybody on the Desoto’s girl team in attendance participating in this year’s festivities. Missing from the group will be Kennedale’s Alexis Brown. Brown will be missing this year’s Texas Relays not because she is hurt……. or INELIGIBLE. No, she will be missing the event to take a trip down to the beautiful Bahamas. No, she is not going on a late Spring Break trip. She has been asked to represent the country of Haiti, her mother’s homeland, to compete in the 2018 CARIFTA Games. The CARIFTA Games bring together over 500 athletes from 26 countries to battle against one another. Some of the greatest Caribbean Olympic athletes have competed in the CARIFTA Games. Jamaica’s Usain Bolt, Trinidad and Tobago’s Ato Boldon and the University Of Houston assistant coach Debbie Ferguson just to name a few.
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