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7-year-old runner from Annapolis prepares for Junior Olympics

Posted at 11:08 PM, Jul 23, 2019

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — A 7-year-old boy from Annapolis is preparing to compete in this year's Junior Olympics in Greensboro, North Carolina.

"I didn't even know what the Junior Olympics was when I started track. I was just running around," said Drake Brown.

He's only been running for a year, training with his dad. He can run the 100 meter dash in under 14 seconds.

"I feel calm when I run," Brown said. "I'm trying to get a better time than 14.45."

He also competes in the long jump. His jump is 13 feet, 7 inches.

"We're super proud of him. He's a really good kid, good in school. Everybody’s proud of him, all of his accomplishments. He’s very competitive. He’s very athletic," said Omar White, Drake's grandfather. He spoke on behalf of his whole family.

Drake plans to add to his medal collection at the Junior Olympics, but ultimately wants to get better and get his run to 13 seconds. "I feel happy because I get to see other people run, and I can learn off them and get faster," said Brown.

The Junior Olympics starts on July 24 and Brown's first race is July 29.