Zoey Marshall once again stands on AAU Jr. Olympics medal platform

Zoey Marshall points out her name on the AAU Jr. Olympics Wall of Fame banner for her eighth-place finish in the 400m last year. This year, she placed fourth. Photo provided courtesy of Noelita Marshall.


Telegraph Staff Writer

Lake Butler’s Zoey Marshall followed up her one-medal performance at last year’s AAU Jr. Olympics by earning two at this year’s event, which was held July 26-Aug. 5 in Des Moines, Iowa.

On day four of the event, Marshall, competing in the age-10 girls division, placed fourth in the 400m prelims with a time of 1:03.99. She bettered that time in the day-seven finals, running 1:03.85 to place fourth.

The top three times in the event finals were 1:00.53, 1:01.74 and 1:03.68.

Marshall competed in the long jump finals on day seven as well, recording a fifth-place distance of 13-8.5. The top four distances were 14-2, 14-1.75, 14-1 and 14-0.

In all, Marshall competed in three events. She wound up placing 12th in the 200m with a semifinal time of 28.91. She advanced to the semifinals with a 10th-place time of 28.60 in the preliminaries.

The AAU Jr. Olympics consisted of more than 14,000 athletes and coaches. It’s the largest multi-sport event for youth in the U.S.

At the 2022 AAU Jr. Olympics, Marshall earned a medal with an eighth-place finish in the 400m.

Marshall is in her fifth year of AAU competition.

Zoey Marshall stands on the medal platform after receiving her fifth-place medal in the long jump. Photo provided courtesy of Noelita Marshall.