It isn’t uncommon for families to flock to south Florida during the summer for vacation, but it was all business for Zade Richmond and his family when he stepped onto the Walt Disney World grounds for the AAU Primary Track and Field Championships — and maybe a little bit of fun after.
Competing in the 6-year-old division at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, the Dutchtown Elementary School first-grader took home the gold in the shot put competition with a throw of 14 feet and 2½ inches, nearly a full foot further than his next closest competitor.
Zade also earned a pair of top 15 finishes in the 55-meter and 100-meter dashes, with times of 9.98 seconds and 17.38 seconds, respectively.
Both times were good enough for a 14th-place finish out of the 35 competitors in the 55 meters and 45 in the 100 meters.
Zade’s father, Ed Richmond, said his son has been competing in track and field events for only a few months. He joined the U.S. Express team out of Baton Rouge earlier this year.
Richmond said his son quickly got the hang of the sport and enjoyed the competition. Richmond added that a trip to Disney World didn’t hurt either.
“We put him in it, and it turned out he was pretty decent at it,” Richmond said. “He always competed well in the local meets, so we thought it’d be good to put him in the national meet.”