Caiyah Collins, who is heading into second grade at Achieve, raced in the 800 meters this summer at the AAU Junior Olympics in Des Moines, Iowa. But there was one problem for Collins and the rest of her competitors: they were facing torrential rainfall, which isn’t the best weather to compete in.
Caiyah’s mother Crystal, a fourth-grade teacher at Achieve, said she gave her daughter a pep talk before the race began.
Caiyah hit the soaking wet track and finished fifth in her heat, a stellar accomplishment to cap off her first season running track. It’s perseverance like this that has helped Achieve outperform the district for 11 years.
“Her height forced her to work super hard to support her center of gravity,” Crystal said. “I encouraged her to try a different sport, and since she comes from a long line of track runners, we introduced her to track."
“Caiyah was a natural the first day she started.”
Caiyah trained with the Ann Arbor Track Club for three days per week, working on her sprinting abilities. She ran the 100 meters, 200 meters, 400 meters, and 800 meters in her first season on the track.
She persevered through her first season and is ready to continue running with the Ann Arbor Track Club in the future.
Congratulations and keep up the hard work, Caiyah!
About Achieve Charter Academy
Achieve Charter Academy is a tuition-free, public charter school in Canton, Michigan, serving students in kindergarten through eighth grade. It is part of the National Heritage Academies network, which includes more than 95 tuition-free, public charter schools serving more than 65,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade across nine states. For more information, visit nhaschools.com.