One soft-spoken but determined 6-year-old will be representing Georgetown in the USA Track and Field Junior Olympics from July 22 to July 28 in Sacramento, California.
Christian Sargent will be competing for a gold medal in the shot put after finishing second place at the USATF Region 4 Jr. Olympic Championships that took place the first week of July in Rock Hill. He competed against teams from Florida, Georgia and South Carolina to advance.
“No one from Florida beat him,” his coach Al Barron said. “No one Georgia beat him. That speaks for itself. He is one of the quietest guys that you will ever meet, but whatever he does when he grows up, he will be one of those leaders by doing. He will continue to work hard and bring out the best in himself.”
Christian is a member of the Carolina Gold Running Club and has been running for about two years.
Last year, while competing in an event in Columbia, Christian discovered he could excel in shot put.
“I thought that was the best sport,” Christian said.
Barron said Sargent brought his “A” game to every single practice at the beginning of the season and knew he would be successful.
“This year coming in he had a really great attitude,” Barron said. “He communicated very well, and every single practice he was running right up there with the 18-year-olds. He is very coachable.”
Christian attends Sampit Elementary and enjoys going to the Plantersville Summer Academy.
“He loves reading and does well in school,” said his mother, Katherine Sargent. “He got the Citizenship award this past year, Student in the Month and the Principal’s Award.”
Christian is very active in his church at Mt Sinai Missionary Baptist Church and sings in the youth choir. He also enjoys playing basketball and ice skating.
His mother said she is very proud of him and tries to keep him well-rounded in every aspect of life.
“We have no words to express how excited we are about what he has accomplished so far,” she said. “We are overjoyed. “
The Carolina Gold Running Club has been around since 2005 and is starting to get recognized around the state. Melissa Jefferson, a recent Coastal Carolina signee has competed on the team.
“My vision is to grow this club where more people know about it,” Barron said. “Everybody hears about travel basketball. We think we can offer something for everyone. As we go along, people are starting to take notice. People are telling us that we have a good thing going on in Georgetown.”
Christian’s dad, David Sargent, believes the sky’s the limit for his son.
“He excelled beyond our expectations for him,” said David. “He just went out there and gave it his all. He was determined. He has two parents that support him. This is just the beginning for him.”