DeKALB – Amni Austin didn’t know what the future held for her when her family moved to Sycamore in March, but she was quick to try tomake track and field part of it when she arrived.
Austin didn’t know what classes awaited and what relationships she would build when she when she arrived. But she leaped into classes meant for seniors, having taken higher-level courses for much of her junior year in Massachusetts.
“My dad’s a football coach, so I move every three to five years. This last year I’ve moved the most, but it’s not anything I haven’t done before,” Austin said.
Austin’s father, Atif, is in his first year as the running backs and special teams coach for the Northern Illinois University football team, having coached with the New England Patriots last year and at storied Football Championship Subdivision program North Dakota State the five years before that.
The soon-to-be Sycamore senior has used athletics to establish relationships and already has reached a notable level. Austin, a member of the Legacy Runners Athletic Club that is in its 10th year, qualified for the AAU Junior Olympics that run from July 27 to Aug. 3 at North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro, North Carolina.
There, she’ll compete in the pole vault and 100-meter hurdles.