9-Year Old Philly Girl Breaks National Record

FOX 29's Photojournalist, Bill Rohrer, covers many different stories with reporters, but on #FOXInFocus he takes an extra look from behind the lens. This week, he met a 9-year old girl who is determined to one day be an Olympic Gold Medalist.

They say to be a great runner you have to train like you want to be better than the best. We got to meet a young track star on the rise. She's poised, but she's still a kid. You see her having fun, and as you can probably tell Avery Lewis is really fast.

Avery is a member of Infinity Track Club meets in Wynnewood. It now includes five volunteer coaches and 35 young runners from families that range from low-income to upper-middle-class from the Main Line, North Philadelphia, Mount Airy, and New Jersey.

In the spring and summer, they practice at the track at Friends' Central; in the winter, it's a scramble to get indoor space where they can.

"Some people don't want to race me at school because they already know that I'm going to win," Avery told FOX 29. She recently won the 55-Meter Dash Final at the Colgate Women's Game.

"Practice the way you want to perform. If you practice well, most likely when you get out there on performance day you'll perform well," Avery said.

She beat last years' time and broke a record becoming one of the fastest 9-year old girls in the country less than eight seconds.

With hard work and determination who knows where Avery can go, but for right now Avery is slowing down to enjoy the journey,

Avery's coach wishes she was on his high school team because her time is just as fast as the high school kids!

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