By Rick Menning, Sports Coordinator2:29 p.m. EDT, March 31, 2013
As the oldest of three children in her family, Taliyah Mizell likes to set a positive example.
Although only 9 years old, Taliyah knows that she is being looked up to as a role model by her brothers, Tovani and Trevion.
“I want them to see what they can do if they work hard,” said Taliyah, who along with her siblings are members of the G-Force Track and Field Club in Davie.
During the recent AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) Indoor National Championships in Birmingham, Ala., Taliyah showed exactly what a strong work ethic can produce as she captured three medals — including two gold — in the Bantam Division.
But she didn’t stop there, setting new records in both the high jump and the long jump. Taliyah powered her way to a 3-foot, 8-inch high jump and followed that the next day with a nearly 12-foot, 3-inch leap in the long jump.
“(My brothers) see that I am doing good, and they want to do good, too,” Taliyah said.
They did just that as Tovani, competing in the 8-Under Division, earned the silver medal as well as a second-place overall finish in the 55-meter dash and the long jump. He also finished fourth in the 400-meter dash.
Younger brother Trevion, meanwhile, was competing for the first time in a national meet. Also vying for accolades in the 8-Under Division, Trevion took fourth place in the 800-meter run and finished sixth in the long jump.
In all, the Mizells returned home with eight medals.
About 450 AAU track and field athletes from across the country traveled to Alabama for the three-day attraction.
G-Force, which as a team took fourth place overall at the AAU nationals, is a small yet elite track team from South Florida with 20 members who participate in national meets each season.
Awards were presented to participants who finished first through eighth in each event, including relays.
Rick Menning can be reached at rmenning@ tribune.com.