Miami runner Teoana Banton needs athletic wear, funds for Junior Olympics in Iowa


When she’s older, Miami’s Teoana Banton plans to bring home the gold for Team USA in the Olympics, but first she plans to run circles around her opponents at Junior Olympics July 24-Aug. 3 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Born in Miami on Feb. 14, 2004, Teoana lives with her single mother in Miramar and attends Crestview Elementary School in Miami Gardens where she is academically impressive and a popular student.

She joined Ultimate Track Club in November 2012, and less than a year later, she was ranked No.1 in Florida and No.2 in the United States.

“She is a natural,” said Franklin Allen, her coach. “I have seen many young runners as a coach, both girls and boys, but Teoana is something special. Miami just may have given birth to the next Florence Griffith Joyner.’’

Teoana, 10, competed in Junior Olympics in 2013, winning silver in the 100-meter race and placing fourth in the 200.

In 2014, she is seeking help to make her Junior Olympic dreams come true.

“It’s just been me and my mom, doing cake sales and a fish fry to help raise the funds for me to go to Iowa to compete in Junior Olympics, but we hardly made a dent in what is needed and time is running out,” Teoana said. “I need uniforms, sneakers, sweat suits and lots of other items as well as funds to qualify and for my mom and me to stay in Iowa. I want everyone to know that I plan to be the fastest 10-year-old in the USA, and I’m bringing the gold back to Miami, but I need help getting there.’’

To help Teoana Banton, contract Tandy Weems at 786-768-6751 or email

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