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104-year-old Baton Rouge native Julia "Hurricane" Hawkins to compete in track championship

Hawkins will be the oldest competitor at the meet
Posted at 7:09 PM, Mar 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-07 20:14:55-05

Several Baton Rouge natives will compete in the USATF Masters National Indoor Track & Field Championship next weekend at LSU.

One of those athletes is 104-year-old Julia Hawkins.

WBRZ reports that 27 of Hawkins' competitors are reigning world masters champions. Athletes range in age from 30-104.

Hawkins set a record in last year's Senior Games in the 50-meter dash. She was the oldest woman to compete on an American track, according to the National Senior Games Association. She's also broken several world records.

Her wins last year and in 2018 went viral, being shared by major media outlets such as USA Today, CBS News, and The New York Times. Even President Obama shared a video of Hawkins, saying he was inspired by her life advice and impressed by her dash time.

Hawkins studied education at LSU in the 1930s.

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