Coach Terrance Bean Inducted into Alma Mater’s Hall Of Fame

Track Houston’s own Coach Terrance Bean was inducted into the Northwestern State University Graduate N Club Hall of Fame on October 27, 2012. The three-time All-American was honored for his contributions to the NSU’s track and field program winning several championships and honors during his tenure. Congratulations Coach Bean from your Track Houston family.

Excerpt from NSU news article:

[ . . . Bean was the third-place finisher at the 1996 NCAA Indoor Championships, clearing a career best 7-4 ½. He also captured All-America honors outdoors that year with a 7-3 ¾ jump for ninth place, and repeated as an Indoor All-American in 1997 as a senior with a fifth-place 7-3 ¾ mark.

The Houston native won four Southland Conference high jump crowns: 1994 and 1995 indoors, and 1995 and 1996 outdoors. Bean reached six consecutive NCAA Championships indoors and outdoors. . . ]

Coach Bean was also a finalist in the 1996 Olympic Trials in Atlanta, GA.

Terrance has been part of Track Houston for almost 7 years and his 4 children and wife are all members of the club.

The Home Team Wins 9 Gold Medals at AAU Junior Olympic

Houstonians didn’t have to go far to compete against the nations best. In fact, some Track Houston athletes were in walking distance of the stadium. This year AAU brought their national Junior Olympic Games and 17,000 athletes to the Houston area for a week of heated competition in 100 degrees temperature. Over 11,000 of those athletes competed in track and field events hosted at Turner Stadium in Humble, TX.

Track Houston had 205 athletes to qualify for the AAU Junior Olympic and had athletes entered in almost all events offered. The diversity of our athletes’ skills is attributed to the dedication, knowledge and training from our volunteer coaching staff.

That training paid off as our athletes displayed their skills on another national stage in front of family, friends, teachers and neighbors who were not disappointed. They won 9 gold medals 7 silver and 7 bronze medals. The award presentation also awarded medals to 4th through 8th place which brings the total to 105 medals won by Track Houston athletes.

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2012 AAU Junior Olympic National Qualifiers

One of those gold medals was awarded to Dynasty McClennon of the Sub Bantam Girls division. She won the 400 meter run with a time of 1:06.22 in a thrilling finish where only the finish line photo could decide the winner. She also won Silver in the 200m with a time of 27.85 in a crowed field of 81 competitors.  Alone with first place, Dynasty broke the previous national record of 27.98. Another silver medal was earned by Dynasty and her 4x400m relay team of Jalen Elrod, Daja Maxey and Peyton Vancourt.

Camila Vicens won her third national gold medal in the Bantam Girls 1500m race walk at the AAU Junior Olympic and the other 2 were won at USATF Junior Olympic and USATF Youth Outdoor. Camila also set a new record at the USATF Gulf association meet with a time of 8:57.70 and another one at USATF Region 12 in a time of 8:30.68.

In the Bantam Boys division, Ian Gilmore won 1st out of 82 competitors in the 400 meters run with a time of 1:00.35. It was his personal best time of the season and one second faster than second place. Ian also won the Bronze medal in the 800m. Being a member of the 4x100m relay team, Ian and his teammates Joel Delva, Bryson Stubblefield and Kentrell Singleton won gold with a time of 52.19 seconds. With that outstanding time the boys propelled themselves to the No. 1 ranked 4x100m relay team in the country in their division.

Dwan Seaton has been throwing the javelin since he was a Bantam but a national Junior Olympic title has always eluded him, until now. Dwan won gold this year in the javelin throw in the Intermediate Boys division with a distance of 149 feet.

Winning the 300m hurdles and placing second in the 100m hurdles at the Texas High School State Championships (UIL) made Alaysha Johnson one of the top hurdlers in the state this year. Winning the 100 and 400 meters hurdles at the AAU National Junior Olympic made her the top hurdler in the country for the Intermediate Girls division. This is a great accomplishment for someone who has only been participating in hurdle events for 2 years but I’m sure many more good years await her in these 2 events. Alaysha also participated in the 4x400m relay with teammates Zarriea Willis, Taylor Bennett and Farrin Davis. They won the silver medal and broke the previous record alone with the first place team.

Young Men/Women Divisions displaying 4x100m Gold Medals

Well, records are made to be broken or so they say. Anytime the Young Men division’s 4x100m relay team stepped on the track, that was a possibility. It became a reality at the AAU Junior Olympic when the 4x100m relay team of O’Shea Wilson, Jermaine Authorlee, Ahmed Ali and Kyle Fulks set a new AAU national record running 40 seconds flat beating the old record of 40.24. One month earlier the same relay team set the USA Track and Field national record with a time of 39.56 seconds. The young men 2012 season has been a great one for this relay team, winning 2 national championships and setting a AAU and USATF national record. This act will be a hard one for any relay team to follow.

In the Young Women division, the 4x100m relay team set the stage for the Young Men’s team by winning their own gold. The team of Bria Carter, Bealoved Brown, Akeyla Mitchell and Dominique Taylor won first place in a time of 45.99 seconds.

Excerpt from YourHoustonNews.com:

[ . . . The top area club in relays was Track Houston which won three AAU titles and 12 medals of bronze or better. The stellar team of O’Shea Wilson, Ahmed Ali, Jermaine Authorlee, Kyle Fulks, Jacob Onyechi and Lawrence Johnson broke national record in the Young Men 400-meter relay, running 40 seconds flat.

Bealoved Brown, Bria Carter, Erica Davis, Akeyla Mitchell and Dominique Taylor ran a 45.99 to claim the Young Women 400-meter relay for Track Houston. The club’s sprint relay team of Joel Delva, Ian Gilmore, Kentrell Singleton and Bryson Stubblefield won the Bantam boys national title in 52.19.

Also starring for Track Houston was the relay group of O’Shae Clark, Dominique Lang, Robert Lewis, Oscar De Leon, ‘Nikalos Harrell, Shamon Ehiemua, Broderick Jones, Kenneth Lange and Jacobe Finley who combined for two silver medals and a bronze in the Youth boys division . . . ]

2012 USATF National Junior Olympic Highlights

A visit to Washington DC to see the White House and historical monuments capped off a week of tense competition endured by our athletes. Several Track Houston athletes participated in the 2012 USATF National Junior Olympic in Baltimore MD where they won 4 Gold, 2 Silver and 5 Bronze medals. Altogether, Track Houston athletes accumulated 58 medals for places first through eighth.

Camila Vicens was new to track this year and did not know what to expect but after several track meets her site coach Marcus Davis suggested she try the race walk event. He gathered the necessary information and began her training. Camila grasped the training and never looked back. In her first year of participating in track, she won her second national gold medal in the bantam girls division 1500m race walk at the USATF Junior Olympics. She won her first gold medal at the USATF Youth Outdoor Nationals in Arlington, TX in late June. Great job Camila and coaches.

The Track Houston Youth Boys came away from Baltimore with Gold in 2 events, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze. The 4x800m relay team of O’Shae Clark, Kenneth Lang, Oscar DeLeon and Robert Lewis won their gold in a time of 8:33.11. Gold was also won in the 4×400 meter relay team of Dominique Lang, Robert Lewis, O’Shae Clark and Oscar DeLeon with a time of 3:27.81. The youth boys currently rank No. 2 in the country in the 4x400m and No. 3 in the 4x800m. O’Shae Clark came away with Silver in the 800m and stepped in on the 4x100m relay with teammates Broderick Jones, Shamon Ehiemua, Dominique Lang to win Bronze. The boys made a great showing at the Junior Olympics and with training and support from Coaches Daryl Sanford, Keith Evans and Terrance Lange, Track Houston has one of the nations top youth boys division.

The Young Men division 4x100m relay team of Kyle Fulks, Ahmed Ali, Jermaine Authorlee and O’Shea Wilson won Gold at the USATF National Junior Olympic in Baltimore, MD. Three weeks earlier at the USATF Region 12 meet in Lubbock, TX, that same team set a new USA Track and Field national record with a blazing time of 39.56. The previous record of 39.73 had stood for 14 years and was set by a previous generation of Track Houston young men. The 2012 Young Men 4x100m relay team is now part of history and those 4 names will be inked in the record books.

Congratulations to the Newest Members of the “Elite 39″ Club

O’Shea Wilson, Jermaine Authorlee, Ahmed Ali and Kyle Fulks

The Track Houston Young Men division 4x100m relay team of O’Shea Wilson, Jermaine Authorlee, Ahmed Ali and Kyle Fulks broke the USA Track and Field national record with a time of 39.56 seconds. The previous record of 39.73 was set in 1998 by the Track Houston team of Ryan Beard, Ben Gay, Joey Harris and Terrance Williams who now have passed the baton on to the next Track Houston generation of record holders.

Running under 40 seconds is not something you see a 4x100m relay team do all the time but when our Young Men division did it at the USATF Region 12 meet in Lubbock Texas, it was a feeling of excitement and a since of accomplishment. Once they realized their time had broken the national record, it was a surreal experience knowing that you are the best 4x100m relay team in the country of all times.

The record was set on July 7, 2012 which gives the team time to improve baton exchanges and foot speed before running at the two national meets at the end of July. The Young Men’s team will participate in the USATF National Junior Olympic in Baltimore MD, and the AAU Junior Olympic Games held in Humble TX. Both events will feature a semifinal and final which gives the team 4 more chances to improve their time. These events will also feature other teams who are in the Elite 39 club and who are potential record breakers but I’ll put my money on “Big Red”. No matter what happens, this will be a summer to remember in junior track and field.

A Record 7 Team National Championships Awarded

Track Houston won a record 7 team national awards at the USA Youth Outdoor Track and Field Championships held in Arlington Texas. No other club in the history of the youth national meet has won as many team championships as Track Houston did this year. This event was the second largest Youth Outdoor National meet hosted by USA Track and Field with over 2500 athletes from across the country participating.

USA Youth Outdoor is an annual national event that Track Houston often attends to give athletes another opportunity to compete against other top national competition. In addition to the 7 team championships, Track Houston athletes also won first place in 16 events.

A special recognition goes to the Bantam Girls division who won their team championship with only 6 girls.

Track Houston National Team Champions: Bantam Girls, Bantam Boys, Midget Boys, Youth Girls, Youth Boys, Intermediate Girls, Intermediate Boys

Third Place Team Finalist: Sub Bantam Boys, Young Women

Athletes Compete in the AAU Area 19 National Qualifier Meet

As many as 70 track clubs and more than 2600 athletes participating in the AAU Area 19 National Qualifier Championships which includes Houston and the entire Southeast Texas area. Track Houston alone accounted for more than 10% of the total number of athletes who participated. At this venue athletes were vying for a chance to compete in the National AAU Junior Olympic held in the first week of August.

Although this regional competition was fierce, 205 Track Houston athletes qualified to compete in the AAU National Junior Olympic Games. A well deserved congratulations is extended to the athletes and their coaches and with the highlight of the season almost upon us, Track Houston athletes will be prepared to compete to their utmost abilities.

Alaysha Johnson Selected as Girls Athlete of the Year

The Houston Chronicle selected sophomore Alaysha Johnson as the 2012 All-Greater Houston Track and Field Girls Athlete of the Year. She was surprised and honored to be selected for such a distinguished award.

In her second year of competing in hurdle events, Alaysha won the 2012 Texas State High School title in the 300m hurdles with a time of 41.83 seconds which ranked her 10th in the country. She also placed second in the 100m hurdles which was the 13th fastest time in the nation.

In an interview with Angel Verdejo of the Houston Chronicle, Alaysha explained that she wanted to run hurdles like her big brother Crayton but didn’t realize it would be so technical. The first time she ran the hurdles she fell and bruised herself but it was Crayton who encouraged her to keep trying. Little did Alaysha know that she would become one of the best hurdlers in the country, and only a sophomore.

In the Houston Chronicle’s article Alaysha explained how she felt after winning the state title.

[. . . It was amazing – it was – and it was surprising. You want to say that you expect to win, but everybody expects to win. It doesn’t hit you until like the day after and you just think, ‘I won state.’ It was such a great experience . . .]

Alaysha has been a member of the Track Houston family since she was 7 years old and became interested in hurdle events 2 years ago. She looks forward to competing for the state title again but her immediate attention is to compete for the national title at the Junior Olympics this year. She has a special talent and one to look forward to in the future. Remember her name, Alaysha (Laylay) Johnson.

Track Houston Alum Shahira Ehiemua named Conference Freshman of the Year

Being a freshmen in college can seem scary to some especially when the college is in another city or state, but when Shahira Ehiemua took her first visit to the University of Texas at San Antonio, she felt right at home. In her first year, she accomplished something no other athlete had done in the UTSA program history. She was named the 2012 Southland Conference Outdoor Freshmen of the Year.

Excerpt from UTSA Roadrunners

[. . . Ehiemua led all freshmen with her team-leading 16.5 points at last weekend’s Southland Outdoor Championships in San Marcos. The Missouri City native ran the lead leg of UTSA’s championship 400-meter relay that clocked the second-fastest time in conference history (44.81) and it marked the second time the quartet set a school record this spring. She went on to place second in the 100m (11.71) and third in the deuce (23.91). Ehiemua qualified for both finals with personal bests in the preliminary heats.

Her efforts helped lead the Roadrunners to second place in the team standings with 139.5 points and it was the program’s best finish since it successfully defended its league title in 1997. Stephen F. Austin rallied in the meet’s final event, the 1,600m relay, to win its fourth consecutive championship and the Ladyjacks’ two-and-a-half-point margin of victory was the closest since UTSA edged UT Arlington by one point in 1993 . . .]

Track Houston High School Athletes to Compete in State Championships

Ahmed Ali

Ahmed Ali

The Houston area is widely known as a hotbed of athletic talent in the state of Texas and the nation. Many track and field athletes from this area are ranked in the top 10 in the country with several of them being Track Houston athletes.

On the weekend of April 27-28, the University Interscholastic League (UIL) conducted it’s annual High School Regional Track and Field Championships. The 4 regional meets determined who will qualify for the state high school championship meet which will be held in Austin, Texas on May 11-12.

The Track Houston high school athletes were represented well in the regional meets with 20 athletes qualifying for the 2012 UIL State Track and Field Championships.

Regional Meet Results

Region 3 5A Boys

Kyle Fulks

Kyle Fulks

Ahmed Ali

1st – 200m – 20.79

2nd – 4x100m Relay – Alief Hastings – 41.56

2nd – 4x200m Relay – Alief Hastings – 1:25.88

James Arnett

2nd – 4x100m Relay – Alief Hastings – 41.56

2nd – 4x200m Relay – Alief Hastings – 1:25.88

Terrell Clement

1st – 110m Hurdles – 14.09

1st – 300m Hurdles – 37.40

Kyle Fulks

1st – 100m – 10.46

3rd – 200m  – 20.98

Xavier Moss

Xavier Moss

Xavier Moss

1st – 800m – 1:52.78

Tortseju Kuyatsemi (TK)

2nd – 4x100m Relay – Alief Hastings – 41.56

2nd – 4x200m Relay – Alief Hastings – 1:25.88

O’Shea Wilson

3rd – 4x200m – Fort Bend Bush – 1:26.20

 

Region 3 5A Girls

Skylar Ross Ransom

Skylar Ross Ransom

Jasmine Grace

1st – 4x100m Relay – Fort Bend Hightower – 46.78

1st – 4x200m Relay – Fort Bend Hightower – 1:38.50

Rushell Harvey

 1st – 200m – 24.23

2nd – 100m – 11.90

Mylana Hearn

1st – Triple Jump – 38′-10″

Jasmine Jack

3rd – High Jump – 5′-4″

Olubunmi Okunade

1st – 4x400m Relay – Fort Bend Bush – 3:45.89

Skylar Ross Ransom

1st – 100m Hurdles – 13.93

2nd – 4x100m Relay – Langham Creek – 47.16

Kelsey Roy

Bealoved Brown

Bealoved Brown

2nd – 100m Hurdles – 14.33

 

Region 2 5A

Alaysha Johnson

3rd – 100m Hurdles – 14.19

2nd – 400m Hurdles – 42.65

3rd – 4x100m Relay – Spring Westfield – 46.94

Zarriea Willis

2nd – High Jump – 5′-7″

 

Region 3 4A

Bealoved Brown

1st – 100m – 11.84

1st – 200m – 23.89

1st – 4x100m – Beaumont Ozen – 46.92

1st – 4x200m – Beaumont Ozen – 1:41.18

Devin Parks

Devin Parks

Matthew Oubre

3rd –  Discus Throw – 159′-2″

 

Region 4 5A

Kiana Horton

1st – 4x400m – Northside Stevens – 3:55.76

2nd – 4x200m – Northside Stevens – 1:41.44

 

Region 4 2A

Devin Parks

1st – 100m – 10.67

2nd – 200m – 22.61

1st – 4x100m – Edna – 42.51

1st – 4x200m – Edna – 1:29.60

Track Houston teams up with Chevron Houston Marathon

More than 28,000 runners took to the streets of Houston on Sunday, January 15 as the 2012 Chevron Houston Marathon top off perhaps the biggest weekend of road racing ever seen in this country. In the marathon’s 40th year, Track Houston teamed up with Chevron Houston to be one of its premier volunteer member groups. Coaches, administrators, parents and athletes made up the 73 Track Houston volunteers who contributed to the success of the marathon’s day of events.

The Track Houston Fundraiser Committee would like to thank the volunteers for their time and talents as Track Houston strives to be a positive impact in our community, while helping to instill great values in our impressionable youth. As always, we appreciate the support of our volunteers and look forward to participating in this event next year.

Athletes Win the Carl Lewis Invitational Indoor Meet

Track Houston had several athletes participate in the Carl Lewis High School Indoor Track and Field meet at the University of Houston on January 14, 2012. The participants in this meet traveled from as far as Colorado and Illinois to compete against some of the nation’s top high school athletes on the indoor track. Track Houston athletes faired well at this meet and concluded it by winning the  “Team of Meet” award with athletes winning the Bronze medal or better in 7 events.

One of the top athletes of the meet was Track Houston’s Ahmed Ali who is currently ranked 2nd in the country in the 200m dash with his personal best of 21.35 seconds and ranked 6th in the 60m dash with a time of 6.87 seconds. His stellar performance at the Carl Lewis Indoor meet earned him the award titled “Athlete of Meet”. Ahmed has scholarship offers from Texas A&M, Baylor, TCU and the University of Houston among others and he looks forward to ending his high school career with a couple of state championships.

Results of Track Houston athletes at the Carl Lewis High School Indoor Track and Field meet:

Ahmed Ali – Gold, Boys 200m dash, 22.02 (placed first out of 119)

Ahmed Ali, O’Shea Wilson, James Arnett, Xavier Moss – Gold, Boys 4x200m, 1:31.74

Ahmed Ali – Silver, Boys 60m dash, 6.87 (placed second out of 127)

Jasmine Jack – Silver, Girls High Jump, 5’-4”

Samiyah Samuels – Silver, Girls Long Jump, 17’-9”

O’Shea Wilson – Bronze, Boys Triple Jump, 44’-2.75”

Kelsey Roy – Bronze, Girls 60m Hurdles, 8.91

 

Track Houston Alumnus Brodrick Brown, “First-Team All-Big 12″

The Oklahoma State University star cornerback Brodrick Brown, has earned First-Team All-Big 12 honors voted on by the Big 12 coaches and by the Associated Press. Other honors are the Second-Team All-American by Sports Illustrated, and Third-Team All-American by the Associated Press. Brodrick is the son of Coach Thatford Brown who is very proud of his son’s accomplishments on the field and in the class room. See Brodricks compete list of honors below.

* First-Team All-Big 12, coaches

* First-Team All-Big 12, Associated Press

* Third-Team All-American, AP

* Second-Team All-American, SI.com

* Jim Thorpe Award semifinalist

* Lott IMPACT Trophy Semifinalist

* Jim Thorpe  Defensive Back of the Week

* Lott Trophy IMPACT Player of the  Week

* First-Team Academic, All-Big 12 (2010)

* First-Team Academic, All-Big 12 (2009)

Brodrick’s name became well known in college football media when he made one of the most spectacular plays of the year that captivated every sports media outlet in the country. In the 2010 game against the Sooners, Brodrick leaped in front of the OU sideline to re-direct the OU’s quarterback pass to his own team mate resulting in an interception. Brodrick knew that if he caught the ball going out of bounds nothing would be gained from it but his quick thinking earned him accolades throughout the sports community. It was named as the defensive play of the year by ESPN.com’s Pat Forde and ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit.

No. 19 Brodrick Brown’s Highlight

Joshua Brooks, Running for a Good Cause

Running track, cross country running, playing soccer and basketball and being awarded medals and trophies for his outstanding performances in those sporting events may seem like it’s more than enough for Track Houston’s Joshua Brooks, but the 9 year old has embarked on a different venture using his athletic talents to help others.

Joshua was one of 300 runners to participate in the sold-out Operation Jack Marathon on December 26, 2011, which serves to benefit autism-related charities. The event was created by the parents of Jack, a boy with autism and held in Manhattan Beach, California.

Joshua ran in the half marathon (13.1 miles), and finished in 1 hour 37 minutes with a pace of 7:27 per mile. This event was quite challenging for Joshua and he wanted to stop several times but he knew he had to finish what he started.

The lesson Joshua learned is that not everything you do must end with an award or trophy but helping others is rewarding in itself.

Click on the image to see Joshua Brook’s interview with a Los Angeles news station.

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Cross Country Athletes Compete in USATF Region XII Meet

Track Houston’s Cross Country program is in its infancy compared to the track and field program but headed by Coach Kenya Artis, it is on the fast track to becoming an elite program. It was a drastic change from the summer heat of 104 degrees plus, to cool fall mornings of 40 to 60 degrees temperatures, nevertheless our athletes competed strongly against local competition throughout the season.

Track Houston had 11 athletes to compete in the USATF Gulf Championship meet that qualified for the state Region 12 meet in Marble Falls, TX. At this meet Coach Artis and Coach Keith Evans accompanied 8 athletes of which all of them placed in the top 15 medal qualifying positions. Our athletes had a great experience and ran their best times of the season. In the Sub Bantam Girls race our 2 runners missed out on the team award by 1 point but all of our athletes qualified for the USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country that will be held in Myrtle Beach, SC on December 9-10, 2011.

USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country Qualifiers

Sub Bantam Girls: Alex Age, Autumn Brent
Bantam Boys: Joshua Brooks, Joel Gassiott
Midget Boys: Jules Perrodin, Solomon Brent
Youth Boys: Kenneth Lange, Terrance Lange

 

Note: Athletes Kassandra Luna, Kayla Luna and Tate McMillan also qualified for Region 12 competition but were not able to attend.

Track Houston Showcases Athletes on HOT TV

Track Houston was invited to appear on HOT TV on August 11 to showcase some of their national medal winners. The athletes were interviewed by Charles Brown where they displayed many of their national medals from USA Track & Field and AAU national track meets. Coach William Valerie, the president of Track Houston, introduced some of the athletes and noted their winning events.  He also explained some of the organizational structure and how interested athletes can join the club.  Track Houston enjoyed their time at the studio and would like to thank HOT TV for their invitation.

HOT stands for “Houston’s Own Talent” and their sole purpose is to bring attention to all talent in Houston as well as those visiting.

To view video click on image.

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Intermediate Girls Determination Prevails at AAU and USATF

Coach William Valerie knew he had a very good Intermediate Girls team ages 15-16, but he didn’t know to what extent.  At the AAU National Junior Olympic Games in New Orleans LA, his relay teams showed that there was no limit to their determination as they won the 4×100 meter and the 4×400 meter relay races. The 4×400 meter relay team of Rushell Harvey, Alaysha Johnson, Zarriea Willis and Mahasin Ahmad won in a time of 3:45.05 which was their best time of the year. In the 4×100 meter relay race, the team of Tarameshia Gordon, Rushell Harvey, Alaysha Johnson and Zarriea Willis was in a battle to the end, but it was heart and determination that prevailed with their first place win.

One week earlier the Intermediate Girls won the 4×100 meter and 4×400 meter relay races at the USATF National Junior Olympics in Wichita, KS. No other track club has won these 2 relays in both AAU and USATF National Junior Olympics in the same year in one division. In conclusion to a great season, the Track Houston Intermediate Girls 4×100 and 4×400 meter relay teams are ranked No. 1 in the country. Several of these girls will be returning to the Intermediate Girls division next year, so stay tuned for even better results in 2012.

Age Division of the Year “Track Houston Sub Bantam Girls”

Talk in the preseason was that the Track Houston Sub Bantam Girls division would be okay this year. Well that was quite an understatement. These girls ages 6-8 dominated their age division at the local, state and national level where they won many gold medals and set several new records.

The Sub Bantam Girls head coach Kenya Artis said that her girls and coaching staff worked very hard this year and set their goals to make their first ever appearance in the National Junior Olympics. Starting this year, USATF included the Sub Bantam division (ages 6-8) in their national track meet.

Their road to the Junior Olympics kicked off at the USATF Gulf Association Championships where the girls placed 1st in 6 out of 7 running events which included the 100M, 200M, 400M, 1500M, 4x100M and 4x400M. The SBG set a new record in the 4×400 meter relay and another one was set by Zorah Fontenot in the 1500 meter run in a time of 6:14.32.

In the USATF Region 12 contest (Texas state meet), Dynasty McClennon won the 100M with Daja Maxey placing 2nd. Dynasty also broke the 200M record with a time of 30.45. The previous record stood for 7 years. The Track Houston SBG winning streak continued as Jalen Elrod and Maryah Hampton placed 1st and 2nd in the 400 meter race. In the 1500 meters run Zorah Fontenot show her poise and stamina as she easily won her distance race and set a new Region 12 record with a time of 6:14.72. The relay races completed the Sub Bantam Girls roll through the regional finals with a win in the 4×100 meter relay and a win and a new record in the 4×400 meter relay.

Their road to Kansas wasn’t paved with yellow bricks but with blue ribbons that would lead the Sub Bantam Girls to Wichita, KS where they could compete among the nations best at the USATF National Junior Olympics. The first national medal for the Sub Bantam Girls came when Dynasty McClennon was in a battle to the finish line with another athlete in the 200M race but after a few seconds “1 McClennon” displayed on the timing system board for a first place finish. In the 400M race it appeared that Jalen Elrod was out of the race running in 4th place but with 100 meters to go she shifted into another gear to pull off a spectacular win. The 4×100 meter relay team of Jalen Elrod, Daja Maxey, Maryah Hampton and Adaora Nwokeji won gold in a time of 1:01.01. The girls had two 4×400 meter relay teams to medal in the final. The team of Jalen Elrod, Daja Maxey, Maryah Hampton and Dynasty McClennon ran away from the field to win gold and their second team of Zorah Fontenot, Adaora Nwokeji, Karlee Singletary and Kaylan Johnson earned the 4th place medal. The other medal finalist are Dynasty McClennon; silver in the 100M, Daja Maxey; 4th place medal in the 100M and Zorah Fontenot; 4th placed in the  1500M run.

This year the SBG coaches decided to enter the girls in the AAU National Junior Oympic Games. In this venue the girls 4×100 meter relay team of Daja Maxey, Maryah Hampton, Adaora Nwokeji and Dynasty McClennon broke the national record in the prelims with a time of 1:01.27. That same team in the finals won gold and broke their own record set the day before in a blazing time of 59.96.

Coach Kenya Artis, Candy McClennon, Martrice Wafer and Keith Wright did a great job training and encouraging these young ladies. Appreciation goes to the parents, because without their strong support many of these accomplishments would not be possible.

“We’re not in Kansas anymore Toto”, but wow . . . .

USATF JO_Opening Ceremony

USATF - Junior Olympic Opening Ceremony

“We’re not in Kansas anymore Toto”, but wow, what a performance our athletes put on while they were there amassing a Track Houston record total of 171 medals from the 2011 USATF National Junior Olympics in Wichita, KS. This meet proved to be very challenging in heat of 104 degrees plus, but it did not deter our athletes from accomplishing their tasks.

Their accomplishments included 10 first place awards and 53 others from 2nd to 8th place.

Starting this year, USATF included the Sub Bantam division (ages 6-8) in their national competitions and our Sub Bantam Girls took every opportunity to show why they belong on the national stage. In the 200 meters Dynasty McClennon took gold with a time of 29.48 and silver in the 100 meters with a time 14.55. To not be out-staged by her team mate, Jalen Elrod made a dramatic come from behind win in the 400 meters to claim her own national gold medal. The Sub Bantam girls also won the 4×100 and 4×400 meter relays.

In the Sub Bantam Boys division, the 4×400 meter relay team won gold in an unusual fashion where a team of 4 athletes ran in the prelims and another one in the finals. The coaches strategy and total team effort worked well for the Sub Bantam Boys in securing first place in the 4×400 meter relay race.

In his second year of high jumping, Caleb Cavanaugh of the Bantam Boys division won this event with a jump of 4’9″ to clear the bar. Observing the height of his mother and father, Caleb will be participating in this event for a long time and certainly bringing home more gold.

In the Midget Boys 4×100 meter relay race, Track Houston was the only team to run under 50 seconds in the prelims and finals to win gold with a time of 49.60.

In a repeat performance the Intermediate Girls won the 4×100 meter relay for a second year in a row. This year the girls added the 4×400 meter relay win to their collection of gold medals and is ranked No. 1 in the country in both relays.

The Intermediate Boys capped off the evening with the 4th Track Houston 4×400 meter relay win. This race was almost in parallel to the way the Intermediate Boys won this race last year but with 3 different athletes proving that they could do the job as well.

Excerpt from www.yourhoustonnews.com

[. . . . Track Houston proved to be the relay kings in Wichita earning the bronze medal or better in 16 relay races, seven of which were national champions. The club won twice in the Sub-Bantam (ages 6-8) Girls division with Jalen Elrod, Maryah Hampton, Daja Maxey and Adaora Nwokeji running a 1:01.01 to win the 400-meter title and Dynasty McClennon stepping in on the mile relay championship (5:05.18). . . .]

Sub Bantam Boys Highlights at AAU Primary National Championships

From left Cameron Chretien, Mitchell Mosby, Jalen Davis and Jadin Cooper

Extended-season congratulations are in order for the following team members who represented Track Houston at the AAU Primary National Championship. The event was held in Orlando, FL from July 8 through July 10, 2011.

In a highly rewarding end to his inaugural season, Jalen Davis, age 6, represented the Pee-Wee Boys running a 9.54 in the Multi-Event to secure a Gold Medal for the team in the 55 meters. He went on to leap 6-08.50 in the Long Jump and threw 7-02.25 in the Shot Put, for a total of 994 points. Davis proceeded to toss a 10-3 in the Shot Put and ran a 35.26 in the 200 meters which earned him two Silver Medals. Finally, his 16.96 in the 100 meters earned him a 5th place medal.

Kudos to Mitchell Mosby, age 7, who represented the Sub-Primary Boys by running the 100 meter dash in 16.79 to earn a 7th place medal. Mosby also ran the 400 meter Dash with a time of 1:33.13 and the 200 meter Dash with a time of 36.42 placing 15th overall for both events.

Cameron Chretien, age 8, vigorously represented the Primary Boys by running an outstanding 40 meter Hurdles to take the Bronze Medal in 9.17. Chretien jumped a 10-8.50 to secure 6th place in the finals. He also participated in the 100 meter Dash with a time of 16.19, placing 20th overall. For the Triathlon, Chretien ran an outstanding 34.24 in the 200 meters, jumped 9-5.75 in the long jump and tossed a 15-01.50 in the Shot Put for a total of 599 points. Chretien placed 11th overall.

Jadin Cooper, age 8, was not to be outdone. Also representing the Primary Boys, Cooper ran an 8.82 in the 40 meter Hurdles to score a Silver Medal. His rewarding efforts in the Triathlon consisted of a 35.06 in the 200 meter Dash, an outstanding 9-11.25 leap in the Long Jump and an equally-outstanding 20-01.00 throw in the Shot Put for a total of 872 which earned him an 8th place medal. Cooper’s 11-02.50 jump earned a 4th place medal overall in the long jump and a toss of 17-2.50 put Cooper in 11th place overall in the open Shot Put.

Let’s continue to encourage all of our fierce competitors. They had a great season. Appreciation is also due to the dedicated parents who are an integral part of Track Houston. Way to go Track Houston!!!!!!!

Dominance with a Capital “D”

Congratulations to the Track Houston Youth Girls division for qualifying 5 athletes out of the top 6 positions in the 100 and 200 meter dash at the USATF Gulf Association Championships. Their dominance didn’t stop there. These girls won every running event in their division including additional places from 2nd to 6th. The top 6 places in each event from this meet will advance to the USATF Region 12 meet (Texas state meet) in Arlington, Texas on July 6-9.

The Youth Girls also set a new USATF Gulf Association record in the 4×100 meter relay with a time of 47.82 and another one was set by Sydney Gandy in the 1500 meter run with a strong finish in 5:06.01.

The Youth Girls coaches Veronica Daniels and Marcus Davis are very proud of the accomplishments of their girls as well as the Track Houston family and look forward to similar accomplishments at the national level later in July.

Track Houston Youth Girls 100 Meter results:

1st – Taylor Bennett

2nd – Amber Ivy

3rd – Samiyah Samuels

4th – Haley Cossey

6th – Jaslyn Perrodin

 

Track Houston Youth Girls 200 Meter results:

1st – Taylor Bennett

2nd – Amber Ivy

3rd – Charity Thomas

4th – Morgan Davis

6th – Haley Cossey

 

Other Track Houston Youth Girls results:

1st, 4th & 5th – 400M Dash

1st, 4th & 6th – 800M Run

1st & 2nd – 1500M Run

1st & 2nd – 3000M Run

1st, 3rd & 6th – 100M Hurdles

1st & 4th – 200M Hurdles

1st & 2nd – 4x100M Relay

1st, 2nd & 4th – 4x400M Relay

1st – 4x800M Relay

1st & 2nd – Long Jump

Athletes win 8 First Place Awards at Junior Olympics

This year’s USATF National Junior Olympic held in Sacramento California highlighted over 150 Track Houston athletes accompanied by more than 120 Track Houston coaches, staff members, and parents. Our Vice President and Travel Coordinator Brenda Foster did an excellent job coordinating flight plans, hotel accommodations, and ground transportation.

With their travel arrangements taken care of, coaches and athletes could concentrate more on preparing for the level of competition expected at the Junior Olympic and with strong support, this year our athletes amassed a total of 146 medals which included 8 first place awards.

One of our elite athletes Kendall Sheffield won gold in the 100 meter hurdles and was less than two-tenths of a second off the National record in winning the 200 meter hurdles. Kendall is also recognized as the top hurdler in the country in the Youth Boys division ranked No. 1 in the 200m hurdles and No. 2 in the 100m hurdles. He won his third gold medal as part of the Youth Boys 4×400 meter relay team.

The Youth Boys had a spectacular meet earning a record 26 medals for their age division and has the nation’s top 4×400 meter relay team. The Youth Boys had a second 4x400m relay team to medal 4th and had two 4x800m relay teams to medal in the finals.

The Intermediate Girls won gold in the 4×100 meter relay and retained their No. 1 ranking in the country.

The Intermediate Boys 4×800 meter relay race came down to the finish, with Track Houston 8:01.06 beating Glenarden 8:01.29 by just two-tenths of a second in the final few meters. The 4×400 meter relay race lead went back and forward between Track Houston and other teams but it was Track Houston that pulled away with 100 meters left to win first place.

Zarriea Willis, Taylor Bennett, Farrin Davis, and Alaysah Johnson were the only Youth Girls 4×400 meter relay team to run under 3:50 with a winning time of 3:49.69 in a race where Track Houston lead from beginning to end.

In the Young Women division, the 4×800 meter relay team ran away from the field to win gold with a time of 9:13.84. They also had a second 4x800m team to medal in the finals.

Fastest 4x100M Relay Team in the Country

Don’t be fooled by their pint size, friendly smiles, and playful attitudes. When they’re on the track it’s all business. The Sub-Bantam Boys 4×100 meter relay team consisting of Joel Delva, Bryson Stubblefield, Daniel Huery, and Dylan Dawson has the fastest time in the country this year in their division. They not only have the the fastest time this year but they also broke the USATF Region 12 meet record with a time of 58.63 which was previously held by the 2007 Track Houston Sub-Bantam Boys. Head Coach Keith Stubblefield knew the record was within his teams reach but was more preoccupied with his boys performing well and keeping them focused. Coach Stubblefield and staff efforts paid off as their 4×100 meter relay team won gold, broke the regional record, and solidified their number 1 ranking in the country. GREAT JOB!

National Glory for Youth Track Club

National Glory for Youth Track Club is the title of a television news story featuring Track Houston athletes, coaches, and administrators. The club was invited to appear on FOX 26 Morning News on July 12th after their recent national accomplishments in Illinois and Florida. Jose Ginan of FOX 26 News interviewed club president William Valerie who explained some of the accomplishments of the athletes of which many were displaying their medals and plaques.

To view video click on image.

Four Time Annual Winners at National Meet

Some may win twice or maybe 3 in a row but a streak of 4 National Team titles for the Track Houston Youth Boys at the USATF Youth Outdoor Nationals is an accomplishment second to none. The Youth Boys coaching staff headed by Coach Daryl Sanford has done a great job training and motivating the team to perform at their utmost. Their recent championship was awarded to them in Lisle, Illinois after scoring a total of 95 points, 41 more than the second place team. The Youth Boys won gold in the 4×100, 4×400, and 4×800 meter relays and many other medals in individual events. Congratulations to the Youth Boys on their latest accomplishment and we look forward to their continuing efforts winning this title in the future.

At this same meet the Intermediate Boys also won their age division’s Team Championship title with 69.5 points.

Primary Division Keeping Up the Tradition

A Big Congratulations is in order to all of our Primary Athletes for a job well done at the Gulf AAU Primary Championships on May 15, 2010. The primary teams represented Track Houston very well with 32 boys and 28 girls which was the highest attendance of any track club. Each and every one of our Athletes competed to the best of their ability, concentrating and putting their very best foot forward. The competition was for ages 4 to 8 years old and awarded medals for 1st – 3rd and ribbons for 4th – 6th. Our primary boys brought home 23 medals and many ribbons and the girls were equally successful bringing home 29 medals. The evening topped off with the primary girls winning the overall Gulf AAU Primary Championship with 140 points and the boys winning with 112 points. The Coaches are extremely proud of each one of them, and we received many compliments from other teams on their performances, behavior, and accomplishments. Thank you Primary Coaching Staff, Team Managers, and Parents for a job well done preparing our youngest athletes to achieve the Track Houston tradition.

A Fitting Compliment to Success

If bringing home 17 gold medals within the last 3 years from the Junior Olympics was not enough for our Midget Girls to accomplish, now they will be seen by every member of USA Track and Field.

A picture of our Midget Girls 4x100M 2009 team was selected to be the feature picture in the 2010 USATF membership packet.  This packet is delivered to every USATF member around the world.

Track Houston is honored by this wonderful tribute to the Midget Girls multi-year success. Congratulations to Coach Elias Davis, his staff, and the Midget Girls parents.

The picture below features Taylor Bennett and Kiana Horton baton exchange in the 4×100 meter relay and is subtitled, “Where stars are born”.

2010 Membership Cover

Coach Valerie Receives Award

William ValerieCoach William Valerie our President and Intermediate Girls Head Coach was presented a 2009 National Youth Chair’s award at the 2009 USATF National Conference. The picture shows the award being presented to Coach Valerie (center) by USATF President Stephanie Hightower and Youth Chair Lionel Leach. The award states “2009 National Youth Chair’s award is presented to William Valerie in appreciation of your years of service and outstanding contributions to Youth Track and Field and Cross Country Programs across the United States. Your dedication and support has played a vital role in the development of Youth Athletics. Lionel Leach – Youth Chair”

Coach Valerie has been coaching for many years and was given special honors by personally presenting the gold medals to his first place intermediate girls at the 2009 Youth Outdoor 4x100m awards ceremony.

Track Houston at National Conference

Track Houston Head Coach Keith Combs was elected Zone 3 – 2009 Youth Coach of the Year at the 2009 USATF National Conference held in Indianapolis, Indiana. The 2009 National Conference was attended by Track Houston Coaches Joseph Felder, Keith Combs and Earl Thomas. Also, in attendance were Track Houston Alumni and professional USATF elite runners Gloria Asumnu (Tulane), Christopher Dykes (Texas A & M), and Jerome Miller (Baylor).

2009 USATF Annual Meeting

IndianapolisThe 31st USA Track & Field Annual Meeting was held in Indianapolis, Indiana which is also the home of USATF National Office and has played host to many historic track and field moments over the years, including the Inaugural IAAF World Indoor Track & Field Championships (1987), 1987 Pan American Games, 1988 Olympic Trials, 2005 National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships, and four editions of the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships – most recently in June 2007.

Listed below are some 2009 USATF Annual Meeting key points relating to the youth program: 

  • The 2011 Junior Olympics bid was awarded to Wichita, Kansas.
  • The 2011 Youth Outdoor Championships bid was awarded to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
  • The 2011 Cross Country Championships bid was awarded to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
  • Sub-bantam group (Primary) added as a National recognized age group by USATF. The addition of the sub-Bantam at the National Championship takes effective 2011. Athletes must be at least seven (7) years of age on the first day of the 2011 Youth Athletics National Championship to compete at the 2011 JO and 2011 Youth National Championship. In track and field, a competitor in the Sub Bantam, division may enter a maximum of 3 events. Also, Sub-Bantam Division will include the 1500 meter run and 4×400 meter relay events.
  • Intermediate, Young Men/Women’s age divisions are now required to follow Rule 162.12 which states:

Except in Combined Events, any competitor(s) responsible for the false start shall be disqualified and a red card/flag shall be placed on the respective lane marker(s), or raised in front of the respective athlete(s). Please note that the rule for the other division remains the same as follows: For the Sub Bantam, Bantam, Midget and Youth age divisions, no penalty shall be imposed for the first false start, but the Starter shall disqualify the offender or offenders for the second false start. False starts are called on individuals, not on the field.

Alumni News

cap-diplomaCongratulations to Track Houston Alumni who recently graduated from College and Law School: Christopher Dykes (Texas A & M), Naquanza Alfred (Rice), Sara Olayiwola (http://www.txstate.edu/be-a-bobcat/sara-olayiwola.html), Allie Booker (Texas Southern University-Thurgood Marshall School of Law), and Jerome Miller (Baylor).