Monday, June 30, 2008

Youth National Highlights: Track Eastern

This past weekend Track Eastern competed at the 2008 USATF Youth National Meet. We had a number of athletes competing from the Bantam to the Young Men and Women age groups. We kind of used this meet as a tune-up for the regional meet coming up in two weeks in Rock Hill, SC. Overall, we performed exceptionally well, as I said there is still some kinks that we have to work out.
In the Bantam age group we had Sydney Jenkins run the 100 and 200 dashes. Sydney contested a 14.19 in the 100 meter dash placing seventh. That Saturday, Sydney ran the 200 meter dash placing sixth in a time of 28.79.
Erin Jenkins represented Track Eastern in the Youth age group. Erin is a rising hurdler. He competed in the 100 and 200 meter hurdles. Erin qualified for the finals in both of his hurdling events. In the finals on Sunday, Erin ran 28.13 placing eighth, then came back later on in the day to post a time of 15.53 to capture a fifth place finish.

Track Eastern had a lot of representation in the Intermediate age group. For the girls, Dannielle Davis competed in the 100 meter hurdles placing sixth in a time of 15.26. Stephanie Jenkins also ran the hurdles. In the 400 hurdles, Stephanie ran a 1:14 after falling over the last hurdle. Intermediate girl sprinter Dominique Weathers, ran the 200 meter dash. Qualifying for the finals on Saturday, Dominique ran a time of 24.63 seconds placing eighth overall. The intermediate girls also competed in the 4x100 meter relay. The team consisted of Dannielle Davis, Amber Clark, Ronqeiya Luther and Bryanna Wyatt. Each girl ran a strong leg to place fourth in a time of 48.33 seconds. As for the Intermediate boys, it was a meet of fine tuning our races. We had two athletes compete in the 200 meter dash, Dontrez Carmon (23.15) and Thomas Eubanks (24.24). Dontrez also ran the 400 meter dash, in a time of 51.68. David Coe and I ran the 110 meter hurdles. David contested a time of 15.91 just missing the finals. I ran a 15.78 qualifying for the finals. I posted a 15.58 in the finals taking sixth overall. I also competed in the 400 meter hurdles. In the prelims I ran a time of 57.28. I came back in the finals on Sunday to post a time of 55.45 placing second. That Saturday, Thomas, David, Dontez and I came together to run the 4x100 meter dash relay. We took seventh in a time of 44.10.

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The Young Women age group displayed a number of outstanding performances. Future Gamecock Kelsey Mckorkle, competed in the 400 meter dash along with Brandy Swann. Brandy posted a time of 55.95 seconds placing fourth, while Kelsey ran a time of 55.04 placing first overall. Ryanna Henderson competed in the 1500 meter run. Ryanna placed second in a time of 4:52.18. Saturday the girls competed in 4x100 meter relay. With strong legs from Kelsey Mckorkle, Toccara Jones, Jayvonna Bowman and Brandy Swann, they ran away witht the victory in a time of 46.75. Some of those girls also ran on the 4x400 meter relay team. Kelsey, Brandy, Jayvonna and Ryanna all ran strong to place second in a time of 3:51.76. Track Eastern had a some of the Nation's best athletes compete in the Young Men age group. In the 100 meter dash final on Sunday, Track Eastern had three sprinters perform well. Demetrius David took sixth in a time of 11.00 seconds. Third was Darryl Williams in a time of 10.84 and coming in second was Fuquan Green run a time of 10.76. Track Eastern had another Gamecock compete, Booker Nunley ran the 110 hurdles. Booker ran a time of 13.72 seconds in the prelims and came back in the finals to post a time of 13.50 seconds to take first place. The young men 4x100 relay team ran well with strong legs from Darryl Williams, Fuquan Green, Demetrius David and Christopher Herring. The Young Men 4x400 meter relay who took a close second place, they ran a great race. Coming up short by two hundredths of a second to run a time of 3:11.25, they took second overall. The race was crazy.

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