The USATF Masters National Championship meet is just a memory now. But you can relive the moments that took place at Wake Forest University and share them with your friends and family. Shawn Coleman was on hand to capture the adrenaline-pumping races, the emotion, and the excitement that filled Kentner Stadium. These top-quality, high-resolution prints are available, starting at $3. So order a bunch today! All photos are copyrighted by Shawn Coleman Photography.
Recently, Mike Young and Explosion Track Club have been getting some ink. No, they didn't go out and get tattoos to celebrate their recent accomplishments at the USATF Masters National Championships. They appeared in the local digital news. For an article on Mike and the USATF Masters Nationals, visit AdvantageNews.com. Visit RiverBender.com to read about Mike and his experience as a Senior Olympian.
The Beast Squad Boys and Beast Squad Divas arrived in Winston-Salem, North Carolina with big plans. The main goal was to set new PRs. The next goal was to reach the awards stand. However, we didn't forget that most of all, we wanted to have fun doing it.
Following, are just a few highlights from the four days of competition that took place at Wake Forest University's Kentner Stadium. Lee Bridges wowed the crowd with a double victory in the 200 m and 400 m dashes. Newcomer to USATF, James Birgans, placed 2nd in the 100 m, leaving no doubt that he will contend for future championships in the premier event.
Rashida Gates showed no fear in the 400m, taking an early lead around the curve and through the backstretch. She hung on for 3rd place, achieving a personal record of 62.99 and All-America honors in the process. She also ran a stellar leg of the 4x400 m non-club relay, helping her team win silver. Hurdlers Kerry Sloan and Jay Williams achieved All-America honors in the 400 m hurdles, with times of 65.04 and 66.28.
The team performance of the day belonged to the M50 4x400 club relay team of Kerry Sloan, Mike Young, Jay Williams, and Leo Worsley. Kudos go out to Mike Young, who hadn't run a 400 m in over 30 years! He ran a tough lap on an injured foot, replacing an also injured Birgans.
Every team member contributed to the team's 63 point total, helping Explosion earn the 24th spot out of more than 100 teams. One member of the Beast Squad, however, shouldered the bulk of of the load. Beast Squad Diva, Jossette "Josie" Hobbs snagged two personal records and three All-America honors, en route to three silver medals and 18 team points! She won silver in the 100 m, the 200 m, and the long jump.
The team had a great time, setting new personal records and meeting friends new and old. One of those new friends is Jonah Silva, a member newly recruited by Peirre Williams when they were both at the USATF National Club Championships in Tacoma, Washington. Jonah participated in the 800 m as an unattached runner, placing 6th. He also ran a leg of the 2nd place 4x800 m non-club relay with yours truly. Next season, Jonah will compete as a member of the growing Explosion Track Club family. Welcome Jonah!
The following post is a reprint of a post by Lisa Rosborough, that appeared, in it's entirety on the Masters Track & Field Facebook Group.
SPECIAL FEATURE PART 1: 2014 USATF Region 12 Youth Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships July 9-12, 2014 Texas State University-San Marcos, TX
USA Track and Field is proud of each of our coaches who go the distance to make a difference in the lives of our athletes on their journey towards making it to regionals in San Marcos,TX this week. Not only do they coach athleticism, they coach values for life. Several of our coaches even manage tough schedules as accomplished athletes themselves!
Here is your 2014 Region 12 USA Track & Field Southwestern Association Coach of the Day:
HEAD COACH: KERRY SLOAN
TEAM: A RUNNNING START TRACK CLUB
LOCATION: HARKER HEIGHTS, TX
ABOUT COACH SLOAN:
*Hometown: Chicago, IL
*Current Residence: Harker Heights, TX
*USATF Certified Official
*Retired Army Veteran (Sergeant First Class)
*USATF Masters athlete currently ranked #2 in the nation and #3 in the world for the 400m intermediate hurdles in the 50-54 age group.
*Represented the USATF Southwestern Association at the 2014 USATF Masters Invitational in Sacramento, CA; winning the bronze medal in the 400m IH.
*Surpassed the 400IH Master’s All American standard of 68 seconds by running a time of 65.01 at the Desoto Swift Invitational on May 24, 2014.
*In 2006, Sloan was inducted into the DePaul University Sports Hall of Fame where he still holds the school record in the 400IH with a time of 51.66.
*Currently in Master’s of Business Administration degree program at Texas A&M University - Central Texas campus.
*Competes for Explosion Masters Track Club (Chicago, IL)
A week ago, Pierre Williams put on an impressive display at the Midwest Regional Championships in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Pierre crossed the tape with a pair of season bests in the short sprints. Both times, 10.93 in the 100 meter dash and 22.68 in the 200 meter dash, qualified him for the USATF National Club Track & Field Championships, to be held July 11 and 12 in Tacoma, WA. We wish Pierre safe travels, good health, and blazing-fast times!
For the full meet schedule, click here.