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.
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!
Spring and summer were always two of my favorite seasons as a kid. When I was very young, spring and summer were the seasons when I got to shed the heavy coats and hats I had donned all winter long, get outside, run, jump, and play. As a teen, these seasons also held greater significance. For they were the seasons I got to run races, jump over hurdles and into the sand pit, and play (compete in) my favorite sport: track and field. I competed in eight seasons of scholastic track and four summers of summer youth track. I met new friends and created some of the best memories of my youth that will last a lifetime.
Now that spring begins to give way to summer, the outdoor season for Masters track & field athletes is in full swing. Though I'm no longer a kid, I still get that same feeling that it's time to run, jump, and play. It's now time to create new memories, with new friends, with the hope that they too will last a lifetime.
We at eXplosion Track invite you to accompany us on our journey as we experience the youthful joy and excitement of track & field. Feel free to browse our site, check out our gallery, or even drop us a line. You never know, you just may start to feel like a kid again!