Here’s the lowdown: today was absolutely INSANE in the track world. At least regarding the CIF Southern Section Finals meet, which featured a majority of California’s leading HS marks. Ranging from elite level sprints (which helped us all know the name Norman), to amazing comebacks in the 2 mile (or 3200m), it’s a wonder how anyone would mistake CIFSS as “just another section.” Across the board, the Academy Of Speed was very well represented. But because of the nature of the sport, some had their best meet and some… not so much. But regardless of the outcome, we are extremely proud of our athletes and their performances during this season and this meet.
Leading AOS was none other than Jasmyne Graham from Roosevelt High School. She threw down a 13.47 in the 100m hurdles, 42.04 in the 300m hurdles, and an amazing 4×400 anchor leg where she finished 30 meters ahead of the second place team. She was also the final leg in the 4×100 with a final time of 46.92, splitting a 12 flat for her leg. This puts her in a very good spot heading into the Masters meet next week which is just one more step towards Fresno on June 5th-6th.
Her brother Thomas Graham Jr., and his teammate Chris Wilcox, led Roosevelt to two very respectable finishes in the 4×100 relay, and 4×400 relay. They came in 4th place overall in the 4×100 with a time of 42.18. Their 4×400 was a heartbreaker! Even with a 30-40m lead, Roosevelt’s anchor leg (or any high school 400m runner… ever) had a chance against Michael Norman’s 45.60 split. Graham and Wilcox’s team came in 2nd place with a final time of 3:14.84.
Another headliner was the performances by Emerald Bowens from Redlands Valley High in the 100/200m sprints and 4x100m relay. She split an 11.22 in the 4×100, and posted a season best of 11.74 in the 100m. That puts her in amazing spot moving into the Masters meet as well. To be that fast and only just beginning her high school career, she will be a great asset to the AOS team and process.
Duy Tran Sampson and Ira Clark from Claremont High School were a part of a very strong field in the Div II 4x100m relay. Their final time didn’t qualifly to move on, but they did end up crossing the finish at 43.24 with two very strong handoffs by Sampson and Clark.
In the 1600m and 800m we had Austin Tamagno and Xolan Brown competing, respectively. Tamagno came in with a photo finish time of 4:09.19. He was leading the results until a very fast Div I heat put 4 guys under 4:09. Brown went out very strong and settled into the pack going into the bell lap. He split 59 then started to really gain some speed, but was shut down after several attempts to pass.
This wraps up the marks for AOS athletes at CIFSS Finals in 2015! Overall, this represents a very talented group of high school athletes that we train specifically for developing their speed and quickness. If there’s any sport where speed is king, it’s Track and Field. After being able to view today’s results unfold, the only comment I would have is “never give up.” That doesn’t just apply to a race, but in practice, in school, and most importantly in life. It’s going to be a journey. Most of these kids have gone through that journey, training with Coach Jon, Coach Richard Holmes, Coach Jake Hare. They’ve put in the time, effort, blood, sweat, tears, and they made it. The only question I have now is, “Do you think you have what it takes to be an AOS athlete?”
Be sure to check out our Twitter and Instagram profiles to keep updated on the day of meets, games, etc. Our next event will be The Masters Meet this up-coming weekend so if you can’t make it, this is a great way to stay informed on all AOS athletes competing!
EDIT: Here’s the official results of the meet: CIFSS Finals Results (runnerspace)