BY JONAH WOULLARD
In the great city of Miami Gardens, there has been always been a strong sense of pride when it comes a long list of extremely talented athletes. But today that sense of pride has been heighten to the Nexxt level.
Miami Gardens X-Press sent a handful of their fastest athletes to represent South Florida in the Junior Olympics on a National level, and they did not disappoint. Not only did these outstanding athletes represent, but they dominated the competition.
Six year old, Ja’Lijah Cochran broke the Pee Wee Boys’ 100 meter dash record, running a blazing 16.11. Ja’Lijah also broke the 200 meter dash record running an amazing 33.34, bringing home the gold in both events.
KaTravis “The Go Getta” Jetter, Tory “Too Smooth” Cox, Kirt “The Viper” Stewart, and Brashard “The Beast” Smith, The Miami Gardens X-Press Primary Boys 4 x 100 relay team shattered the Junior Olympic 4 x 100 record that was set in 2008 by the KY Track club out of Kansas City. This group of eight year old young men was determined to do something that a group of eight year olds have never done before. Previous to this year, no eight year relay team had run under 57 seconds in the 4 x 100 relay. Well let’s just say after they ran an unheard 55.35, a new bar has been set!
But The Gardens’ track club wasn’t quite finished with breaking national records just yet. One of the longest standing records at the Junior Olympics was the Youth Boys 4 x 400 Relay which was set in 1993. This record sat safe for sixteen long years until Ryan Champlian, Cameron Lamb, Shammond Williams, and Jamal Walton stepped on the Junior Olympic track and burned it up by running a new national record time at 3:28.36, bringing home the Gold!
And yes, you guessed it; Miami Gardens must have taken a rainbow to New Orleans with them because the pot of gold did not stop there. The Youth 4 x 800 Boys relay team which consist of Chris Williams, Ari Corgdel, Yohance Haynes, and Ryan Champlian brought home the bling around their necks, running an 8:33.00 to win it all.
And one of the surprises of the day, 11 year old, Tyquan Thorton who is a rookie, never running track prior to this year, upsetting the national champion in the Sub-Midget 200 meter dash, running a 25.89 winning Junior Olympic Gold. Not a bad way to start his track career.
Generation Nexxt would like to congratulate the Miami Gardens X-Press track club, as well as all the youth athletes that competed on a national level, without a doubt, you know you have been “Rated G!”
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