Miami Gardens Express Track Club is one of them.
“My kids are humble -they never complain, work hard and share the winning,” Darius, Coach “D”, Lawshea said.
The ” Express” squad are the #1 youth track club in the nation and with the 5-gold medals in the AAU Junior Olympics to prove it , will return to defend their titles in the 2012 track season.
Beginning with the 2011- 4×800 meter relay team — the ESPN Disney Club record — Junior Olympic gold winners’ : 13-year-old Ryan Champlin, Christopher Williams,14, Ari Cogdell,14, and 14-year-old Yohance Haynes.
The same group raced a record -time of 8.22 in the 2010 AAU ESPN and Junior Olympic Midget boys 4×800, breaking the national and Junior Olympic records.
The club started breeding sprinters in 2005 under former coach Corvin Lamb Sr. They haven’t lost a step since.
13-year-old Amir Rasul earned the 2011 AAU Junior Olympic Sub-Youth boy record with a 11.07 time in the 100 meters and 22.39 blazing-time in the 200 meters.
In the 2011 ESPN Disney National Pee-Wee division an eye-popping 1:08 record holding time in the 4×100 relay by 6-years-old : Jae-Lijah Cochran, Mekhi Gammons, Dakari Jackson and Lemmie Faulk convince their audience age is nothing but a number.
In the Primary Boys 4×100 – 8-year-olds on the team : Katravis Geter, Brashard Smith, Torrie Cox and Kirk Stewart set an ESPN national record of 56.56 and AAU Junior Olympic 55.35 times last year.
“ We started in 2005 with five kids, and now have grown into over 200-plus,” Coach “D” said, “ I always tell my kids : I believe in them and to believe in themselves and to always speak positive things out into existence.”
Coach “D” took over in 2008 when former head coach Corvin Lamb Sr., decided he had groomed him well-enough to take over a team that already had the recipe of winning.
During the Fall season, the young marathoners’ transfer their skills onto the grid iron, in different inner city parks : Miami GardensRavens 70Ibs-135lbs , MG Cowboys‘ 80lbs-120lbs, MG Vikings‘ 90lbs, MG Rams‘ 70lbs and MG Bulldogs‘ 80lbs-90lbs.
In 2008 Coach “D” along with former coach Lamb Sr., traveled –with back-then 9-to-10 year old “ Bantam Boys”– to Boston, Massachusetts courtesy of Ryan Champlin’s father.
Tracy Champlin paid all travel and accommodations expense so that they could compete in the AAU Northeast Conference Indoor track & field meet at Harvard University. It was the club’s first ever indoor competition.
His investment paid off.
The young group — Marquise Decious, Camrin Lamb, Dawun Hylton, Ryan Champlin, Justin Brown — broke 9 conference records that day.
“ That was amazing the kids had never seen snow, so the first thing we did, was have a snow fight,” Coach “D” referring to the Boston trip.
The Champlins’ original lived in Kennedale, Texas but now live in Florida because of the speedy Ryan Champlin’s interest in joining the club.
So with all the winning, milestones and running teams out-of-the track, it begs the question: Is there anyone out there who can defeat them?
A couple of track clubs such as : Miramar, Ft.Lauderdale, Lauderdale Lakes, Pompano Xpress and Florida Elite from Orlando will attempt to stop the champions this upcoming season.
They’ll have their hands-full as Miami Gardens continues to add depth to their already gifted track-club.
“ We want to be better than last year,” Coach “D”said, “ I want to get to the point where my kids are running high school times, something that no one has ever heard of.”