It’s March and that means it is time for youth track and field, right here on Generation Nexxt.
The festivities shot off this past Saturday with the Coconut Grove Track Club Hornets Invitational (AAU) at Curtis Park located in Miami.
These young athletes were pumped and ready to finally measure their speed up against someone else besides their own teammates. Fort Lauderdale Track Club wore all green with assembled hot pink, bright orange and yellow Nikes as well as knee high socks. South Dade Xpress looked like they were ready to burn up the track sporting their teal and black flamed unis.
South Dade Head Coach, Amir Rasul, Sr. and their top athlete, Amir Rasul Jr. took the track with game faces on. In the 2011 AAU Junior Olympic Games, Amir Rasul Jr. finished with a record-breaking time of 11.15 in the Sub-Youth Boys 100 Meter Dash and 22.39 in the Sub-Youth Boys 200 Meter. Amir Jr. was also awarded the Joel Ferrell Award for the Most Outstanding Male Athlete in the Jr. Olympic Games in Louisiana. “It comes from his mom, she was a sprinter and she ran way back and it comes from her side of family,” said Coach Rasul. “We have worked on developing what I called a quick twitch muscle.” Making the right food choices also has a positive effect on Amir’s success. “I don’t drink soda and I haven’t had McDonalds in over 10 months. All stuff like that is cut off,” stated Amir Jr.
Amir’s teammates had a part in last year’s Jr. Olympics as well. Symone Mason brought home the silver medal for the midget girls 100m and 200-meter sprints. Symone also is a record holder at the 2011 ESPN RISE/Disney Club Championship in the 200 Meter sprint. Also, Twanisha Terry received the bronze medal in the 2011 AAU Jr. Olympics midget girls 200-meter sprint.
This past Saturday was really considered pre-season meet and most teams used this type of meet to work out all the kinks. South Dade Xpress treated this invitational as if it they were at the Jr. Olympics. Amir Rasul, Jr. placed first in the 200 and 400-meter sprints while Twanisha Terry placed first in the girls 200-meter. Fellow teammate Mira Rasul placed 3rd in the 400 meter.
The Bantom crew over all finished with the fastest times for South DDE Xpress. Shane McDonald finished 1st in the 1500m and 2nd in the 800m. Jayden McBurrows placed 2nd in the 200m and Brian Creton finished 1st in the 200m with a time of 26.5 and 1st in the 400m. Rashad Smith ran a 1.07 in the 400m and Dwight Crews placed 3rd in the 200m and 2nd in the 400m.
Katiylin Todd finished first in the youth girls 400m and Arianna James finished 1st in the intermediate 200m. Coach Crews said, “Rahya Anderson stunned the team when she finished 1st in the Sub-Midget girls 3000m because this is her first year running track.”
The competition breaks open next Saturday at the Miami Gardens Xpress Track Meet (AAU) at the Betty T Ferguson Complex in Miami Gardens.