By Hector Gonzalez
Those were the words head coach Chris McDonald used to describe his club during the Miramar Optimist Track meet – Saturday afternoon at the Ansin Sports Complex.
“This was wonderful, it’s always a good turnout for this particular event,” Head Coach, Chris McDonald said.
The Miramar kid’s performed well on their own turf, coming in first place for the 4×100 – Bantan girls with a 0:55:78 time, the 4×100 boys- midget ran good enough for a top spot clocking in at 0:51:00.
Coach Chris praised his girls’ top runners, Myrka Cadet— a gold medalist in the AAU Junior Olympics last year–, B. Williams, and Kayla Bell. He spoke highly of a few of his boys : Taylor Banks, an Olympic finalist in 2011, and sprinters Calvin G., and Myles Wilson – who he expects to lead the pack their respective groups.
The club, entering their 11th year have high hopes of bringing in the gold by the time they compete in the AAU Junior Olympics, and will relay on their strengths, the 4×100 relay – Bantan girls, who last year at the Club Championship in Disney broke many records.
“Right now those girls are ranked number 1 in the country and are scheduled to be the gold medalist this year if everything pans out right,” McDonald said, “ We have high expectations for them this year.”
In 2001 coach Chris was inspired to start the club after seeing his daughter Kayla Bell run track at the early age of 5.
A packed house witnessed just over 1,000 young athletes from different clubs dish out stellar performances.
Miami Scott Lake TC girls’ 4×100 midget earned first place with a 0:57 time, and in the Primary 4×100 – girls’, Pompano Xpress TC was the winner sprinting a 1:03 time. Miami Gardens Xpress boys’ came in first after racing a 1:03 in the 4×100 boys’ Primary.
There were some new faces at the meet : Metro-Dade TC, West Pembroke Pines Optimist, Who Dat TC, City of Hialeah TC, Coral Springs Blazers, Delray Beach TC, Fast Lane TC, Finesse, MC Sprinters, Miami Elite, Miami Milers, Oseola Kowboys Youth Track and Runners Express ran in strides on the state-of-the art track.
Some of the Miramar young sprinters’ were all smiles afterwards. T. Williams ran the 200, 400 and 800 meters and I.Mcdonald,14, finished second place in the 800 meters and shot put/discus. Another youngster 10-year-old K. Williams ran the 800 meters and the 4×4.
Former University of Miami Hurricanes wide receiver Tommy Streeter — who is preparing for the NFL Draft in April– stopped by to check out some of the talent.
“It reminded me of my up bringing,” Streeter said. “ One thing my father always preached to me is that you can’t coach speed, which is why running track is so important.”