A Race to Victory
After sitting out most of 2011 due to injuries, Takiea Pinckney looked to be regaining her form as she raced to victory in the 60 meter dash at the Razorback Invite this weekend. The long time Titan and 4 time NCAA All American qualified for the final with the fastest time of the semifinals at 7.45. Pinckney ran a 7.42 seasonal best in the final to headline a 1-2 sweep by the Lady Tigers as junior standout finished a split-second back in second place at 7.43.
Pinckney and her Lady Tiger teammates return to action next weekend as they make their annual journey to New York to compete as part of one of the premier collegiate meets of the indoor season at the prestigious New Balance Collegiate Invitational to be held Feb. 3-4 at The Armory Track & Field Center.
A New Kennesaw State School Record
Sydney Williams established a new Kennesaw State school record in the 800 this week at the Birmingham Invitational. Her winning time of 2:16.68 is a personal best and bettered the former record by over 6 seconds. Williams is the Titans Track Club team record holder in the Young Women’s 800 and is a freshman at KSU where she is a Pre-Pharmacy major. Congratulations Sydney!!
Follow Sydney and her Owl teammates at: http://www.ksuowls.com/index.aspx?path=wtrack.
Cameron Thornton, one of the nation’s most sought after high school middle distance runners
Cameron Thornton, a long time Titan and senior at Whitefield Academy, recently announced that he had chosen A&M over the likes of Arkansas, Virginia, Villanova, Alabama, Stanford and Clemson.
2011 was a banner year for Thornton. He became the only high schooler from Georgia to run sub 1:50 more than once, represensted the U.S. at the World Youth Championships in France and defended his GHSA state title in the 1600 and Cross Country.
Melanie Mainor established a new personal best in the high jump for the Tulane Green Wave
Former Titan, Melanie Mainor established a new personal best in the high jump for the Tulane Green Wave. The junior from Powder Springs moved to #3 all time indoors for Tulane, just behind another former Titan, Zandi DeBowles. Click the link above for the full story.
Titans midget boys establish a new Junior Olympic meet record!
In day 2 action in Baltimore, the midget boys team of Cameron Washington, DJ Vereen, Julian Lavender and De’Marea Hawkins claimed the first Titan gold for this year’s JOs. The foursome used a balanced attack to secure the victory over one of the deepest fields in years. The winning time of 9:25.90 was good enough to establish a new Junior Olympic meet record.
Chelsey Thomas finished the heptathlon in 7th place overall.
In action on Thursday will be the bantam girls, midget, youth and intermediate boys 4 x 400s as well as prelims in the 800. De’Marea Hawkins and Reginald Warren will be vying for spots in the finals. Also taking place on Thursday will be the 200. LaCresha Styles, Jaron Roberson and Justin Chambers will look to advance. Lastly, Chelsey Thomas will compete in the open high jump.
The track stars of tomorrow are heading out to the 40th USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships to be held July 25-30 at Hughes Stadium on the Morgan State University campus in Baltimore, Maryland.
The USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships is the largest and most visible youth athlete developmental program in the world. Many of today’s Olympic stars got their start by competing in the USATF Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships.
In day 1 action, Chelsey Thomas had a strong showing in the intermediate girls heptathlon. After a personal best jump of 5’5″ in the high jump, Chelsey solidified her first day standing with an equally impressive 200. Heading ino day 2 she is well positioned to challenge the leaders.
The midget boys will be in action on Wednesday as they try to repeat their national championship performance in the 4 x 800. The team of Julian, DJ, De’Marea and Cameron will face stiff competition from teams from Houston, LA, Baltimore and San Diego. Stay tuned!
AAU National Olympic Success!!!
The Nations Best Roll as Titans!
On a sweltering week in Norfolk, Virginia, Titan Junior Olympians represented in one of the biggest meets of the year. The AAU Junior Olympics welcomed returning and new athletes back to one of the premier national meets for youth in the country.
As considered, Georgia seems to be joining the elite powerhouse states – Cali, Florida, and Texas – with the top notch athletes in the country. Titans abound on our national qualifying lists in both AAU and USATF. The competition in our state and region allow us an advantage when going national, which proved to be the case in Virginia.
Reginald Warren brought home third place in the 800 meter run, finishing with the highest medal place for the Titans in theses games. He finishes the season as the State and Regional Champion in the 800 meter run for the Young Men division.
Eric Harris made his way to the Junior Olympics as a double qualifier placing at the state championships and qualifying for the regional championships in the 200 and 400 meter sprints. He is an Olympian with performances in the 200 and 400.
Trey Harris became a national finalist in two events. He led the Titans to these nationals in three events. As a state champion in the 200 meter hurdles, he went on to take the regional title. His state and regional performances in the 100 and 200 meter dashes prepared him for one of the most competitive fields in this age group ever. He ran against the national record holder all year and in the Junior Olympics, the onslaught on the record took hold. He was in the field of competitors that witnessed the record being broken, re-broken, and broken again. As a member of the 4×4 relay, he was a bronze medalist at the state championships.
Rashaad Graham, the regional champion in the shot and discus represented the Titans with Olympian throws. He showed abundant promise competing from the bottom of the age group and looks forward to a full year to throw all the way back to the JO’s in 2007.
Devon Henderson continued his bounding ways. He provided a repeat performance in the high jump. In only his second summer season, “Mr. Henderson,” the state champion is a two time Olympian.
Anthony Harris ran, and ran again. He was a two event performer at the Junior Olympics in the 800 meter and 1500 meter runs. With his positive performances, he made next years competitors take notice that he plans a repeat performance for 2007.
Run Ryan, run. And he ran, and he ran, and he ran. All the way to the Junior Olympics in the 1500, 3000 and pentathlon. He is the state and regional 3000 meter champion and state runner up in the 1500. In one year, he has run enough miles to sustain him through the next year. As he plans to take a year off to compete in other sports, we wish him well and congrats on a job well done.
The Amazing Nicholson!!! In his first time EVER running track, Cedric made it as far as you go…the J-O’s. Prior to two weeks into the summer season, Cedric had never run track, spring or summer. As excited as he is about running, the coaching staff is as excited about the potential. He is an Olympian in two events.
Colin Humble is another distance runner that has mileage to spare. He is an Olympian in the triathlon and 1500 meters. After his good season, he joins his brother for a break from the sport for a year. Good luck and best wishes.
Andrew Harris, a member of the State 4×4 and regional championship team represented the Titan family in the 200 meter sprint. There were more Harris’ at this Junior Olympics than some whole teams. Great job on a strong season.
Bryan Long sprinted to finals after finals in state and regional action and qualified in two open events as well as the 4×4. Although young, he is a repeat Olympic performer with a great future. In the time he’s been a Titan, he has shown a marked improvement with great prospective.
Ayanna Graham leaped her Olympic endeavors in the High Jump. She capped a year of steady performances. She forms the first part of what will soon be part of the strongest contingent of Titans. She has great plans for a year in the midget age classification that will prove to be extremely competitive.
Aubree Collins is another two event Olympian with sights on a great season to come. This first year Titan excelled in meets, but her drive to get better in practice helped set the tone for the Titans-South. She brings it hard daily and it paid off with an appearance at the JO’s. Her leadership in practices inspires others and will be an asset as she helps to lead next years midget girls.
Kevia Gonzales overcame an injury that occurred at the Regional Championships in her unbridled venture to get the Junior Olympics. She set the goal early in the season and fought off the injury to make her goal. She is to be commended for not giving up and testing her limits. This former GRPA state champion proved her worth with a gold medal finish as the state champion in the 100 meter dash. She has ambitious plans for 2007 as she prepares to help lead a formidable Titans midget girls team.
Chelsea Crayton proved that great consistency and character will take you far. Her positive attitude and swift feet were invaluable in individual or relay fashion. As a leader of the 4×4, she was a medal winner in both AAU and USATF Nationals. Once again, she will be part of the talented core of athletes in next year’s midget classification. This state and regional silver medalist led the dynamic 4×4 divas to great performances.
As a first year Titan team member, this dynamic diva, Elisea Jones proved an asset to both relays while shining in great performances throughout the year. She helped lead the 4×4 to both nationals and was runner up to the state champion in the 200 meter dash. She followed up her silver performance with another silver at the regional championships. She looks forward to the challenges offered in a deep field when she joins the sub-midget classification in 2007.
Although it’s only her second year in summer track, Nyambi Shoates is a repeat Olympian. Not only was she a member of the dynamic divas of the 4×4 that were national medalists, she is the returning state and regional champion in the 200 meters. This year, she added the title of 100 meter state and regional champion to her 2007 champion credentials. Finishing 10th in the nation in both the 100 and 200 has her hungry for a medal performance in 2007.
Sydney Henderson was a consummate team performer in her diva debut for the 4×4. This Olympian is a repeat performer in the 200 meter dash at the JO’s. As a multi-year Olympian, Sydney brings experience of having done that, and again. She prepares to help lead a formidable team back for another round of achievement in 2007.
Erica Harris kicked off her first year in the sport with a Jr. Olympian performance. She threw the shot from Georgia to Virginia. She helped the Titans to lead the nation in most Olympian Harris’. She looks forward to a promising year in the sprints as well as throws.
Special thanks to parents Cedric Nicholson Sr., Leo Harris and Valerie Crayton for stepping up at the meets. Cedric volunteered to help out on the track in Savannah. Leo staked out our spots for us in Virginia. Valerie helped to take care of our divas.
We sincerely appreciate the dedication of all of the parents. Although the athletes worked and performed to advance, parents made it happen. It was a long year you helped us all to achieve TITAN PRIDE!!!!
Some things change and some things stay the same. One thing is for sure, when the Titans are on the track; no record is safe! In a weekend full of exciting performances and highly anticipated match ups, once again the kids in red and blue left their mark. This weekend, the best of the best from D.C., Maryland, North Carolina, S. Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia got together to battle for births to this year’s USATF Junior Olympics to be held at Morgan State University in Baltimore.
A total of 33 Titans (our highest ever) came out of the weekend with a ticket to this year’s JOs. Nearly half(16) of those athletes achieved personal best performances. Twenty-One athletes walked away with at least 1 gold medal and 16 with at least 1 silver.
The bantam girls team (pictured above) of Darielle Oliver, Nyambi Shoates, Elisea Jones and Chelsea Crayton continued their winning ways. The foursome is undefeated this season and their time of 4:33.85 established a new region record.
The intermediate girls team of LaChe Williams, Takeia Pinckney, Chelsey Thomas and LaCresha Styles bounced back from a disappointing second place finish at the state meet with a blistering performance in the 4 x 100 relay. Their record-breaking time of 46.63 is the second fastest in the country this year.
Not to be outdone by the girls, the intermediate boys’ team of Charles Flewellen, William Wynne, D-Man Buchanan and Justin Chambers ran away from the competition. Led by Wynne’s 46.5 split, the team flexed just enough to leave their names in the record books. Their time of 3:15.96 is the fastest in the country this year.
More Meet Highlights to come…………….
It was Showcase Sunday and Titan Pride was on full display. The well-known kids in blue and red showed up big at the USATF State Championship meet held at Mill Creek High School. From start to finish, young to old, girl to boy; the blue and red stood out all weekend long.
On a weekend that is reserved for celebrating the nation’s fathers, thousands applauded the record-breaking performances of Titan athletes. The following athletes established new state records this weekend: Midget Boys 4 x 800 (De’Marea Hawkins, Julian Lavender, Ryan Humble, Cameron Washington) – 9:34.66, William Wynne – Intermediate Boys 400 Hurdles – 52.59, Justin Chambers – Intermediate Boys 400 – 47.66, Intermediate Boys 4 x 400 (Chambers, Wynne, Kenneth Gilstrap, II, Miles Ottinot) – 3:16.05, Reginald Warren – Young Mens 800 – 1:53.93. All 5 records are nation leading performances.
The weekend saw a number of other Titans claim state titles. Leading the way was Kenneth Gilstrap, II who claimed both the 100 and 200 titles in the intermediate age group. The G-Unit posted personal best of 10.68 and 21.56. Takeia Pinckney was strong on her way to the intermediate girls 100 title in 11.89. The bantam boys(Andrew Harris, Marlon Character, Davis Holder, Bryan Long) and girls(Darielle Oliver, Chelsea Crayton, Elisea Jones, Nyambi Shoates) 4 x 400 relays showed why they will be a force at this year’s JOs. Both walked away from the competition and continued the long tradition of dominant Titan 4 x 400 teams. Youth boy, Jaron Roberson also continued a tradition in the 400 as he became the 3rd (Wynne, Chambers) Titan in as many years to win the youth boys 400 with a personal best time of 51.32. Lauren Chambers closed the deal on another state title in the intermediate girls shot put. Chelsey Thomas was victorious in the intermediate girls heptathlon. Rashaad Graham claimed both the youth boys shot put and discus.
Other standout performances included LaCresha Styles 2nd – 100 and 200 (24.97-PR), Andrew Harris (2nd-400 1:05.34 PR), Justin Chambers (2nd – 200 21.82 PR), Zandi DeBowles 2nd – HJ and 400 Hurdles (1:04.96 PR), Darielle Oliver (2nd – 400 1:04.24 PR).
More to come later……………….
Youth runners from all over the United States gathered in Rock Hill, South Carolina Saturday to compete for AAU bragging rights. It was a day of close calls. For the Titans, the day started off with 10 year old Josiah Jenkins battling for the #1 spot in the bantam boys race. ‘Siah covered the 3k course in a blistering 10:33.90 to claim the silver medal. He was joined in the bantam boys race by Austin Gonzalez, who made a strong showing on his way to a time of 11:45.50 finishing 51st out of 234 runners. 11 year old, Destiny Jenkins showed why she will be a force to be reckoned with for some time. Destiny was all heart on her way to a 14th place finish in a time of 11:00.74.
In midget boy action, The Titans were trying to claim Georgia’s first team cross country national team title and our boys showed up big! 7 out of 8 boys recorded personal best. 4 received medals finishing in the top 20 in a race of 271 runners. At the end of the day, the team title was not meant to be. We took our best shot and came up just a little short. The team finished 4th (roughly 10 seconds out of 2nd). The group was led by Joshua Jenkins (7th – 10:12.10), Andy Gonzalez (10th-10:15.69), De’Marea Hawkins (12th – 10:17.89), Austin Carpenter (19th – 10:32.45), Jason Luster (104th – 11:14.55), Brett Carter (114th – 11:22.28), Anthony Harris (146th – 11:40.37) and Ryan Humble (157th – 11:43.60).
Congratulations to all on a great season!
The quest for national supremacy officially started today at the Georgia AAU XC District Championship held at East Lake Elementary in McDonough. The Titans had many standout performances across a few different age groups. Joseph Jenkins, age 7, got things started in the 8 and under boys category. In a nail biting finish, Joe fought off the competition to claim the first gold of the day. In the bantam boys division, Josiah Jenkins was equally impressive as he ran away from the competition. Austin Gonzalez and Benjamin Kennedy also showed great determination in their season debuts. In midget boys action, yet another Jenkins led the way. This time it was older brother, Joshua, sealing the deal and leading the way to a perfect score for the midget boys. Josh was closely followed by Andy Gonzalez, De’Marea Hawkins, Austin Carpenter and Jason Luster. The team showed no mercy in route to a clean sweep and average time of 11:08. Rounding out the team with strong runs were Brett Carter, Ryan Humble and Anthony Harris. In midget girl action, the lone female Titan, Destiny Jenkins, showed why she will be a force to be reckoned with at nationals. She was impressive from start to finish on her way to victory. Last but not least were the youth boys twosome of Justin Chambers and Eric Harris. Both were extremely impressive in what was their first and possibly last cross country competition. Next up for the team is the USATF state meet at Al Bishop park on November 12th.
The 2005 Junior Olympic Championships have come to an end. After 5 days of fierce competition, the Titans came through with some big performances and 31 total medals. All in all, 18 out of 21 athletes return home with hardware. 2 individual champions were crowned as well as 2 relay teams. Justin Chambers garnered his second Junior Olympic title for his young career and finished his ’05 campaign in the 400 undefeated. Chambers rounded the track in 49.11, his second best time of the season. His nearest competitor was nearly 1.5 seconds behind. In the 200, Chambers claimed the silver medal with a time of 22.40. William Wynne, took full advantage of his second opportunity in the intermediate boys 400 hurdles. The 15 year old Wynne, captured his first Junior Olympic title with a time of 54.07. Earlier in the day, Wynne ran a personal best of 53.08. Wynne also achored the 4th place 4×400 team and finished 7th in the 110 Hurdles. Wynne was joined by Lonnie Burton, Devin Floyd and Miles Ottinot on the 4×400. Burton ran a personal best time of 14.91 on his way to a 5th place finish in the 110 hurdles.
Midget Boys Golden
The midget boys continued their winning ways in the 4 x 400. Although they were the favorites, the boys expected to be challenged and they were. The quartet of Cornelius Savage, Tony McConico, Cameron Washington and Trey Harris showed why they have been the #1 team all season. Harris got things started with a lead off leg of 56.5, followed by strong legs by McConico, Savage and Washington. They recorded a season best time of 3:57.63. It is the second midget 4 x 400 title in as many years for The Titans team. Savage ran a superb race in his open 400 as well. The 12 year old Savage, ran a personal best time of 56.32 to claim a bronze medal. John Gibson came ever so close to medalling in the high jump. Gibson cleared 4’11” (equal to the height of 6th-8th place) and finished 9th based on the tie breaker.
Young Men Undefeated
The Titans young men, finished the season undefeated in the 4 x 400. Armanti Hayes, Courtney Lester, Kenneth Mitchell and David Chaplin edged out crosstown rivals to claim the final gold of this years JO meet. The same group ran a season best on their way to a second place finish in the 4 x 100. Hayes, was also strong in the open 400. He finished 3rd with a time of 47.46. Chaplin also made a nice showing in the 200 finishing 7th.
In other Titans action, Lauren Chambers was solid in the youth girls shot put. Chambers, threw 43’3″ on her way to a second place finish. Eric Harris finished his inagural season with a bang. Harris in his first year of summer track showed why he will be one to be reckoned with in the not so distant future. After running a personal best of 51.64 in the prelims, Harris came back with a solid performance of 51.91 in the finals to claim 6th. Harris narrowly missed qualifying for the finals in the 200.
Congratulations to all Titans! You’ve had a special year.