2006 Season Wrap-Up
Tallahassee Trailblazers represent at 2006 AAU Jr. Olympics
The Tallahassee Trailblazers track and field club represented the State of Florida well at the 2006 AAU National Jr. Olympic Games held in Hampton Roads, Virginia last week. The Trailblazers brought home gold, silver, and bronze medals, as well as top eight rank medals. Sixteen (16) athletes from the team qualified for national competition and eight (8) brought home medals that made Head Coach Calvin Sancho very proud; especially since the last two weeks of practices prior to national competition the team was not able to use track & field equipment. "These athletes are ranked as the top eight athletes in the nation in their age division in AAU Track & Field - thatís outstanding! Florida and the City of Tallahassee should be proud."
Kendall Randolph clinched a gold medal in the High Jump notarizing him as #1 in the nation in the Boys Bantam Division (10 year olds). Kendall has competed in national competition in that event the previous two years and was determined to get the gold this year. Jazmin Bush is #2 in the nation earning silver medals in both the 100m and 200m dashes in the Girls Sub Midget Division (11 year olds). Although short lived Jazmin received the glory and recognition she deserved as she broke the national record in the 200m dash in the semi-finals with a speed of 25.68 (a competitor in the final heat of the semis broke her record). Brittany Corbett (Girls Bantam Division) is steadily climbing the ranks in the High Jump in national competition earning the bronze medal at 3rd in the nation (she placed 5th in last year's AAU games). Her sister, Dorian Corbett (Girls Youth Division - 14 year olds), also raised her rankings in High Jump competition to 6th place in the nation (from 7th place last year). The Intermediate Girls 4x100m Relay team (consisting of 15 & 16 year olds) received 7th in the nation in that event. Sharonta Williams, Aiesha Samaila, Ena Johnson and Raven Robinson went into the competition ranked 3rd in the nation and almost made that a reality but unfortunately a fall before the finish line derailed that dream. However a quick response by the fourth leg to get up, retrieve the baton and cross the finish line put them in 7th place - still ahead of the last placed relay team.
Other team athletes who competed in Nationals: Adrian Foushee, Jordan Johnson, Desmond Jones, Bernicia Holifield-Brown, Kieona Wilson, Kahdijah Walker, Trishay Bryant
Coach Sancho says each year his athletes get closer and closer to reaching their goal in bringing home the gold in their event at National competition. It was a reality for Kendall this year and he is sure next year it will be a reality for other team members. Lookout national competitors in Knoxville, Tennessee!