2011 Season Wrap-Up
Trailblazers' results at the 2011 AAU National Jr. Olympic Games at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans:
Trailblazers’ coaches are very proud of the athletes of this team. And we thank all of our coaches for their hard work, time and dedication to the program and to the athletes!
Our 2nd trip to AAU Nationals in New Orleans was much better than our first trip back in 2006. As mentioned through the years in 2006 Coach Sancho jinxed the trip by eating at the Voo-Doo Bar-B-Q restaurant the first night. This time we were not having any of that and our team did quite well in the rankings.
We had two Bronze medallists to finish in the top 8th rankings in the Nation in their events. Brittany Corbett our new heptathlete earned 4th place in the U.S. in the Intermediate Heptathlon (that is, 7 events). She was seeded in 9th place going into Nationals out of 48 competitors and earned her way up to 4th place. Then there is Jazmyn Evans an Intermediate High Jumper. She went into Nationals seeded at #41 at 4'10" and fought her way all the way up to finish in 5th place in the U.S. jumping 5'6".
And although no medals were given here, we have athletes who finished in the top 15th rankings in the Nation in their events – feats definitely worth noting! Our top 15th ranking athletes include Javan Morgan finishing 10th place in the Sub Midget Long Jump (up 1 place going in); Jazmyn Evans [again] finishing 13th place in the Intermediate 100m Hurdles (from 27th place); Bantam Girls 4x100m Relay team [Nikera, Gibbs, Jacquell Lewis, Khya Nelson, Auryndette West] finishing in the 13th spot (from 21st place); Auryndette West [again] our new triathlete finishing 14th in this 3-act event (up from 24th place); and the Intermediate Girls 4x100m Relay A-Team [Brittany Corbett, Jazmyn Evans, Caitlin Wilson, Kieona Wilson] finishing 15th (up from 19th).
These are very good stats for the Tallahassee Trailblazers this year and we salute all of the athletes listed above. As well we hope those who competed at Nationals but did not place as high in the rankings have a yearning to be in those numbers next year, and as well as those who did not compete.
Houston 2012 – Look out!