29th Annual Arizona Indoor Classic
The Las Vegas Elite Runners traveled to Flagstaff, Arizona for their first meet of the 2020 season. This year there was no snow – thank God. This made for a beautiful trip. Northern Arizona offers so much outdoor beauty and Native American culture. We had a chance to visit Sedona and experience the local art, people and outdoors nature. All were something to behold.
On the track, our experience was just as good as parents and grandparents spent quality time with their young athlete’s and watched them compete in a great environment.
Jordan Gowdy had redemption on his mind. Last year, in one of his races, a false start was recalled late which took a lot of energy from him. This year, he was very determined in his 400M race. This resulted in him going out faster than we may have liked in 7,000 feet of altitude; but we loved his aggressiveness and the fact that he looked very comfortable doing so. Jordan ran a 33 sec first 200m forcing the competition to dig deep to stay with him. At 350, meters, only one runner was challenging Jordan. Although he tried mightily, Jordan couldn’t hold him off, losing at the finish. Jordan ran an exceptional race, especially considering this was his first race of the year at high altitude. His time of 1:12 in the 400M placed him 4th out of 44 runners. In other races, Jordan finished 8th in the 200m winning his heat and 21st in the 55m dash, setting PR’s in all his races. Way to represent, Jordan!
For Roland Johns-Clemmons, this was his first track and field meet after having an outstanding cross country season. Although the altitude clearly effected Roland’s breathing, he did great dealing with it. He ran the 800M and 1500M finishing 4th (4:11) and 2nd (8:00) respectively. We couldn’t be prouder of him for running through his discomfort.
Roland’s older brother Christoph also competed in two events. This was his first time competing in track and field as well. In the 55m dash, he finished with a time of 10.46. In the shot put, Christoph’s longest throw was 3.49 meters, where he did an admirable job. I could tell he was a little nervous in the shot put when his second practice throw went out of bounds and into a gutter. It took officials 10 long minutes to retrieve the ball. Everyone including the judges got a chuckle out of this, but Christoph took it in stride. I love that about him. He was relieved and I was happy his other throws were in bounds. LOL
Overall, this meet was a great experience and environment for our team. Special thanks to the families and coaches that traveled and supported the athletes during this meet. Most importantly, this experience allowed our athletes to bond and meet other athletes. We’re looking forward to a great 2020 Outdoor Season.