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Las Vegas Elite Runners

AAU Western Regional Cross Country Championship

Craig Ranch Regional Park, North Las Vegas, Nevada
November 14, 2020

With the holiday seasons fast approaching us, tis’ the season also for cross country championships. On Saturday November 14th, four Las Vegas Elite Runners participated in the AAU sponsored Western Regional Cross Country (XC) Championship at Craig Ranch Regional Park in North Las Vegas, Nevada. It was a perfect day for running and Craig Ranch Park offered a great venue for runners and spectators alike.

With over 530 runners in attendance, all the races offered a measure of the top talent on the west coast, with many of the runners being past AAU and USATF XC Championship participants and Junior Olympians. Four Las Vegas Elite Runners competed with family and friends in attendance.

I start off this write up with a dedication to our youngest runners, Jasiah Davis, and Roland Johns-Clemmons. Their race was next to last but well worth the wait. Congrats to both for giving their best and giving us reason to cheer! Featuring 48 of the top California, Nevada, and Utah boys and girls runners in the 7-8 year old division, Jasiah finished 13th and set a PR and Roland finished 25th overall and 17th among the boys 7-8. What I liked most about their race was that they competed from start to finish. Jasiah got out quick, positioning himself in the top ten coming out of the start. Midway through the race he dropped several spots and appeared a little fatigued from using a lot of energy early in a mini dual with another runner. It took a while, but Jasiah found a second wind. Five hundred meters from the finish, you could see him recovering and starting to pick up the pace. With 100m to go Jasiah was challenged hard by a Chino Hills Flash runner. This lit a fire inside him that we’ve seen in practice that led to him passing three runners and finishing with an official time of 9:23. Roland also ran a good race and found himself in a dual with 5 meters to go with a new found rival from Nevada Track Club in Lux Garcia-Laurean. After going back and forth, Lux edged Roland at the finish. We could not be prouder of our youngest Las Vegas Elite Runners. Keep practicing hard and getting better and showing everyone how it is done!

Kailere Joseph ran in the Girls 11-12 race. It was a tough day for her as she finished two minutes off her best time. Many things factored into her performance like running in the first event with 45+ runners, running on grass instead of trails and missing two days of practice this week. In running you must have a no-excuse mentality, a mamba mentality if you want to be the best amongst the best. With only three races under her belt, this was an important learning moment for Kailere. She no doubt has the talent. And one race does not make a career. The question for Kailere is, does she have the will power and determination to compete and be elite? We believe she does and nevertheless are proud of her!

Christoph Clemmons ran in the Boys 9-10 race. After improving his time, Chris took a step back and did not give the effort necessary to be competitive. When focused and motivated, Chris runs respectable. This just was not Chris’ day. We look forward to improvement the next time he hits the course!