Las Vegas Stealth Invitational
March brought our first local track meet of 2020 along with an air of excitement as many new and long-standing clubs showed up, making the meet anything but stealthy. Although it was windy, the 60 degree temperatures made for a nice day at the track.
After weeks of practicing, our young Las Vegas Elite Runners were ready for some competition. This year we have several new runners that bring a lot of energy, joy, and swag to our team. Some ran but several others will compete later as they become more conditioned.
In no order, below is a brief write up on those that did compete:
Janae Fields ran her very first track races. Having her parents and grandmother in the stands provided great motivation. In the 200m, she led from start to finish in her heat, placing 10th overall. In the 60m dash and 400m she took 2nd overall showing a glimpse of her determination and potential. Getting these wins was a real confidence builder that showed just how good a runner she can become.
Jasiah Davis also competed in his very first track race and field events. In the 200m, he did a great job getting out and running the curb. He quickly made up the stagger and was battling for first down the straight away. Just as Jasiah started to accelerate, he caught his spikes in the track and tripped to finish 2nd in his heat. Jasiah’s Mom and family got to see him run for the first time, so it was a treat for all. After the 200m, Jasiah headed straight to the long jump and javelin where he finished 1st and 2nd respectively. The day was triumphant for our youngest runner!
Jordan Gowdy was impressive at the Arizona Indoor Classic, so we all looked forward to seeing him race. As the gun sounded, he took a small lead. He was positioned well through 300m and was in a sprint to the finish where he finished a close 3rd in 1:14.07. Jordan was two seconds off his PR, but we were very happy with his race. Jordan’s goal is to run under 1:05 this year. With speed work and concentration on the different phases of his race, he will easily meet this goal. Jordan also ran the 60m and 200m, where he finished fourth and third respectively. In the 200m Jordan was 2 seconds off his PR but non-the-less poised and motivated to improve.
Jeramiah Davis picked up right where he left off last season. If he can stay away from the injuries that plagued him during cross country season, he has the potential to have a standout year and go sub 51 in the 400m and sub 2:05 in the 800m. In this meet, we were happy to see him get some early competition under his belt. In the 200m and 400m he wasn’t pushed as he ran to easy victories in times of 25.6 and 58.8. The last race of the day was worth the wait as Jeramiah trailed a Blazin Onez runner until 70m prior to the finish. It was here that he powered to the lead and finished first in 2:20. We were very happy with the tactical race Jeramiah ran. The experience will serve him well this season.
Roland Johns-Clemmons ran the 800m and 1500m in times of 3:38 and 6:50 respectively. Each was a PR, but we were especially proud of the outstanding job he did in the 1500m where he cut 1:10 off his previous time. Roland has been a stud in practice and gets stronger the further he runs. After having a very good cross country season, we have high expectations for him on the track.
Christoph Clemmons ran the 60m dash and threw the shot put and javelin. After having him run cross country and other races, throws are the apples of Chris’ eye. On this day, he placed 16th in the 60m dash and 2nd in the Javelin with a throw of 7.6m. Christoph must continue to work on his strength and throwing technique. If he can focus on both, he will continue to see improvement that he can be proud of.
Razzaq Thomas ran the 60m and 200m, where he finished with times of 9.27 and 27.44, which were far off his best. Razzaq is a tremendous talent! His strength and explosiveness is evident in practice. Bringing this out in meets is our challenge. With time and hard work others will witness the eye popping times we see in practice.
Lilianah Davis competed in the 800m and 1500m races. She has been a little behind in her conditioning due to an early season knee injury. In the 800m, she finished 8th in 3:10. In the 1500m she crossed the finish line 5th in 6:41. Both were well off Lili’s best, but we know improved results are near as she continues to round into shape. Lili only needs to stay encouraged and positive.
As a team, I would give us a B rating. Kudos to all our new runners – you did an outstanding job!!!