Three Las Vegas Elite Runners Bring Home Medals at Pacific Coast Shockwaves Invitational in Irvine, California
Pacific Coast Shockwaves Invitational
June 18-20, 2021
Irvine High School, Irvine, California
Elyjah Cobwell, Jeramiah Davis and Jasiah Davis each brought home coveted medals at the highly competitive Pacific Coast Shockwaves Invitational on June 18-20, 2021. All season long these young athletes have led by example and produced outstanding performances week after week.
As a team, our young Elite Runners stepped up with numerous outstanding performances and personal records (PRs) that they can be proud of and build upon for cross country and next track season.
Elyjah Cobwell, in his quiet, skillful way, won bronze in the 100m and 200m hurdles. What was most impressive was that he PR’ ed not only in the hurdles, but also in the long jump where he finished fifth with a jump of 16’4.75” amongst a loaded field of jumpers. Elyjah is a chiseled 12 year old that will excel in track and field for years to come.
Jeramiah Davis continued his strong performance in the 400m with a silver medal. This season he proved to be a true iron man as he outworked his competitors. The highlights of the year was his Top 8 Regional finishes in high school and his PR of 52.88 in the 400m. In coming years, Jeramiah Davis will be a fixture amongst Nevada’s best in the 400m.
Jasiah Davis finished the season as one of the top jumpers on the west coast with a season long string of top three finishes in the long jump. At the Shockwaves Invitational he won bronze and was also impressive in the 200m and 400m, making the finals in each and placing 6th and 5th respectively. For the year, Jasiah had PRs of 33.96 in the 200m, 1:17.48 in the 400m, 3:04.29 in the 800m, and 10’7.25” in the Long Jump. He carried over an outstanding cross country season to track and field and showed how talented, versatile, and gifted he is in so many events. The sky is the limit for this talented 7-year old!
All our 400m runners performed well, with most recording season best times. This is a great indicator of their training and individual determination and talent.
I start with our youngest star, Maijestice Lopez, and that is exactly what she will be, a STAR. At the age of only six (6) Maijestice is lighting it up against her older competition in the 8 and under age group. She came to us at mid-season and the moment she ran her first lap we knew she was special. Her form was picturesque. Her work ethic was beyond those of older runners and her vision was to be an Olympian! Where did she get all this from? Her dad – who ran track himself. Together they watched many races of the USC women’s track team. Now we know why she has such great form. Meet after meet, Maijestice set new personal records and this meet was no different as she lowered her 400m record to 1:30.50 with a 10th place finish. While this might seem ordinary, it is not for a 6 year old going up against the best of the best. Maijestice Lopez is a name everyone will appreciate and recognize in the future!
Others that had an outstanding season and performed well are Naevah Leffridge, Kailere Joseph and Aniyah Hayes. These three 11-12 year old runners are gifted and not only bring athletic talent to the table, but a blend of intellectual and personality traits that make them unique, wonderful, and successful in whatever they choose to do. Naevah runs with power and is quiet, Kailere runs with grace and is inquisitive, and Aniyah possesses amazing natural talent and is reflective. While different, they form a trio and friendship that will last a lifetime. Each will be successful in their own way. On this weekend in Southern California, they each recorded personal bests, finishing up an outstanding season with times of 1:08, 1:11 and 1:09 respectively in the 400m.
Juels Lanier led the way with outstanding performances in the 200m, 400m, and Long Jump where he recorded PRs of 30.17 (200m), 1:07.64 (400m) (5 sec improvement), and 13’1.75” in the long jump. Juels’ possesses natural speed and jumping ability that is God given. For someone that said he would never run the 400m again after the first time, I would say, “…darn good job, you’ve come a long way”. Juels has only scratched the surface of what he is capable of in less than half a season. His speed and athleticism will allow him to be successful in not only track and field but any sport he chooses. Great job!
Demetruis Tate, III, competed in the 100m and 200m but really developed nicely in the long jump late in the season. His hard work resulted in him finishing 1st and 5th in his last two meets of the year with jumps of 11’3” and 10’10.25” against top notch competition. We are extremely proud of Demetruis’ accomplishments this year. His work ethic and development in track and field will aid in football and all the other sports he participates in. Keep up the great work!
Rodney Hayes, III, also competed in the 100m, 200m, and long jump. After joining the team late in the season, Rodney regularly surprised us. This meet was no different as he recorded a PR in the 200m (33.60) and finished 9th in the long jump. Rodney has been a great addition to our team. He is a jokester that makes practice a joy for his teammates and coaches. However, we have found that when it comes to competing, he is all business.
Lilianah Davis ran the 800m in 3:15.22 and competed consistently all year. She is a great teammate who is steady and consistent at practices. As one of our older athletes, Lili brought a stable influence and experience to our younger athletes. This was invaluable and a tribute to the great person she is.
Special thanks to all our Las Vegas Elite Runners coaches and parents for making the trip to Irvine, California and supporting our athletes all year!