Track Season is officially Underway!
On Saturday, February 23, 2019, the Vegas Stealth Track Meet marked the official start of the outdoor track season for Las Vegas Track clubs. It was good to see familiar faces and rekindle old friendships and past experiences. In terms of running, it was good to see many future stars, especially the tiny ones. It was also great for Las Vegas Elite Runners (LVER) athletes to get a glimpse of their competition.
On the track, LVER looked fly in their new uniforms and even more impressive on the track as Kaiyah Davis-Mitchell started the day by turning heads in the 200M with an explosion out of the blocks, finishing with an impressive 26.40, well ahead of the competition in her first race of the season. After a strong cross country season, this is what Kaiyah has been waiting for and it showed. Keep an eye out for this young talent!
In the 11-12 800M, Lilianah Davis turned in the most impressive performance of the day by coming from way behind to almost win the heat in which she was seeded. With this being Lili’s first race and track meet experience, we really didn’t know what to expect from her, but we knew from practice that her best events are middle distance where she is graceful, tough and can run with pace. Lili ran the perfect race. We wanted her to focus on the second lap and that’s just what she did. She started out in next to last place, then moved up to fourth after one lap. At 500M, she took the lead to the roar of her teammates. With a sizable lead through 600M, everyone in the stands was ecstatic as Lili displayed a remarkable pace and desire. With 200M to go, you could see Lili relax. She didn’t know that one runner was making a charge behind her that would lead to a sprint the last 120 meters where Lili was edged at the finish line. Lili’s race was a shot of adrenaline for the entire team as she finished with a time of 3:01.60. The sky is the limit for her.
Jeramiah Davis was able to witness Lilianah’s race and he picked up right where she left off in the 13-14 800M race. He too started out slow the first lap. Like Lili, he too made his move in the second lap where he passed four runners. With 250M to go, Jeramiah was in 4th place fighting to keep pace with a Fresh Start runner who was making a hard surge to catch the 2nd place runner from Team Hurricane. As the race shaped up for a final sprint over the last 200M of the race, one thing we know about Jeramiah is that he will not give up. In the final curb, the Fresh Start runner and Jeramiah passed the second place runner from Team Hurricane. Coming out of the curb, Jeramiah made his move, bolting past his Fresh Start opponent, as they battled to the finish line. With the crowd roaring, Jeramiah took second in 2:28.90. Jeramiah also took third in the 13-14 400M race in 1:01.9, completing an impressive day of running.
In the sprints, Lashari Patterson-Davis and Jordan Gowdy led the way in the 60M and 200M races. Lashari got warmed up in the 11-12 200M race with a time of 33.22 (PR), then lead from start to finish in the 60M dash with a 1st place time of 9.60. Lashari continues to work hard and drop her times. Jordan Gowdy finished 3rd overall in the 60M and 200M where he ran 9.90 and 34.38 respectively. Jordan had to deal with a false start that was not stopped until he was more than half way through the race. This was unfortunate as it took a lot out of Jordan physically and mentally when you consider he was leading. Jordan was extremely disappointed, but we know he will bounce back at the next meet. His great attitude and work ethic will allow nothing less.
Overall, our athletes, parents and coaches came away encouraged by the performances. It’s a long season, so it’s important to build off their success and short term goals to ensure they are at their best when it matters most late in the season.