USATF Nevada Youth Association Championship
June 11-13, 2021
University of Nevada Las Vegas – Myron Partridge Stadium
In triple degree temperatures, the Las Vegas Elite Runners finished the last of their Las Vegas meets with 5 first place finishes, 12 top three finishes, 13 personal records, 20 top five finishes and 26 top 8 finishes in the 31 events they competed in at the USATF Nevada Youth Association Championships at UNLV.
We could not be prouder of our young Elite athletes for braving the heat and putting forth tremendous fight and grit in all their events. With this meet being the last for many, their top finishes were a great reward and example of what hard work results in. Even more remarkable was what they accomplished with only two days of true practice time.
Multiple event medalists and top three finishers included the following:
Elyjah Cobwell 1st 100MH; 1st 200MH; 1st LJ
Jeramiah Davis 3rd 200M; 3rd 400M; 3rd 800M
Naeveh Leffridge 3rd 200M; 3rd 400M
Trenton Harris 2nd LJ; 3rd 100M
Jasiah Davis 1st LJ
Demetruis Tate 1st LJ
A common trait that each of these athletes had was that they were determined, dedicated, hardworking, driven, very trainable, and great teammates. Each will go far in the future as a result of these great character attributes.
Others that performed extremely well were:
Jacobi Williams who finished 4th in the 100M, 4th in the Long Jump, and 6th in the 200M, setting a PR every time he stepped on the track his last five meets.
Jordan Gowdy who PR’ed in the 200M making the finals, then finishing 4th in the 800M and 6th in the 400M. Jordan progressively got better and better each week after not running for nine months.
Kailere Joseph who PR’ed in both the 200M and 400M with 4th and 6th place finishes, respectively. Kailere’s improvement over the last three weeks of the season has been like an oncoming freight train and impressive after missing one month. She still has not peaked although the track season is coming to an end.
Tahj Martin is a talent just waiting to bust out. He finished 4th in the 400M and completed an outstanding season where he showed glimpses of excellence not only in the 400 but also the 800 and 1500. He will be a beast in these events. Mark my word!
Jada Washington who PR’ed in the 100M and was a true leader and fine example as a junior coach. She is admired by coaches and all our young athletes. We could not have ever envisioned or ask for any better person to be a junior coach.
Billy Banks was hands down the most improved runner on our team. He finished the 400 in 1:05, which was off his best of 1:02 but nevertheless impressive. Billy is a coach’s dream! He is polite, helpful, consistent, hardworking, dedicated, a great teammate and purely a great individual. He will be an outstanding distance runner in the future and has already started making plans for the cross country season.
Lilianah Davis finished 7th in the 800M and did an outstanding job this year in her own quiet manner. Although she likes to stay in the background and not lead out, she was consistently present, and she provided a steadying influence for our younger athletes which is deeply appreciated.
Congrats to each of you on a great season so far. We are almost to the finish line. Pacific Coast Shockwave Invitational here we come! As we say in practice, LAST ONE, BEST ONE!!!