Monday, July 28, 2014

Day 7

The final day of competition ended with 2 more Quickfeet athletes garnering All-American status.  First in the 7-8 Boys 1500 Meters McKay Wells ran an amazing race and PR'ed by 11 seconds to finish 3rd in the nation!!  His time of 5:26.76 puts him only 15 seconds off the National Record of 5:11.  McKay is still in this age group next year so we shall see what he can do with a full year under his belt!  If you have never seen McKay run it is a thing of beauty!  McKay is now the highest finisher (3rd) of any Quickfeet athlete on the national stage!  Congrats McKay!
Our second All-American today is actually our only 3 time All-American….Jaslyn Gardner!  Jaz did an amazing job this week especially since she has been battling a hamstring injury since our State Meet.  We are so proud of Jaz and she is a great example of hard work and dedication!!  Jaz finished 7th today in a close 100 meter final.  She actually has to get ready now for the Hershey National Finals next week as she has been invited to defend her 100 meter title from last year.  Good Luck Jaz!  You will be AMAZING!!
Our other two athletes that performed on the final day were Jaylon Gardner (13-14 Boys Discus) and Sophia Jensen (11-12 Girls) 1500 meter.  Jay finished 31 out of 41 competitors in the Discus and his parents had to go back and forth between the Discus and Jaslyn's 100 Meter.  Nothing like doing them at the same time!  Congrats coach Jay!!  Sophia decided today to keep her lunch in and not compete for throw-up champion like she did in the 800 meters earlier this week.  She was so much more composed and confident going into this event and it showed with a new PR of 5:26.73 and finishing 36 of 50 runners!  What an amazing addition to our team Sophia and Oliver have been to our team in only the last 6 weeks!  Congratulations to ALL of my 23 athletes who made the trip to Houston this year and competed to the best of their abilities!  We finished with a total of 7 All-Americans this year topping our previous high set last year with 5.  We now have a total of 16 All-Americans in the last 3 years!! I am so proud of how you conducted yourself on and off the track!  We showed the nation that our small community can compete with the best of them and that we are not afraid to try!  The lessons and experiences that my athletes learned this week will go with them forever and they are already better people for having done so.  Thank you to our community for supporting these athletes and their dreams of competing at the highest of levels!  We could not have done it without you!!

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