The 2019 season is in the books, but the accolades continue to roll in!
Congrats goes out to Curtis Williams (USATF Florida's Male Athlete of the Year & National Record Holder in the Long Jump) & Nadia Collins (USATF Florida Nat'l Champion) for being recognized for their major accomplishments this past summer.
Additionally Curtis was recently recognized as a 2019 recipient of the AAU Joel Ferrell Outstanding Performance Memorial Award.
Awarded annually by AAU, the award recognizes the athletic ability and sportsmanship of an athlete representing each official sport at the AAU JR. Olympics.
With a leap of 7.46m (24"7), Curtis not only cemented his 1st Place finish at the #AAUJROGames, but set a new age group National Record in the process!
We just ended one of our most challenging, yet rewarding seasons at both the USATF & AAU Junior Olympics in Sacramento & Greensboro respectively, and we are proud to say Zoom excelled against the tough National Competition!
Competing out in California, Zoom sent three of our more seasoned athletes, Nadia Collins, Alexandria Kennedy, and Curtis Williams. Despite intense, dry heat (temps exceeded 100 degrees daily), the trio prospered bringing home 2 National titles, and 5 overall medals & All- American titles.
Zoom athletes were back in action this past week as 51 athletes made the 9 hour trek to compete in Greensboro. Zoom faced tough competition all week long, but again, our training, preserverance, and grit won out as Zoom ended the week with 9 individual All-Americans, including 3 National Champs!
Full AAU JO Results
Overall, our athletes end #ChampionshipSZN with:
17 All- Americans
17 National Medals
5 National Champs
We thank ALL of ZOOM NATION on a great season & commitment to excellence.
We will use the lessons learned this past season to continue to develop our athletes to the best of our abilities...
"Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value." - Albert Einstein
For those of you who don't follow us on Social media, you may be unaware of our latest athletes to earn All-American status!
Congratulations goes out to Da'Vion Hepburn (3rd place, Long Jump) and Manito Quinones (4th place, Long Jump), who both earned All-American status while competing against some of the nation's best at the AAU Primary National Championships this past weekend in Orlando. Great job fellas- Zoom Nation is proud of you both!
CALI- BOUND- USATF REGION 4 RECAP
Zoom Nation also was well represented in Rock Hill, SC with 8 of our own competing for a chance to claim a spot at the USATF Jr. Olympics later this month in Sacramento.
Folks often refer to Region 4 as the ' Region of Death' because of the difficulty in making it out due to stiff competition and this year was no different. Despite the challenges, Zoom will be well represented in California this year, across 11 events. Advancing to Sacramento are:
In addition to the 67 athletes who earned qualification into the AAU Jr. Olympics, Zoom will look to add more post season accolades in the coming weeks!
Please join us in recognizing these Zoom Athletes who became State Medalists today:
-A'Kyrah O'Banner (x4): 100, 200, 400, & 4x4
-Jacquell Lewis: 4x4
-Ameion Hamlet: 4x1
-Destiny Forbes: 4x1
-Madison King: 4x1 & 4x4
-Miahna Harden: TJ, 4x1, & 4x4
-Gabrielle Rolle: 4x1
-Gavin Rolle: 4x1 & 300mh
-Curtis Williams: 4x1 & Long Jump
Nadia Collins: Long Jump
-Heaven Haynes: 4x1
-Zahria Patterson: 4x1
-Deshan Rucker: 4x1 & Long Jump
Between them all they represent over 25% of the entire Big Bend area's medal haul from the #FHSAAStateFinals.
"A Little progress each day adds up to Big Results"- unknown
Our 2nd meet of the 2019 season is in the books and oh what a SHOW it was! Photos from this weekend's meet have been posted on our website as well as Facebook. Please be sure to tag your favorite athlete!
Congratulations goes out to our 54 medal winners from this weekend! Overall as a team we had a great showing and athletes are beginning to understand the EFFORT it takes week in, week out. We will continue to ramp up the intensity in practice as we progress through the season. Full meet results can be found here: Tallahassee Zoom Meet Results
The 2019 season is officially on and running after the conclusion of Saturday's Gainesville Striders Invitational!
Our returning members, along with our newer track neophytes, got their feet wet this season and #ZoomNation had a very successful day overall, bringing home 30 medals as a club. More pics are on the way, but in the meantime, photos have been posted on our Facebook page and team website, www.tallahasseezoom.org. If you are not already following us on social media, please click one of the icons below to do so.
We are proud of the effort we saw from everyone on Saturday! As we have indicated in the past, we train with the end goal in mind. We will continue to push our athletes and prepare for them for future success.
With that, please join me in congratulating all of our medalists from this weekend's meet!
After nearly 1600 miles traveled and being away from home for 6 days, the 2018 USATF JO Games is officially a wrap!
Zoom had a stellar showing and we saw our athletes excel all week long! Leading things off was Christian Lawrence in the triathlon. Christian battled through 3 grueling events and made All-American status with his 5th place finish! He followed that up later in the week with a 4th place medal-winning performance in the shotput. What a great first year with Zoom for Christian!
Curtis Williams, our reigning national champion in the Long Jump, left no doubt on his 1st jump of competition and never relinquished his lead, earning ANOTHER National Championship in the long jump! He quickly followed that up with a medal in the High Jump, placing 4th overall and earning All-American status in that event as well. Curtis ends the year with 3 postseason medals to his name.
Micahi Danzy had one thing on his mind entering his long jump competition: get on that podium! Micahi unleashed a huge jump in the prelims to make the final and finished 2nd in the country, earning his 1st- ever individual national medal.
Next up were our 4x1 Relay teams. Our relay ladies, Ameion Hamlet, A'Kyrah O'Banner, Madison King, and Miahna Harden won their prelim race and then improved on their time in the finals to place 4th in the country and earn All-American status! The ladies, to no one's surprise, were quite pumped after their race.
The 11-12yr old team of Kamari Jones, Isaiah & Elijah Bighem, and Micahi Danzy, entered Nationals with a strong belief that they could come away with a National title. When they made it through prelims with the #2 seed, it gave them even more confidence. In the finals, the guys executed flawlessly and ran away with the race, in a blazing 49.28 time to win their national title!
On Sunday, the ladies on the 4x4 wanted close things out on a high note, and boy, did they deliver! The team of Miahna Harden, Nadia Collins, A'Kyrah O'Banner, and Madison King delivered a 4th place finish in an impressive time of 3:50.28!
All in all, it was a very successful week, which saw Zoom wrap things with:
Despite the rain's best effort, nothing could dampen the spirits and the effort of Zoom athletes as we descended on Rome, GA !
17 Athletes have advanced to this month's USATF Jr. Olympics and will be taking their talents to Greensboro, NC to compete in the final meet of the season. We want to thank everyone for a tremendous season! We saw a lot of growth in many of our athletes and wanted to say THANK YOU for entrusting us with your athlete. For those that came up a little short: keep working hard and striving for excellence! Don't let one fall define you!
In the coming weeks, we will be fine-tuning things in our quest to add more national medalists and All-Americans!
Please join us in wishing GOOD LUCK to our Zoom athletes who have advanced to this week's FHSAA State Finals!
Coach Leroy has been the man behind-the-scenes for Tallahassee Zoom since its inception in 2010.