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!
Our opening meet of the 2018 season is now in the books and we want to say GREAT JOB to the parents and athletes who showed up and showed out this weekend! Despite some of the parking and gate issues, all in all, the meet was a huge success!
Despite competing against some teams who have 2-3 meets already under the belt, our athletes more than held their own. We had a chance to compete against some of Florida's best and came away with lessons learned, new Personal Records, and hopefully a renewed focus for the remainder of the season!
Photos from this weekend's meet have already been posted (Facebook and website). Please feel free to tag yourselves in them and share with family and friends. This week please have your athletes at practice on time and ready to roll as we have lots of work to do before the Savannah Silver Cheetahs Invitational on 4/21.
Congratulations to all who participated but a special shout out to this week's medal winners! We hope to see this list triple by the next meet!
Congratulations goes out to Zoom's own Kevin Sawyer, who was named to the 2017 All-Big Bend football 1st Team this week. Kevin amassed 1,220 yards and 13 TD and caught 35 passes for 476 yards while helping to lead Florida High deep into the playoffs his senior year.
Congratulations are also in order for Zoom's own Chris Beard, who in his 1st year on varsity, earned the starting nod and 2017 All Big-Bend 2nd Team Honors!
Chris had a stellar season, leading his Lincoln Trojans to the 2nd round of the playoffs, while piling up great numbers at QB:
2,310 pass yards, 23 TD, 7 INT; 156 car., 481 rush yards, 5 TD
Another huge CONGRATULATIONS goes out to Zoom's own Marko Skarica, for earning 2nd team All Big-Bend Honors for his outstanding sophomore campaign with Lincoln this past season!
Marko had an outstanding season, serving as a primary weapon for Chris and Lincoln's offense:
26 rec., 435 yards, 7 TD
GREAT JOB Gentlemen!
Tallahassee Zoom has partnered with Rodney Gallon of 'Embrace Fitness, Embrace Champions' to offer a comprehensive training program designed to allow our athletes to make maximum gains this off-season! Based on the overwhelming interest, we wanted to share additional details of the program. We begin training on Monday, October 2nd.
What: 'Embrace Fitness, Embrace Champions' will provide Dynamic Training, focusing on sprinting techniques, explosive plyometrics, and speed and strength development. This training program is open to both new and returning Zoom athletes.
When: Training will occur 3 days a week on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, beginning at 6:30pm (possibly adding Saturdays in the coming weeks)
Where: The facility is located at 2815 Industrial Plaza Dr (off of Capital Cir NE, near Tom Brown Park, located behind Gallops Karate Center)
Cost: Embrace Champions is offering Zoom athletes a special rate of $40/athlete a month. For families with multiple athletes, it would be just an additional $10 per sibling a month (2 athletes = $50; 3 athletes = $60, etc.). The fee covers instructional, age-appropriate training for all athletes, 3 days per week
Embrace Champions will also provide a package deal with the parents. If any parent(s) signs up there athlete to the program and would love to train during the adult sessions, then it will be $ 10 a week per parent a month (early morning or 7:30pm Adult classes are provided).
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org more info
Zoom athletes were truly tested this weekend, facing the best that Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina had to offer in track and field!
Despite the challenges, #ZoomNation was able to rise to the top, advancing 10 athletes to the Hershey USATF Junior Olympic Games later this month! See the gallery below for a list of those advancing and their stories....
In 6 short years, Tallahassee Zoom has produced 35 National All-Americans and 5 National Champions!
We are seeking your support to continue building on that legacy. Our athletes have worked diligently all season and are primed for a great showing at the USATF Jr Olympic Games in Lawrence, Kansas, which takes place July 24-30. We have several athletes ranked in the top 10 nationally and we need your help as they take this final step towards accomplishing their goals.
No donation is too small or large. All donations will go to help defray travel, lodging, and food costs for each family making the 16-hr trek from Tallahassee to Lawrence, Kansas.
We ask that donations be made by Saturday, July 22. Use the link below:
Help Zoom Nation Succeed at the Junior Olympics
Thank you for your support Zoom Nation!
Tallahassee Zoom athletes displayed the merits of months of hard work during this weekend's USATF Florida Association Championship in Orlando, Florida.
Months of training paid off to the tune of 43 Zoom Athletes- YES everyone who competed- moving on and advancing to next month's Regional qualifier!
Thank you parents for having your athletes at the track on time and ready to compete with Florida's finest!
Attached is a list of all the qualifiers and their events. Tomorrow we will send out hotel and meet info for the next meet, but we wanted to take this time to salute our medal winners and the team as a whole for the outstanding work this weekend.
Another weekend and another outstanding Zoom team performance in the books! Tallahassee Zoom athletes showed their worth this past weekend at the University of North Florida during the 2017 Epitome of Excellence Track Invitational.
Please enjoy photos from this weekend's Epitome of Excellence Track Invitational, where Zoom performed surgery on the competition to the tune of an impressive 47 overall medals! The photos can be found on the team's website as well as facebook.
Thank you again Daniel Francis for the assist on the photos- excellent as always!
This weekend there is no meet, but we begin final preparations for the 3rd Annual Zoom Invitational. Parents please be on the look out for details this week as we look to get everyone on the same page regarding meet roles and assignments. Just as a reminder, if you need to submit proof of age for your athlete as we near championship season, please do so by this Wednesday, 5/24.
Coach Leroy has been the man behind-the-scenes for Tallahassee Zoom since its inception in 2010.