After 7 days of competition, 1400+ miles logged traveling to and from Humble,Texas, the 50th AAU JO Games is officially in the books!
Tallahassee Zoom batted .400 for the week, with our 25-athlete contingent bringing home 10 national medals, 10 All-Americans, dozens more new personal records, and memories to last a lifetime! Coupled with our 4 high school state medalists, and one earlier AAU All-American, it is safe to say Tallahassee Zoom had a banner year!
In the field events, Zoom had athletes excel in the shotput, discus, and long jump events. A'Nylah Cobb, got things started for Zoom on Monday, placing 6th overall in the 14-yr old girls shotput event, with a Herculean effort of 39' 8.5" throw! That was quickly followed up with a 6th place finish by Kendrick Scott, this time in the 9-yr old boys shotput. Kendrick's effort earned him his 2nd national medal of the postseason.
Tuesday's action saw Trentorria Green leap into the Zoom record books with a jump of 18' 5.25" in the 16-yr old girls long jump event! Her jump was good enough to place 4th in the country.
On Wednesday, Ameion Hamlet, turned a disappointing finish in the 100m semifinals into triumph by leaping a personal-best 17' 9.25" to place 3rd in the 14-yr old girls long jump event. Ameion came within half an inch from winning the first place national title!
On Friday, Tallahassee Zoom got back on the podium in a big way, with two Zoom athletes coming through when it mattered most! Isaiah Bighem jumped 14' 5.25" to secure an 8th place finish and All-American status in the 10-yr old boys long jump finals! Not to be outdone, Eva Holmes, used early week disappoint to fuel her 8th place finish in the 13-yr old girls. Eva's throw of 96' helped her add another national medal to an already-impressive resume.
Saturday's action saw our 10-yr old boys relay in action. Despite intense competition and batons dropping all around them, Zoom's relay team of DJ Hepburn, Isaiah Bighem, Elijah Bighem, and Micahi Danzy was able to secure a 3rd place finish, in a new personal best time of 53.29!
The week was full of many highs, lows, and near misses. We want to thank all of the athletes who competed and gave their best efforts throughout the week. We also want to thank the tireless efforts of the ENTIRE ZOOM NATION who have supported these kids from near and afar throughout the week, whether it be on social media and encouraging texts or financially- THANK YOU! Without your support. NONE of our club's success could be possible! #ZoomNation
Coach Leroy has been the man behind-the-scenes for Tallahassee Zoom since its inception in 2010.