SEASON OPENER A SUCCESS
How does a coach know if fall training was a success? You look at the season opener of the indoor season, and simply smile. Coach L was very proud of CheetahNation on December 19, 2015 at The Galleria Games in Birmingham. "My team showed up and showed out at the Crossplex." Here's what it looked like...
Sophia (W7), won the gold medal in the 8 & Under Girls Long Jump with a leap of 10 -11.25, which is 5" better than her personal best this past summer. She also ran the 60M dash for the first time, placing 4th overall with a time of 9.77 seconds. "We have been working on blocks throughout fall training. Sophie is now very comfortable with them, so when the official told her she couldn't use them, she looked at me like, 'What's going on'. I had to gesture to her it was ok," said Coach L. She was also 6th in the 200M dash with a time of 33.46, which is just .05 slower than her fast time posted this summer.
Zoie (W10) had a great meet as well. She won the shot put with a throw of 18 - 9.75 which is about 8" off her personal best. "Zoie is really taking the throws seriously, they are becoming her best events," said Coach L. Zoie also competed in the 200M and 400M dashes, as she gets ready for this year in the multis.
Returning athlete Allyria (W11) was not going to be denied. Although she did not win the 400M dash, she did place 8th with a time of 1:07.89 which is 3 seconds faster than her best time back in August. "She's really learning how to use her stride. She takes more heat than anyone since she is actually my child," said Coach L. She performed quite well in the 200M dash as well, but looks like the long jump was a little challenging.
Let's not overlook the newcomers. Adam (M13 - 14) used to be a fencer. He has competed in several 5K runs this past fall and really took a liking to running. His mom thought it would be good for him since he enjoys it so well. This was Adams first indoor meet ever and he won the 800M in a time of 2:21.01. His sister Amy (11 - 12) was 4th in the 1600M with a time of 6:29.65.
As you can see the Cheetahs are off to a great start. "I'm looking forward to some great times from a small team, who makes lots of noise." Watch out, "Cheetahs on the Track."
East Cobb Cheetahs made heads turn in 2015 XC CHAMPIONSHIPS
ECCTC had a wonderful cross country season. We ended the season with 3 USATF National Cross Country Championship Qualifier. Haley S. was our most valuable runner for the season. Only 6 years old, she ran with the 8 & Under division and place 4th at the USATF Georgia Association Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships, which is considered our State Championships. She was also 11th in the USATF Region 4 Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships which earned her a spot at the USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships in Albuquerque, NM.
Let's not make light of some of the other athletes who were outstanding as well. Aidan S. is ranked 13/62 and Aidan M. 29/62 in the USATF Georgia Association Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships, for the 8 & Under division. Aidan S. was our 2nd qualifier for the USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships in Albuquerque, NM. James Wainaina is ranked 17/104 for the 11 -12 division, earning him a spot at the USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships in Albuquerque, NM. James you may remember also qualified for the 2015 AAU Junior Olympics in Hampton Roads, VA earlier this past summer.
However, our most improved athlete for the 2015 Cross Country season was Ethan Gustafson. In a two week span Ethan improved his 4K time by 50 seconds. "It's heart like this that makes a coach really proud", says Coach L. "Heart is something that you can't teach an athlete. They just have to wake up one day and decide to trust the training. I am extremely proud of Ethan and I hope he continues to run, because now he is on to something and I think he knows it."
Are you interested in running track? Have you noticed that you are the fastest kid on the playground? Then join East Cobb Cheetah Track Club and see how you stack up to other kids in the country. Registration for Spring Track begins January 1, 2016. The first day of practice is Monday February 1, 2016.
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Registration for Indoor Track is now OPEN!!!! Our first meet will be December 19, 2015, The 2015 Galleria Games. If you have never run inside before, it's fun, exciting , and a great way to get in shape for the spring and summer seasons. Join CheetahNation.
Lailah Malone attended the 2016 Elite Youth Track & Field Measurement, Assessment, and Profile Event, aka Georgia Combine on January 9th. In the middle school discus throw, she is currently ranked #34 in the US and #4 in Georgia.