<![CDATA[Track Houston Youth Track Club - Track Houston News]]>Sun, 18 Feb 2018 10:22:15 -0600Weebly<![CDATA[Athletes Qualifiy for USATF National Cross Country Junior Olympic]]>Sun, 26 Nov 2017 16:15:11 GMThttp://trackhouston.com/track-houston-news/athletes-qualifiy-for-usatf-national-cross-country-junior-olympic
Congratulations to the cross country program for qualifying 37 athletes for the 2018 USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country which will be held in Tallahassee, FL on December 9th. 

Team Awards at Gulf Association:
9-10 Boys - Second Place
11-12 Girls - Second Place
13-14 Girls - First place 

Individual Awards:
Audrey DeBraine - 8U Girls Silver Medal (2000m)
Carter Maloy - 8U Boys Gold Medal (2000m)
Anna Parker - 9-10 Girls Gold Medal (3000m)
Henry Gibbs - 9-10 Boys Silver Medal (3000m)
Lane Nicholas - 9-10 Boys Bronze Medal (3000m)
Xavier Klatt - 11-12 Boys Bronze Medal (3000m)
Yasmine Mejia - 13-14 Girls Bronze Medal (4000m)
Abigail Lynn - 15-16 Girls Gold Medal (5000m)
<![CDATA[Track Houston Won 14 First Place Awards at USATF Junior Olympic]]>Wed, 09 Aug 2017 00:59:23 GMThttp://trackhouston.com/track-houston-news/track-houston-won-14-first-place-awards-at-usatf-junior-olympicPicture
Track Houston continued its annual collection of medals by bringing home 158 of them from the 2017 USATF National Junior Olympic held in Lawrence Kansas. In addition, Track Houston won 14 first place awards highlighted with the 8U boys and 13-14 girls each winning the 4x100m and 4x400m relays.

Track Houston championships:
  • 200m – 17-18 Women - Kynnedy Flannel
  • 800m – 13-14 Boys - Malik Campbell
  • 1500m – 13-14 Girls - Sophie Atkinson
  • 3000m – 13-14 Girls - Sophie Atkinson
  • Long Jump – 17-18 Women - Kynnedy Flannel
  • 4x100m – 8U Boys - Rahsan Hawkins, Joshua Vilmael, Jordan Simmons, Derrick McCullar II
  • 4x100m – 11-12 Girls - Danielle Johnson, Brooke Coleman, Alexia James, Angel Haynes
  • 4x100m – 13-14 Girls - A'Niya Galloway, Taejha Badal, Jada Campos, Anivea Gilbert
  • 4x400m – 8U Boys - Joshua Vilmael, Jalen Kouaho, Dominick Washington, Derrick McCullar II
  • 4x400m – 13-14 Girls - Kayla Meyers, Jada Campos, Taejha Badal, Jalen Elrod
  • 4x400m – 13-14 Boys - Colin Taylor, Ian Johnson, Elijah Bean, Malik Campbell
  • 4x400m – 15-16 Boys - Sebastian Cooper, Moyo Oyebamiji, Ian Gilmore, Genson Hooper-Price
  • 4x800m – 15-16 Girls - Rebeca Beaird, Kiarra Wafer-Randle, Lindsey Phillips, Wonders Oguejiofor
  • 4x800m – 17-18 Women - Madison Savoy, Dinah Murphy, Alexa Granderson, Sydney Allen

<![CDATA[Track Houston Won 16 First Place Awards at AAU Junior Olympic]]>Thu, 01 Sep 2016 23:52:36 GMThttp://trackhouston.com/track-houston-news/track-houston-won-16-first-place-awards-at-aau-junior-olympicPicture
The greater Houston area won 40 AAU National Junior Olympic championships. Track Houston won an astonishing 16 of those championships. In addition, Track Houston set four new national records and was awarded a total of 126 medals. None of the other 903 track clubs participating, came close to this kind of success.

Exerpt from yourhoustonnews.com:
[ . . . Perennial power Track Houston ran to five relay titles, two of which were in record-setting form. The girls age 15-16 team of Kynnedy Flannel, Kailei Collins, Kennedy Gamble, Rachel Hall set a new standard with a time of 45.49 in the 400-meter relay . . . ]

Top Medal Winners:

Sanjana Perungulam won gold in the 11 year old 1500m race walk at the 2016 AAU National Junior Olympic.
​​Caleb Schaunaman won gold in the 12 year old boys 1500m race walk. Garrick Griffy took the silver medal in the same age division event.

An awesome job was done by Jeyden Coleman winning Gold in the 11 year old shot put at the 2016 AAU National Junior Olympic.
​In the 13 year old girls division, Sophie Atkinson won gold in the 1500m and 3000m, Heidi Nielson won silver in the 1500m and 3000m, and Kevriana Scott won Bronze in the 1500m and 4th in the 3000m.

Camila Vicens continued her national medal collection by winning the 14 year old girls 3000m race walk at the 2016 AAU National Junior Olympic. In that race she also set the new national record to 15:21.48.
Elijah Bean won gold in the 13 year old 400m at the 2016 AAU National Junior Olympic in the winning time of 50.98.

Ian Gilmore won gold in the 14 year old 400m at the 2016 AAU National Junior Olympic in a winning time of 49.65.
Kynnedy Flannel won the 15-16 girls 200m in a time of 23.59 at the 2016 AAU National Junior Olympic.

The 15-16 girls 4x100m team of Kynnedy Flannel, Kailei Collins, Kennedy Gamble and Rachel Hall set a new record in the prelims to 45.64 at the 2016 AAU National Junior Olympic. The next day in the finals, the girls broke their own record setting it to 45.49.
The 15-16 girls won the 4x800m win at the 2016 AAU National Junior Olympic. The winning team was Tamia Badal, Sydney Allen, Jesica Gordon and Alexa Granderson.

The 15-16 boys 4x400m relay team of Genson Hooper-Price, Chidera Agim, Sebastian Cooper and Nathaniel McRae won gold.
The 15-16 Boys set a new AAU National Junior Olympic record in the 4x800m relay. The Gold medal team of Ethan Phillips, Deonte Bradford, Solomon Brent and Sebastian Cooper set the new record to 7:55.91. Their coach Daryl Sanford graciously accepts the 4x800m first place plaque.

Andrew Gandy won Gold in the 15-16 boys 3000m race at the 2016 AAU National Junior Olympic.
Joe Williams (center) of the 17-18 boys division won the 200m in a time of 21.17 at the 2016 AAU National Junior Olympic.

Coach Leo Mays had two 4x100m teams to medal in the finals at the 2016 AAU National Junior Olympic. The 17-18 girls team of Sierra Smith, Essance Sample, Charity Thomas, and Nia Williams won Gold and the team of Eriana Henderson, Ariele Adams, Geri Ann Mpagi and Javlyn Cameron took home the Bronze.
<![CDATA[Camila Vicens Holds 6 National Records]]>Tue, 30 Aug 2016 22:36:25 GMThttp://trackhouston.com/track-houston-news/august-30th-2016Picture
Camila Vicens continued her national medal collection by winning the 14 year old girls 3000m race walk at the 2016 AAU National Junior Olympic. In that race she also set the new national record to 15:21.48. Camila currently holds 6 national records.
National Records:
  • 2016 - AAU Junior Olympic - 14 year old girls 3000m Race Walk
  • 2015 - AAU Junior Olympic - 13 year old girls 3000m Race Walk
  • 2015 - AAU Club National - 13 year old girls 3000m Race Walk
  • 2014 - AAU Junior Olympic - 12 year old girls 1500m Race Walk
  • 2014 - AAU Club National - 12 year old girls 1500m Race Walk
  • 2013 - AAU Junior Olympic - 11 year old girls 1500m Race Walk

<![CDATA[Triple Threat of Distance Running]]>Tue, 30 Aug 2016 22:10:52 GMThttp://trackhouston.com/track-houston-news/triple-threat-of-distance-running
Congratulations to the Triple Threat of Distance Running. At the 2016 AAU National Junior Olympic, the 13 year old girls Sophie Atkinson, Heidi Nielson and Kevriana Scott dominated the distance races, including a new record set by Sophie in the 3000m.
  • 1500m - Gold - Sophie Atkinson
  • 1500m - Silver - Heidi Nielson
  • 1500m - Bronze - Kevriana Scott
  • 3000m - Gold - Sophie Atkinson 
  • 3000m - Silver - Heidi Nielson
  • 3000m - Fourth - Kevriana Scott
<![CDATA[Track Houston Wins 9 Championships at 2016 USATF Junior Olympic]]>Mon, 22 Aug 2016 23:55:32 GMThttp://trackhouston.com/track-houston-news/track-houston-wins-9-championships-at-2016-usatf-junior-olympicPicture
This year Track Houston took its talent on the road to the west coast earning 9 National Championships. The total medal count for Track Houston at the USATF National Junior Olympic in Sacramento, California was 141. Although enduring dry heat over 100 degrees, our athletes performed in traditional fashion. Great job athletes, coaches and parents for making the California trip a success.

​Highlights of the meet were the 15-16 boys 4x800m relay that won it's third championship of the last 4 years and the 17-18 boys 4x800m relay winning their second consecutive championship. A member of that 17-18 boys team was Oscar DeLeon who has been on a gold medal winning 4x800m relay team for the past 5 USATF Junior Olympics.

Gold Medal Winners:
The 11-12 boys won gold in the 4x400m relay at the 2016 USATF National Junior Olympic. Members of the winning team were athletes Joseph Stephenson, Antonio Hall, Jordan Jackson and Joshua Tarver.
The team of Camila Vicens, Kevriana Scott, Sophie Atkinson and Jalen Elrod won gold in the 13-14 girls 4x800 relay at the 2016 USATF National Junior Olympic. Also pictured is their coach, Kenya Artis.
Camila Vicens earned the Gold medal in the 13-14 girls 3000m race walk.
Solomon Brent won the 15-16 boys 800m race was part of the 4x800m relay team that won gold.
The Track Houston 15-16 boys 4x800 relay teams won gold at the 2016 USATF National Junior Olympic. The team consisted of Deonte Bradford, Ethan Phillips, Solomon Brent and Sebastian Cooper.
The 15-16 boys 4x400m relay team of Nathaniel McRae, Sebastian Cooper, Genson Hooper-Price and Chidera Agim won gold.
The relay team of Nia Williams, Essance Sample, Charity Thomas and Sierra Smith won gold in the 17-18 girls 4x100 relay.
The Track Houston 17-18 boys 4x800 relay team won a second straight year of gold. This years team consisted of Kenneth Lange, Cameron White, Jordan Vance and Oscar DeLeon 
Joe Williams, of the 17-18 boys, won gold in the 200m dash at the 2016 USATF National Junior Olympic. Also pictured is Coach Darcy Davis.
<![CDATA[Race Walk Champion Madison Morgan]]>Sun, 20 Mar 2016 00:16:06 GMThttp://trackhouston.com/track-houston-news/race-walk-champion-madison-morganPicture

​By Bill Waters

When we talk about track and field we think about blazing 100 meter dash times and electrifying 4X100 relay teams. We think about record breaking long jumpers and other events that would be considered popular amongst the track community.

There is one event that is constantly overlooked even though it is an Olympic event. The Race Walk has been around for many years. Although people may think of it as an easy event there are very few people that can compete at a high level. This event takes skills that many don’t understand. When you watch the Race competitors appear to be walking strange and some people like to joke about the way they look.

One young athlete has made a point to change the way that spectators view the Race Walk. 3rd grade Cynthia Ann Parker Elementary Student Madison Morgan wants to show the world that the Race Walk event should be respected as a true track event. Morgan is a resident of Houston Texas and she has become a popular Race Walk competitor in her community. She is a 3 time USATF Race Walk Champion and she is currently one of the top 3 1500 meter Walkers in her division.

When asked about why she was so passionate about the Race Walk Morgan Stated, “People think that it is and easy event.” “So many kids get made fun of and they quit.” I would like to bring more exposure to the sport so that people will stop making fun of us.”

Morgan plans on continuing competing in the Race Walk event and her ultimate goal is to walk a blazing 7:30 in the 1500 which will break the USATF record. This record has not been broken in 20 years and it would be a huge accomplishment for such a talented athlete. Courtesy of 4.0 Sports.org

<![CDATA[Camille Napier - 12 Yr Old Cross Country Inspiration with Biliary Atresia]]>Sun, 31 Jan 2016 20:13:00 GMThttp://trackhouston.com/track-houston-news/camille-napier-12-yr-old-cross-country-inspiration-with-biliary-atresia
Courtesy of www.texanlive.com

​A fighter, a competitor, an inspiration and a miracle – words commonly used to describe the 12-year-old runner, Camille Napier. At such a young age, Camille has made a name for herself, currently holding the 3000M indoor world record time for 12-year-old girls and the national indoor record time for 13-year-old girls. But Camille has a condition her parents feared would never allow her lead a competitive lifestyle like she has.

Camille was born with a liver disease called Biliary Atresia, a condition effecting only one in every 18,000 children. The disease is not preventable, the cause is unknown and there is no medical cure, but Camille has developed her own cure in her passion for running.

After Camille had the Kasai procedure at six weeks old, there was a 70% chance she would need a liver transplant and a 50% chance she would need one before the age of two. Now, a humble fighter at age 12, Camille doesn’t know if or when that day will come, but she runs every race like it’s her last.

Usually the runt of the group, you can find her at occasional college meets, local events in Houston & some of the biggest open track meets all over the country. And she has quite a collection to show for it.

She hopes to continue her collection through college and maybe even through the Olympics…

Out of all the races in the world, it seems Camille has already defeated her biggest competition in her battle against Biliary Atresia.

Texan Live will continue to bring you updates on Camille this season and you can follow her journey on Instagram at texastrackgirl.

Reporting for Texan Live…. Courtney Madden.
<![CDATA[Cross Country Athletes at National Junior Olympics]]>Mon, 21 Dec 2015 12:48:34 GMThttp://trackhouston.com/track-houston-news/cross-country-athletes-at-national-junior-olympicsTrack Houston’s cross country athletes participated in USATF and AAU National Junior Olympics for 2015. Despite enduring rain, sleet and snow, our athletes performed well accumulating several medals.
AAU National Junior Olympic Cross Country
Heidi Nielson (12 years old)
​Silver Medal
Mia Ensley (7 year old)
7th Place Medal
Camila Vicens (13 year old)
​5th Place Medal

USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country
Sophie Atkinson (11-12 Girls)
22nd Place Medal

Ababu Mohamed (17-18 Boys)
13th Place Medal

<![CDATA[Sixty Qualified for 2015 USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country]]>Wed, 18 Nov 2015 01:42:18 GMThttp://trackhouston.com/track-houston-news/sixty-qualified-for-2015-usatf-national-junior-olympiccross-country
Congratulations to the cross country program for qualifying 60 athletes for the USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country which will be held in Albuquerque, NM on December 12th. This event was last held in Albuquerque in 2012. That year Track Houston cross country program was in its infancy traveling five athletes to Albuquerque (Camila Vicens, Aye Devany, Cole Lindhorst, Riley Lindhorst and Rachel Whipple). 

At the USATF Gulf Association qualifying meet, Track Houston won 7 individual first place awards and 6 team championships. 

Team Winners at Gulf Association:
8&Under Girls, 9-10 Girls, 9-10 Boys, 11-12 Girls, 11-12 Boys, 13-14 Girls
13-14 Boys were 2nd overall

Individual Winners:
Gold - 3K Run - Mary Katherine Gibson 9-10 Girls
Gold - 3K Run - Sophie Atkinson 11-12 Girls
Gold - 3K Run - Aye Devany 11-12 Boys
Gold - 4K Run - Camila Vicens 13-14 Girls
Gold - 4K Run - Cole Lindhorst 13-14 Boys
Gold - 5K Run - Andrew Gandy 15-16 Boys
Gold - 5K Run - Ababu Mohamed 17-18 Boys

Athletes who advanced to Junior Olympic:
Rowan Saacke, Zahra Johnson, Elizabeth Carter, Mia Ensley, Cora Nielson, Reese Kennedy, Dara Carter, Hank Gibbs, Peter Gibson, Slade Ledford, Mary Katherine Gibson, Riley Lindhorst, Iliana Ensley, Madison Morgan, Goldyn Hall, Abigail West, Raegan Mitchell, Emma Peters, Owen Gibbs, Aidan Allen, Emory Vazquez, Jared Nielson, Brody Smith, Jalyn Fonteno, Jadyn Fonteno, Shaun Garrett, Sophie Atkinson, Heidi Nieslon, Athena Reyna, Alyssa Rodriguez, Emily Cabello, Aye Devany, Travis Gibson, Ferdinand Hoven, Caleb Schaunaman, Evan David, Eddie Paton, Mitchell Harper, Eric Romo, Camila Vicens, Shyla Stone, Elizabeth Hamilton, Kiarra Wafer-Randle, Caroline Huang, Madison Clark, Cole Lindhorst, Austin Wrubel, Logan Smith, Brett Paton, Tanner Klein, Logan Smith, Gavin Saacke, Asher Smith, Kaislyn Lyons, Justin Couty, Billy Devany, Andrew Gandy, Ababu Mohamed, Anton Young