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CA Track Club Youth Track Meet Review


By Alexander Hill:


Oakland, Calif. – Track and Field opened with a bang as the red carpet was rolled out for another season of Junior Olympic hopefuls.


April 16 marked the completion of the CA Youth Track Meet from Skyline High School. Hundreds of Teams and unattached athletes participated in the one-day meet that annually provides some of the best competition in the association.



This year was no different with everyone in full stride, all brought their favorites for a day of excitement and the familiar faces in the crowd were a kind reminder that the 2011 USA Track and Field Season are officially underway!


Things got off to a rollin start in the Sprints as the day unfolded with some very solid performances. The Midget Girls are in the spot light this year with firepower up front. Leading the charge for the Midget girls was Kara Awakoaiye (CATC) in the MG 80 Hurdles as she went to victory with a Personal Best of 13.42. Also with a Personal Best and following in a close Second was Sydnie Bunel (LSI). In the Midget Boys section we saw Jonathan Hall (3MTC) with an easy win, crossing the line in 14.09. Behind him was Oakland Pal’s Ramon Sims (16.72) to take the silver.


Back to compete her last season in age Group Track and Field, Youth Girls, Nia Vance of B-Sharp took the tape in the 100 Hurdles. In a time of 15.33 just slightly off the meet record of 15.21. In her first year as a youth was Artearra Coffey (OAK-PAL) to take home the silver (16.87) and Arnold Mackenzie of the newly formed 1438 Revolution was there to take the Bronze (17.15). On the Boys side emerging from the field it would be Dante Johnson (CATC) to victory (15.14), with 3M’s Standout Armand Shyne close on his heels (15.55). Shyne’s teammate Joshua Hall would take the bronze just in front of Marcus McCollumn of Fast Forward who would take the fourth spot.


Perhaps one of the biggest rivalries cooking this season is in the Bantam Boys 400m Relay between Phenom Elite and Hercules Running Rebels. Setting last year