Courtesy of Coach Dennis White and Tonya White…..
High Point Blaze youth track athletes performed wonderfully at the Regional meet in Newport News VA and represented North Carolina! Six youth qualified for the USA track and Field Region 3 meet which was held July 5-8, 2012. This is a highly competitive and prestigious meet being represented with athletes from 4 states, NC, SC, GA, and VA.
At this meet, athletes compete to qualify for the USA Track & Field Junior Olympic Nationals which will be held July 23-28 in Baltimore MD. Clara Primus age 12, qualified for the regional meet in the 80hurdles with a time of 14.83 along with teammate Tyra White who qualified with a time of 14.81. This was a personal best for White. Primus posted a prior personal best of 14.74 at the North Carolina State games held at Wake Forest University on July 9, 2012.
Both of these young ladies started hurdling May 15, 2012 and were not expecting to do so well so fast. While they missed qualifying for the USATF JO Nationals, Primus by just 1 spot, .02 seconds and White by .19 seconds, they both medaled and finished 6th and 7th respectively.
The two also make up the State Championship midget girls’ age 11-12 4x 100 meter relay team along with Chelsea Martin, Leah Bolden, and alternate Grace Withrow. The relay competed against some of the fastest teams from NC, SC, GA, and VA and Qualified for USATF JO Nationals. The team ran with Martin, White, Primus, and Bolden in the preliminary round and with Martin, White, Primus, and Withrow in the finals to finish 4th with a personal best time of 53.66! Their Coach Tonya White calls this the 5 man relay because any combination of these young ladies delivers fast times every time they step on the track.
Bolden and Withrow both represented individually as well. In the 100 meter dash they qualified for the regional meet with a time of 13.46 for Bolden and 13.94 for Withrow. Bolden’s personal best in this event is 13.38. She also qualified in the 200m dash with a time of 27.79 which was a personal best time posted at the NC State meet in Durham.
While advancing to the finals in both the 100 and 200, an injury would prevent Bolden from qualifying for Nationals in both but medaling and placing 8th in the 100m. Withrow, who is new this year also qualified in the long jump. Her personal best is 14 feet 8 inches. She advanced to the finals of the 100 with a time of 13.66 which is a personal best. She also medaled in this event in 7th place.
Another new comer, Jazmine Gooden, participated in the High Jump. She ran the 200 and 400 at Hairston Middle School and when she came out for our club team she showed some interest in the High Jump. So her coaches had her participate in the High Jump as well as the 200 and 400. With this also being a new event for her, they weren’t expecting her to do as well as she did. She qualified for the Nationals with a height of 4 feet 5 inches.
These are only a few of the great athletes representing High Point Blaze Track Club. High Point Blaze was started in March 2010 by Tonya McKelvey-White, Clemson Alumni, USATF Championship Participant, NCAA All American, and ACC champion in the long jump and 4x100m relay and Marcia Primus University of SC Alum, Penn Relays Javelin Champ, NCAA All American, and All SEC performer. They later added another USC standout in the 800 meters, Bennie Bradley and most recently added Coach Dennis White and Micheal Stewart. It is a small club that seeks to help youth learn and love the sport of Track and field while having fun at the same time.