My dearest young world!!! Glad to see you loitering right along side of ya boy 12 at the Corner Store. I often laugh at my 5 yr old son, because he’s so obsessed with speed. He always wants to race me down the sidewalk. He wants to beat me picking up his toys when it’s time to clean up. He wants me to drive faster than all of the cars on the road even though he won’t have to pay for my ticket.
I can’t fault him though. His father(12) has the same guilty pleasure. I can’t get enough of watching genetically freakish athletes stretch the boundaries of perceived human limitations. Very few things, and I mean almost nothing, can get me glued to the TV like watching a boxer with quick powerful punches, a hooper with posterizing leaping ability, or just flat out nasty greasy speed baby.
That’s why you’d catch me at random track meets on the regular. I always want to see who’s gonna be the next Flo Jo or Usain. I’m so drawn to speed that I often catch myself watching old videos of Jesse Owens shaking up Hitler’s warped world in 1936. It’s a known fact not to mess with me when my Houston Texans are playing or when it’s time for the 100m, 200m, 4x100m relay, 400m, or 4x400m relay to start during the Olympics.
I really dig speed man. So today I caught some of the district 13 6A track meet at Pflugerville Senior High. And did I ever get my speed fix. I’m not sure if I saw the rebirth of Flo Jo, but I’m nearly certain that I saw the next Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.
There’s a young lady by the name of Sydney Washington whose speed not only made me sound off like The Nature Boy Rick Flair’s trademark “Whoooooo”, but the whole crowd was buzzing at how she separated herself(literally and figuratively) from the pack. Ms Washington won the women’s varsity 100m dash with a blazing time of 11.8, the 200m with a time of 24.7, and a third gold as the 2nd leg of Round Rock Stony Point High’s 4x100m relay. Her teammate, and little sister, Symone Washington also made a good showing for herself by finishing 2nd in the 100m(11.94) and 200m(24.93) behind Sydney.
Round Rock High’s Ryan O’Keefe was crowned this year’s sprint King by winning the district championship in the 100m(10.72) and 200m(21.87). He was also 2nd leg of the silver medal winning 4x100m relay. This young brotha is the real deal. What’s more exciting is the fact that the top five finishers in the 100m final all ran 10.97 or faster. Needless to say that some of these phenom’s will be breaking records at the next level real soon. There were plenty of other standouts like Round Rock McNeil’s Justin Hernandez who’s heading to the Area meet next weekend as the district 13 6A 400m champion(48.76), and I applaud all of the competitors for leaving it all out on the track, but there are simply too many athletes to mention. So I’ll just leave you with this video of some 100m footage that I caught from my wack camera phone of Mr O’Keefe, Ms Washington, and McNeil’s freshman sprinter Spencer Williams all winning their golds.
And here is the link to the results for every race in today’s district finals.
See U boyz at Area in Marble Falls. Be eazy and stay eazy