Speed Unlimited Blog
Last Updated: December 2014


NEW: Congratulations to our 2014 JO XC National runners who competed in Myrtle Beach SC!

We had 2 All-American (top 25) finishers.
We had a second (2nd) place national team finish.

We had 2 sixth (6th) place team finishes.
We had 8 top 100 finishers.
We had 4 top 50 finishers
We had many Personal Records (PRs) set.


Here is a summary of the action.

7-8 Boys 2k (Ran under the FWTC Jersey)


9-10 Girls 3k


9-10 Boys 3k (combined with FWTC)


11-12 Girls 3k


11-12 Boys 3k


13-14 Boys 4k


We're super proud of our runners.


Big kudos and thanks (and congrats also) to FWTC and Cascade!


All runners are encouraged to take some time off, let their bodies rest and recover (and grow :-) during the winter holiday break.


NEW: Winter Training & High School Winter Training Season & Registration NOW OPEN!
Registration for our Winter Training Program (Jan/Feb) is now open.  Winter Training is a 6-week session open to athletes (born 2004 or before and not yet in High School) looking to gain speed and strength during the winter season, and/or get ready for the spring track season. Participants will benefit from sprint technique and speed mechanics work as well as strength and conditioning training.  Athletes will get a training benchmark, which includes an official automatically timed sprint over 40 yards and will track their progress over the 6 week session.

Alongside our Winter Training Program, Speed Unlimited  is offering a Winter Training Program for High School Athletes. High school athletes that register for and participate in these sessions will train on Mon/Wed with the full team as well as Indoor training on Thur and some Sat sessions.  HS Athletes will have the option to compete in a select number of indoor meets (pending qualification per the performance standards set by the meet directors).


Information (schedule) and registration details for the High School Winter Training Program will be posted in early December. 


NEW: Looking Ahead to the 2015
Spring Season

Our 2015 Spring and Summer Track and Field Season will begin on Monday March 9th 2015. The training sessions are typically on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6pm or 6:30pm to 8pm at a track stadium location either in Bellevue or Mercer Island. Electronic registration for this season will open in February.  The spring/summer training season's schedule will be posted in early February. Online registration will open in Mid-February.


Registration for Fall Training is now CLOSED
The post season cross country races have begun!  We have now closed registration for our fall training sessions (both competitive XC and Speed Conditioning).  If you are a returning Speed Unlimited High School Age athlete and would still like to join the Fall High School Training Sessions (indoors through December vacation) please email info@speedunlimited.us to request special registration permission.
Reference: See the fall season's schedule.


Congratulations go out to all of our cross country runners who competed at the Junior Olympics (XC) Regional Championship meet at Woodland Park this weekend! 
The course was muddy, hills were slippery, and the fields this year were deep, but that did not thwart the various team's bids to advance to the JO XC Nationals which will take place in Myrtle Beach SC on Saturday, Dec 13th.

Coaches did not expect fast times given the terrain, and our taper-based training this week, but were focused on how the teams would perform and finish relative to the steep competition.

We are so proud of all of our runners. We had many Personal Records (PRs) and Personal Course Records (PCRs) set yesterday.

7-8 Girls 2k(Ran under the FWTC Jersey)


7-8 Boys 2k (Ran under the FWTC Jersey)


9-10 Girls 3k


9-10 Boys 3k (combined with FWTC)


11-12 Girls 3k


11-12 Boys 3k


13-14 Girls 4k (Ran under the FWTC Jersey)


13-14 Boys 4k


All results are here: https://coachoregistration.com/dbi-bin/meetinfopage.pl

NEW: Congratulations to our Cross Country Junior Olympic Participants: Results from the PNA Championship 11/15/14
A hearty congratulations goes out to all of our cross country runners who competed at the Junior Olympics (XC) Association Championship meet at Woodland Park! We were so proud of all of our runners. We had many Personal Records (PRs) and Personal Course Records (PCRs) set today. Read more about it in our SpeedU blog.


On Saturday Nov 22 at Woodland Park our qualifiers will face runners from Oregon and Eastern Washington for the Region 13 Championship.


7-8 Girls (Ran under the FWTC Jersey)


7-8 Boys (Ran under the FWTC Jersey)


9-10 Girls


9-10 Boys


11-12 Girls


11-12 Boys


13-14 Girls (Ran under the FWTC Jersey)


13-14 boys


On Saturday Nov 22 at Woodland Park our qualifiers will face runners from Oregon and Eastern Washington for the Region 13 Championship.


NEW: Registration for Fall Training is now CLOSED

The post season cross country races have begun!  We have now closed registration for our fall training sessions (both competitive XC and Speed Conditioning).  If you are a returning Speed Unlimited High School Age athlete and would still like to join the Fall High School Training Sessions (indoors through December vacation) please email info@speedunlimited.us to request special registration permission.

Information and registration details for our Winter Training Program (Jan/Feb) will be posted in early December.  Winter Training is a 6-week session to athletes (born 2004 or before and not yet in High School) looking to gain speed and strength during the winter season, and/or get ready for the spring track season. Participants will benefit from sprint technique and speed mechanics work as well as strength and conditioning training.  Athletes will get a training benchmark, which includes an official automatically timed sprint over 40 yards and will track their progress over the 6 week session.

ATTENTION: MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES - Post Fall Registration Opens
Middle School: Speed Unlimited offers a late fall cross country program for middle school athletes that have been training and competing with their middle school school teams.  The season includes participation in the competitive Junior Olympic  (JO) Cross Country circuit which culminates with XC JO Nationals (in Myrtle Beach NC) in early December.  This is a great chance to improve on your seasonal best and vie to compete on a national level with age group peers! Register for the Fall Post Season Middle School XC session.

High School: High School age athletes that have finished their fall high school sports season in any sport can register for our Fall High School session.  Athletes will participate in either our competitive post season cross country program or our Speed Conditioning group once their participation in a fall high school team is completed.  The high school cross country athletes will train and can participate in a variety of post season XC invitational meets. Registered High School athletes can continue training through December as they get ready for the winter indoor season.
See the season's schedule.


2014 Fall Training Programs Registration Opens

Our Fall Training System began on Monday August 18th. Registration is now closed. NOTE: Practices are typically on Monday and Wednesday evenings on the Eastside. Please be sure to review our fall schedule for practice times (which change as sunset times progress) and locations when it is posted.


Our Fall Training features 2 training groups.

Group 1 is the Competitive Cross Country (XC) Racing Group that will train and compete in the Fall USATF Cross Country Developmental meets series and and Junior Olympic circuit starting in November.  These runners will race the 2K, 3K, 4K and 5K depending on their age group. To register for the Cross Country team runners must be at least 9 years of age or born in 2005. Younger athletes born in 2006 or 2007 may train with Speed Unlimited with coaches approval.

 

Group 2 is the Fall Speed, Strength & Conditioning Group.  This group consists of sprinters and/or athletes who do not want to run XC. Speed, Strength & Conditioning participants will benefit from sprint technique and speed mechanics as well as strength work, but will not compete in any races/events.  To register for the Speed, Strength & Conditioning Group athletes must be at least 11 years of age or born in 2003. Younger returning Speed Unlimited athletes, born in 2004 or 2005, may join with coaches approval.
NOTE: High School aged athletes that are participating in a school sport are welcome to register for and participate with the appropriate training group before their HS training begins and once that season has ended. Look for a special link on the registration page for these athletes.

Congratulations to our 2014 Junior Olympic Track and Field Nationals Competitors!
Congratulations to our 33 Speed Unlimited athletes who traveled to the Junior Olympic National meet at Turner Stadium in Humble TX to compete in 26 individual events and 7 relays.
t the end of the long, hot 7-day week of competition, we saw multiple PRs (8), Ten (10) top-20 finishers in 9 events, and five (5) individual medals. We are super proud of our athletes - for the strength, resolve, execution and performances under the conditions. We saw lots of growth and improvement, and promise for future improvement.


Here is the day-by-day recap.

Day 1: Wednesday 7/23/14 [95° F, 94%H]

Speed Unlimited athletes got off to a great start today at the USATF Junior Olympic National meet.

 

Mark M. was our first athlete on the track in the 15-16 boys 400mH. Despite being “fast started” (not yet in the set position when the starter shot the gun), Mark still ran a PR 1:03.23.

 

At the same time, Calvin B. was at the Triple Jump. Calvin had 3 solid jumps coming close to, but not quite matching his PR from Regionals.  All-in, a good performance in an event he picked up in May.

 

Later in the morning our focus turned to the 800m prelims. Philip K. ran a solid race for 25th in the 9-10 boys division. Emma G. and Kate J. were next in the 11-12 girls race. Emma went out hard but couldn’t maintain her pace in the high temps. It was a strong showing for her first nationals appearance. Kate followed with a solid race and a PR of 2:27.58 for 13th place.  In the 11-12 boys Elian J struggled in the heat and with nerves in his first individual nationals appearance. He started with a slower pace than in his regional race and was not able to pick up on the second lap. Sarah H. in the 15-16 girls ran a tactically smart race to finish 22nd overall. Gaby J was our last 800m runner of the day and our only graduating senior at the national meet.  In the 17-18 Men’s division Gaby wrapped up his Speed U running career with a 35th place finish.

 

Nerves may have gotten the best of Justin F. in the 13-14 boys 200m prelims as he lost composure in the final 100m, despite having a competitive start. He’ll be back on the track tomorrow in the 100 and 4x100.

 

Our day wrapped up with the 13-14 boys 4x800m relay team of Calvin B, Aidan C, Ruben J and Jake L.  Each of the boys ran close to or better than their season PR’s for a 22nd place finish.

 

Tomorrow we are up early to see Sarah in the 1500, Mark and Hannah in the hurdles. After lunch Justin will be on the track in the 100.  And the afternoon will wrap up with our 3 teams in the 4x100m races.

 

Day 2: Thursday 7/24/14 [93° F, 93%H]

Sarah H. got the day started with an awesome (6 second) PR in the 15-16 girls 1500m (5:53.65). She finished 4th in her heat to qualify to the final in 5th place overall. 

 

Mark M. was up next in the 15-16 boys 110mH. He had a tough start and missed qualifying for the semi final.  Hannah G. 11-12 girl in the 80mH was next she moves on the semi final in 11th place on Friday.

 

Justin kept the day on a high note setting a new PR of 11.81 and finishing 3rd in his 100m heat of the 13-14 boys to qualify to the semi-final also on Friday.

 

The team took a break from the action and was back out on the track in the late afternoon for the 4x100 races.  The 9-10 boys team of Jenson W, Brandon G, Connor G, and Benny B had a celebrity starter (Carl Lewis) . After a mishap on the first exchange the team was DQ’ed.  Despite knowing the outcome the boys picked up the baton and finished the race with heart, making Speed U proud! The 13-14 boys team of Ethan W, Justin F, Mitchell S and Kyle H got a great start but handed off the baton just outside the zone on the second exchange. They finished well only to get the word later that they had been DQ’ed as well. The 15-16 girls team of Ciara D, Sarah H., Maria M. and Olivia S. ran a solid race and advanced their standing finishing 36th overall.

 

 

Day 3: Friday 7/25 [94° F, 96%H]

Alex H had a rough start to his meet in the 15-16 High Jump.  At the national meet the starting height was set just above his PR.  Though he seemed ready to clear it in training Alex did not manage to clear the height in his 3 attempts in competition. He will be back tomorrow in the Pole Vault. 

 

Makena W. had a tough 400m race and ran off her PR in the 11-12 girls.  Justin (13-14 boys) ran a strong race setting a new personal best of 54.91.  Mitchell S. in the 13-14 boys also ran well in the heat to wrap up our 400m competitors. Justin F was right back on the track in the 100m Semis where he valiantly tried to sprint through the fatigue and the heat but was unable to advance to the finals.

 

Hannah ran a solid 80M H semi final in the 11-12 girls missing the final and finishing 13th overall. In the 13-14 girls, Rikita had 3 solid jumps at the long jump pit in her first nationals appearance.  She jumped consistently and close to her PR showing poise and a bright future in tough competition.

 

We wrapped up the day with the 4x400 teams. The 9-10 girls team of Jana W., Olivia V, Maya C and Faith M. ran just off their PR showing lots of determination. The 11-12 girls team of Makena W, Emma G, Hannah H, and Kate J just missed matching their own PR by 2 seconds. They finished 19th overall.  The 13-14 boys team of Calvin B, Ethan W. Mitchell S. and Kyle H ran a tactical race also coming close to their PR. 

 

Day 4: Saturday 7/26 [94° F, 90%H]

 

This was our shortest but one of the most exciting days of the meet for Speed Unlimited.  Mary Rose V. ran a tactically smart race in the 15-16 girls 3000m with a blazing kick to finish 19th overall in her first track nationals appearance.  At the same time Alex H. was out at the 15-16 boys Pole Vault. Alex was determined to leave the meet on a high note (pun intended).  He set a new PR in the PV of 3.55m and finished 24th overall.  NOTE: Alex just started Pole Vaulting in April.

 

The day wrapped up with Hannah H. in the Long Jump. She hit the board perfectly on her first jump of the day leaping out to 4.81m.  Her mark would hold up through the final round to give her an 8th place finish and her second all American season in the event.

 

Day 5: Sunday 7/27 [98° F, 93%H]

 

Our last day at the track would feature the 1500m finals for Speed U and 2 more field events. 

 

Brandon G. was our first athlete to compete this morning in the 9-10 boys long jump. His first jump was a flyer, but Brandon lost balance after the landing and his hand fell backwards erasing several inches that likely would have put him into the finals. He finished 22nd overall.

 

Maya C. was our first competitor in the 1500m race in the 9-10 girls. She finished 6th in her heat for a 31st place finish wrapping up her first nationals experience. Faith M. followed in a subsequent heat in the same age group, and ran a solid race finishing with a PR of 5:23.60 a 6th place overall and All-American finish. Kate was up next in the 11-12 girls category. She ran a tactically smart and aggressive race finishing 6th overall in 4:59.09. Brian wrapped up the morning competition in the same age group in a blazing race which resulted with a 5th place finish setting a new PR of 4:37.60, and where the winner shattered the national record. 

 

The team once again shifted focus to the field to see Kyle J, our last field athlete of the week in the 17-18 Men’s High Jump. Kyle reported he was slipping on the run up. The lack of traction kept him from getting the speed he needed to jump his best. Kyle left the competition a bit early at 1.85m after clearing 1.90m at the last 3 meets.  Kyle finished 24th overall in his first nationals appearance.

 

After wrapping up our field competition for the week, we turned our focus to Sarah H. in the 15-16 girls 1500m race. Sarah went out fast (just a few seconds off her 800m PR). She suffered in the heat and from being under hydrated, but still managed to hold on to the 8th place spot for her first individual All American finish. 

 

All-in, this was a great week for Speed U! 

 

8 New Personal Bests set in Houston

·       Mark M. 15-16 boy 400m H 1:03.23

·       Kate J 11-12 girls 800m 2:27.58

·       Sarah H 15-16 girls 1500m 5:53.65

·       Justin F. 13-14 boys 100m 11.81

·       Alex H 15-16 boys Pole Vault 3.55m

·       Faith M 9-10 girls 1500m 5:23.60

·       Brian M 11-12 boys 1500m 4:37.60

·       Justin F 13-14 boys 400m 54.91

 

2 Semi finalists

·       Justin F. 100m 13-14 boys

·       Hannah G. 80m H 11-12 Girls

 

5 Medalists (Top 8) and USATF All-Americans

·       Hannah H. 8th Long Jump 11-12 girls

·       Faith M. 6th 1500m 9-10 girls

·       Kate J. 6th 1500m 11-12 girls

·       Brian M. 5th 1500m 11-12 boys

·       Sarah H. 8th 1500m 15-16 boys

 

5 more Elite Youth All-Americans 12-20th place

·       Kate J . 13th 800m 11-12 girls

·       Hannah G. 13th 80m H 11-12 girls

·       Makenna W. , Emma G, Hannah G, Kate J 19th 4x400m 11-12 girls

·       Mary Rose V. 3000m 15-16 girls

 

Our athletes will take a break for the next few weeks and return to training for Fall Cross Country and/or Speed Conditioning on Monday Aug 18.  Registration for the Fall Season is now open.


Congrats to our 2014 JO Nationals Qualifiers!
We saw 50 of our athletes compete this weekend in hot and competitive action at the JO Regional 13 Meet in Spokane WA. Of those, 41 athletes qualified to
advance to compete at the Nationals Meet in Houston Texas from July 21st through the 28th, in 30 individual events and 7 relays.  We earned 7 Regional Championships and many PRs!  Congrats to all! The athletes who did not advance left the meet with new PRs and/or participated in some intensely deep and competitive fields. Overall, our team did exceptionally well with great performances under the conditions. The coaches are very proud of you all.


ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL & MIDDLE SCHOOL TEAM TRACK & FIELD ATHLETES - Summer Track Season Registration is Underway. Finishing up your high school or middle school track program? Want to continue training and improving this summer?  Speed Unlimited offers a summer track program for high school and middle school athletes (once the school season is over) that includes high quality training, and a chance to compete in the competitive summer Junior Olympic circuit which culminates with Nationals (this year in Houston TX) at the end of July.  This is a great chance to improve on your seasonal best, improve aspects of your technique and vie to compete on a national level with age group peers! 


The 2014 Spring Track and Field Season Begins Monday, March 10th!

Our Spring Track and Field Season will begin Monday, March 10th.  Practice sessions will be held on Monday/Wednesday typically between 6:30pm and 8pm during the months March thru end of July.  See the season's schedule.


Winter Training Program Registration  - Starting in January 2014
We will begin our winter speed and conditioning training group on Monday January 6th, 2014 at
Interlake HS Track in Bellevue WA.  These sessions will be on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30pm to 8pm.

This 6-week session is open to athletes (born 2003 or before) looking to gain speed and strength during the winter season, and/or get ready for the spring track season. Participants will benefit from sprint technique and speed mechanics work as well as strength and conditioning training.  Athletes will get a training benchmark, which includes an official automatically timed sprint over 40 yards and will track their progress over the 6 week session. You can review the Winter Training Schedule.


High School Supplemental Training
As a supplement to the Winter Training Program Speed Unlimited offers additional training sessions for our high school age athletes.  High school athletes that register for and participate in these sessions will have the option to compete in a select number of indoor meets (pending qualification per the meet standards set by the directors). 

NEW: CONGRATS TO OUR JUNIOR OLYMPIC NATIONALS COMPETITORS AND NATIONAL CHAMPION!

Congrats to all of our team who competed at the Junior Olympic Cross Country (XC) Nationals Meet in San Antonio TX this past weekend.


Faith was our first athlete in the course.  She had a blazing kick to finish 26th in a time on 11:58 just outside the medals.

Nathan was up next in a very fast field he finished 44th in a time of 11:20

Trinity took to the course next as a member of the CS team she finished in a time of 13:45 her best time this year! The team finished 17th out of 37 teams.

Our 11-12 boys were next.  Joe brought home the national championship in a time of 9:41! Michael followed in 16th place in a time of 10:29.  Brian was our next athlete across the line in a time of 11:07 for 92nd place. The Evan in 158th in 11:27, Elian in 174th in 11:34 (a PR!) and finally Aidan in 11:55 for 247th place out of 391 runners.  The team was 9th overall out of 33 teams.

The 13-14 girls were happy to have Hannah back with them.  She finished in 67th place, followed by Meissa (121) Ashlyn (128) Ariel (138) Mary Rose (167) Aliya (264) and Ellie (348) out of 377 girls.  The team finished in 13th out of 33 teams.

Our 13-14 boys finished out the day with Matthew (164th in 14:30) and Calvin (406th in 16:31) both running PR's as part of the Snohomish team.  The team finished 16th out of 39 teams.


Congrats to all of our athletes !


CONGRATS TO OUR JUNIOR OLYMPIC REGIONAL COMPETITORS AND NATIONAL QUALIFIERS!

Congratulations are in order to all of our Speed U runners for a great meet this past weekend at the JO Regional Championship Meet in Salem OR. Every single Speed U runner qualified to move on to the National Meet in San Antonio TX on December 14!!  That is a stellar achievement for the kids and the club.

9-10 Girl Faith was back in form this weekend with a 4th place finish.


9-10 Boy Nathan ran a smart race with a strong 7th place finish and a new PR of 11:47!


11-12 Girl Trinity improved her performance by almost 15 seconds over last weekend as part of the Cascade Striders 4th place Regional team.


11-12 Boys were lead by Joe, who took home the Region 13 Championship in style in a time of 9:59.91(!), setting a new course record. Michael was 2nd place finish in a time of 10:33.20. Brian ran his way into 9th place and time of a 10:56, his first sub 11 minute finish. Evan came in with a solid 11:19 good for 27th place.  Aidan rounded out our top 5 this weekend with a time of 11:44. Ethan followed with a 43rd place finish and a 55 second PR, 11:57. Elian fought off a bad stomach stitch to finish in a time of 12:08, well off his personal best.  Together the team finished 3rd in the division, a mere 5 point out of 2nd and just 13 off of 1st.


13-14 Girls set out to have a stronger performance than last weekend and did not disappoint!.  Ashley finished in 17th place with a new PR of 15:28. Meissa crossed the line close behind in 26th place with a solid time of 15:39. Ariel looked like her old self again coming in 35th with a time of 16:11. Mary Rose finished with an incredible kick passing quite a few runners in the final 300 meters to finish in 36th with a time of 16:14 (a new PR!).  Aliya set a new PR of 16:40 rounding out the top 5 team scorers in 49th place. Ellie ran a strong race in a time of 17:35, 2 minutes faster than last week! Together the girls secured a 5th place team finish.


13-14 Boys ran with the Snohomish squad.  Matthew finished in 71st place in a time of 15:28. Calvin finished in 86th place in 16:28, a PR of over 30 seconds! The team finished tied with Federal Way for 3rd both on points and average time.  Despite having less than his best race, Matthew's finish was the deciding factor in breaking the team competition tie in favor of Snohomish.


15-16 Girls finished out our day with solid performances. Kelsey was 4th with a time of 19:27. Alex came in 9th at 20:25. Lindsey ran 20:35 for 11th place. Carlyn came in 21st in a time of 21:48.  Winter rounded out the team of 5 with a new PR and a 26th place finish.  Despite being down 1 runner, the girls ended Speed Unlimited's day on a high note as the Regional 13 Champion 15-16 girls XC team!


Congratulations to all of our Speed Unlimited Runners for being National Qualifiers!


Speed Unlimited High Schoolers Rock it at WIAA States and qualify for Nike Border Clash
Congrats to our 5 of High Schooler runners who finished top 12 at state in their respective division finals, and qualified to compete in the Nike Border Clash in Portland OR.


ATTENTION MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL TEAM CROSS COUNTRY ATHLETES
Speed Unlimited runs a fall cross country program for high schoolers and middle school athletes (once the school season is over) that can include the
competitive Junior Olympic circuit which culminates with Nationals in early December for Competitive Cross Country Runners.  This is a great
chance to improve on your seasonal best and compete on a national level with age group peers!

High School age athletes can register for our Pre/Post High School session.  Middle School age athletes should send email to info@speedunlimited.us if you are interested in joining us for the November/December competitive Junior Olympic series of meets.


Congratulations to all of our Speed Unlimited Runners for who qualified for regionals! 11/17/2013

Congratulations to all of our Speed Unlimited XC runners for their great efforts yesterday at the PNA Association Championship meet.  The weather cooperated with sunshine and no rain.  The course was muddy, slippery and slow.  PR's were tough to come by but in very large and competitive races Speed Unlimited managed to advance ALL of our athletes to the next level of competition (regionals).  We are very proud of everyone.

9-10 Girls 3K
Faith managed an 11th place finish while fighting the flu. 

9-10 Boys 3K
Nathan finished 2nd with a gutsy finishing kick.

11-12 Girls 3K
Trinity ran her first full 3K of the season.  She qualified as part of the 3rd place Cascade Striders Team.

11-12 Boys 3K
Joe took home 1st place.  Followed by Michael in 3rd.  Brian and Evan ran together finishing in 10th and 11th respectively.  Elian rounded out our top 5 scorers with a 17th place finish. Aidan (22nd), Cody (29th) and Ethan (30th) all did their part by meeting the individual qualifier mark and displacing the 4th and 5th place runners on the 3rd-5th place teams.  The boys team finished in 2nd place.

13-14 Girls  4K
The girls had a tough day in the largest field of the meet. Meissa improved her time for 11th. Ashlyn came in 13th, Mary Rose 20th. Aliya PR'ed for 23rd place. Ariel ran a tough race trying to find their rhythm in the 4K.  Ellie finished up the group only to realize by dinner time that she has the flu!  The girls finished 3rd in the team competition.

13-14 Boys 4K
Matthew finished 20th with a strong finish.  Calvin won the Speed U. PR-of-the-day award besting his own time from 3 weeks ago by 20 seconds!  Together with the boys of Snohomish (Noah, Trevor, Chris, Tyler, Riley and Alex) the team won the division.

15-16 Girls 5K
Kelsey came in second followed by Alex in 6th, Lindsey in 8th, Winter in 14th and Natalie in 15th.  The girls finished 2nd as a team.

All athletes should rest today and continue to hydrate well.  For those continuing on in the JO circuit look for a separate e-mail with Regional information.

SALEM HERE WE COME!


2013 Fall Season Registration Open!

Fall Training will begin on Wednesday August 21 at 6:30pm at Robinswood Park.  NOTE: Practices are typically on Monday and Wednesday evenings. Please be sure to review our fall schedule for practice times (which change as sunset times progress) and locations.


Our Fall Training features 2 training groups.

 

Group 1 is the Competitive Cross Country Racing Group that will train and compete in the Fall USATF Cross Country Developmental meets series and and Junior Olympic circuit starting in November.  These runners will race the 2K, 3K, 4K and 5K depending on their age group. To register for the Cross Country team runners must be at least 9 years of age or born in 2004. Younger athletes born in 2005 or 2006 may train with Speed Unlimited with coaches approval.

 

Group 2 is the Fall Speed, Strength & Conditioning Group.  This group consists of sprinters and/or athletes with another competitive fall sport. Participants will benefit from sprint technique and speed mechanics as well as strength work, but will not compete in any races/events.  To register for the Speed, Strength & Conditioning Group athletes must be at least 11 years of age or born in 2002. Younger returning Speed Unlimited athletes, born in 2003 or 2004, may join with coaches approval.

NOTE: High School aged athletes that are participating in a school sport are welcome to register for and participate with the appropriate training group before their HS training begins and once that season has ended.  Look for a special link on the registration site for these athletes.



register-online
 Register online for the fall season



Congratulations to our 2013 Junior Olympic Track and Field Nationals Competitors!
Congratulations to our 34 Speed Unlimited athletes who traveled to the Junior Olympic National meet at North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro NC to compete in 35 individual events and 8 relays. At the end of the long 7-day week of competition, we saw multiple PRs and 12 top-20 finishers in 9 events, 1 top-10 relay team finish, 3 finalists that resulted in 3 individual medals, 2 relays medals and an individual National Champion in 2 events! We are super proud of our athletes and feel blessed and lucky to have had the opportunity to coach and be a part of the many accomplishments our athletes achieved this week.


Here is the day-by-day recap.


Sunday July 28th  [85° F, 97% H] 

We were back on the track bright and early for the 8am with AJ A. in the High Jump and Branden G. in the Long Jump.

 

Branden G. was not able to ignite the same spark he found at regionals and finished out his year with a jump off his personal best.  AJ A. got in some good jumps almost equaling his personal best clearing 1.85m and closing out his first ever national competition.

 

Before lunch we also watched 3 of our 5 runners in the 1500m final. Faith lead off with a gutsy run finishing 5th in her heat and an over 21st place in the country ranking.  Kate was up next.  With 700m to go a runner fell in front of her and Kate managed to stay on her feet.  Unfortunately her momentum was broken and Kate was not able to deliver her usual strong finish.  Kate still finished in 18th overall for her second Elite Youth All- American ranking of the week.  Brian followed and ran a tactically smart and gutsy race.  He finished 11th in his heat and 15th overall.  All 3 of these young runners return to compete next year in the same age group.

 

After lunch we all returned to the track to watch the last 2 Speed U races of the week.  Sophie took to the track first in her 1500m final. Sophie led from the start and won her second National Championship of the meet with a PR of 4:32.38. Then Katia took the pace out fast. She ran to the front with a plan to use her strength to dictate a fast paced race.  She held on strong as the kickers picked up through the last 400m finishing in 8th place with a season best time of 4:41.24. 

 

Many of our families head home tonight while a few will enjoy some quiet time at the pool before leaving tomorrow.  The team will take a few weeks off to rest before starting the Fall Season. More details about Fall training will be sent to members on e-mail and posted to our website soon.


Saturday July 27th  [76° F, 97% H] 

Hannah W. and Meissa N. were our first athletes on the track this morning in the 3000m race.  Nerves got the best of Hannah after narrowly missing the 1500m final on Thursday.  She started the race already depleted of her energy stores and simply did not have enough in her to run her best. Meissa ran a solid race finishing just off her PR. 

 

Makena ran in the first heat of the 9-10 girls 400m Semi final.  The heat got out faster then she did and it was just too much ground to make up.  Makena ended her first year of national competition in 22nd place.

 

Tyler W. finished in 16th place in the long jump with a 15 foot 7in jump - a new Personal Best!

 

Mark M. finished 5th in his semi-final heat in a time of 27.21 securing a 19th place overall finish at the national meet! 

 

Next we waited for the 800m Finals to begin. Just 5 heats before Sophie C. was set to race, the meet was delayed due to a thunderstorm. The athletes were taken into buildings and the stadium completely cleared of all spectators.  Initial thought was a 30-minute delay would be enough for the storm to pass. However, in the end the facility reopened 2.5 hours later after lighting had stopped.  The athletes were allowed 15 minutes to warm up again before competition resumed.  At 5:25pm, a full 2 hours and 5 minutes after her event was scheduled, Sophie final started her race.  She rolled off the first turn and took the lead at the break.  Sophie finished the race setting a new PR of 2:10.11 in first place as the 2013: 13-14 girls National Champion!

 

The last Speed U athlete of the day was Hannah G. in the Long Jump. Hannah had arrived at the track for warm-ups just in time to get routed into the building and wait out the storm.  Once competition resumed Hannah just couldn’t put together her best jump in the wind and with the wet runway.

 

Tomorrow will be the last day of National competition.  Speed U will wrap up the week with more long jump, high jump and 5 athletes in the 1500m finals.



Friday July 26th  [83° F, 93% H] 

Makena W. got the team off to a great start early this morning finishing 2nd in her heat of the 400m prelims and automatically qualifying for the Semi-Finals.  After a mid-day break, Speed U returned to the track with our two 4x400m teams.  The 9-10 girls team of Anika H., Faith M, Danielle T. and Makena W. ran in a fast and competitive heat where they finished 5th in their heat and ran 2 seconds off of their best. 

 

While other age groups raced the relays on the track, we shifted our focus to AJ A. at the Triple Jump.  Having struggled with a strained hamstring sustained in a 100m dash at the Track City meet, AJ felt recovered enough to give it a go at the national meet, but couldn’t quite put together his best jump. He did not advance to the final.

 

Our last 4x400m team of 15-16 girls Sophie B., Elena J., Geneva E. and Dominique T. improved on their relay best by 5 seconds running a time of 4:04.82 and improving on their ranking - finishing 17th in the country against a formidable and fast class this year.

 

The action continues tomorrow Saturday with the 3000m and 800m finals, 400m and 200mH Semi-Finals, and more long jump action.


Thursday July 25th [81° F, 87% H] 

This morning’s competition started out with Hannah W., Sophie C., Matthew W. and Katia M. in the 1500m.  Hannah ran just off her personal best narrowly missing advancing to the final finishing in 13th place.  Matthew wrapped up his 3rd race in 2 days with a strong finish.  He had to make a quick recovery before heading to a mid day high jump competition.  Sophie and Katia both won their heats and advanced to Sunday’s final.

 

Next on the track for Speed U were Mark M. and Hannah G. in the 100m and 80m Hurdles respectively.  Both athletes finished in 28th place setting new PRs. Mark ran 15.30 and Hannah ran 14.69, both improving their relative ranking from their initial entries.

 

Action for the team took a break from the track and moved to the field events for the afternoon.  Maeva H. threw the Turbo Jav in her first ever Nationals competition. She finished in 22nd place and improved her mark for the day with each throw.  At the same time Matthew F. was in the midst of his High Jump competition, his 4th and final event of the week.  Matthew finished 15th with a jump off his personal best.  Christoph was our last field athlete of the day in the long jump.  He was unable to get his steps down in face of a steep 4m per second head wind and jumped less than his best.

 

Speed U wrapped up the day with the 13-14 boys 4x100m race.  As is sometimes the case in this technically precarious event, the baton did not make it all the way around the track, despite a hungry and prepared team. Lots of lessons to be taken home from this one though, so all in, a worthwhile experience.

 

We are back tomorrow with the 400, 4x400 and the Triple Jump.


Wednesday July 24th [90° F, 84%H] 

Today (Wed) was the first (full and long) day on the track at North Carolina A&T University for SpeedU.  Action started with Geneva E. in the Long Jump. She adjusted to the fast mondo surface runway, escaping a foul and achieving two good jumps. Both jumps were consistent (4.73 & 4.74), although not her season's best. Alex H ran to an almost 1 second PR in the 200M Hurdles. Mark M ran in a fast heat to make it to the semi's with a PR, which he needed to advance.  We saw Faith M, Kate J, Sophie C, Matthew F, Katia M, Dominque "Dom" T, and Gaby J all compete in the individual 800m. Sophie C advanced to the finals while Katia M finished her 800m racing for the season with a PR.  We saw Makena W manage a new set of blocks by herself to sprint to a new PR in 200m (29.64).  Christoph ran against a steep field (in new spikes that slipped with each stride) for 24.40.  We had 4 teams in the 4x800m relays.  The first, the 11-12 boys (Brian M, Evan B, Aidan C, Elian J ran to 3rd place in their heat, and 10th overall, missing the medals by 2 places. They achieved a 10:37.05, which was a 16 second PR! 


The 13-14 girls (Aliya S, Meissa N, Sophie C, Hannah 'H-dub' W ran to 6th place medals with a 10:16.28.  The 13-14 boys (Jackson K, Ruben J, Nik F, Matthew F, ran a 10:25.07, which was off their mark from their regionals race.  The 15-16 girls (Katia M, Elena J, Sarah H, Dom T) finish 3rd with a PR time of 9:54.08.  Both girls' teams earned USATF All-American honors for their achievement.  We've excited for and proud of our athletes for performing so well today on such a big stage. It was tough given the heat, and the erratic check-in protocol.
 


Congratulations to our 2013 Junior Olympic Nationals Qualifiers!

Congratulations to our 37 Speed Unlimited athletes who qualified in 35 individual events and 8 relays to advance to the Junior Olympic Nationals meet which will be held at North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro NC at the end of July. Seven of our athletes also earned 9 individual regional titles as well as 6 of our relay teams earning championship honors. Our coaches are all SUPER PROUD of our athletes' achievements and looking forward to the Track City meet in Eugene OR and the Nationals meet in NC.

Congrats to our 2013 JO Regional Qualifiers!
We saw 59 of our athletes compete this weekend at the PNA JO Association meet. Of those, 54 (45 in 75 individual events plus 6 relay teams) advanced to compete at the Region XIII meet on July 6-7.  The athletes who did not advance left the meet with a new PRs and/or participated in some intensely deep and competitive fields. Overall, our team did exceptionally well with great performances abound. The coaches are very proud of you all.


S
peed Unlimited Youth Track Club Recognized as one of 42 clubs nationally for athletic excellence with USATF Foundation Grant
Speed Unlimited Youth Track Club was recognized again (for the 3rd year in a row!) as one of 42 top clubs in the nation for athletic excellence with a USATF Foundation Grant
. This grant from the USATF Foundation is awarded to youth sports clubs that have demonstrated excellence in the sport of track and field. The grant will allow Speed Unlimited to provide additional competitive opportunities for our youth athletes and to enhance the experience for all participants. This is the 3rd USATF grant Speed Unlimited has earned since the club's inception in 2010, and will help the club to support the continued development of the technical training program and the club's JO Nationals travel scholarship program. "We are committed to equal access and this grant will allow us to achieve a core and important part of our mission - making the sport and achievement at high levels accessible to as many athletes as we can support" said Anthony Joseph, club head coach.

Congratulations to our Portland Track Festival Participants
While most of the team was at the Cascade Striders Meet in Bellevue, a few select members of our distance group traveled to Portland to participate in the prestigious Portland Track Festival. The meet features a MS Girls and Boys 1500m race.  Our HS girls had the opportunity to run the 1500m with some of the Open Women. 

You can view the full results HERE. Congratulations to all of our PTF runners!

MS Girls 1500 m Race


MS Boys 1500m Race


HS Girls 1500m


ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL & MIDDLE SCHOOL TEAM TRACK & FIELD ATHLETES - Summer Track Season Registration is Underway. Finishing up your high school or middle school track program? Want to continue training and improving this summer?  Speed Unlimited offers a summer track program for high schoolers and middle school athletes (once the school season is over) that includes high quality training, and a chance to compete in the competitive summer Junior Olympic circuit which culminates with Nationals (this year in Greensboro NC) at the end of July.  This is a great chance to improve on your seasonal best, improve aspects of your technique and vie to compete on a national level with age group peers!  Please see our registration page for more details including our club handbook with what to expect information and review the Spring/Summer Training Schedule. Registration closes for HS athletes on June 15th, 2013.

Registration Information Posted for the 2013 Spring Track and Field Season!
Our Spring Track and Field Season has begun.  Practice sessions are held on Monday/Wednesday typically between 6:30pm and 8pm during the months March thru end of July and on Saturdays mornings until meets begin in May. 

The 2013 Spring Track and Field Season Begins Monday March 11th!
Our Spring Track and Field Season will begin Monday March 11th.  Practice sessions will be held on Monday/Wednesday typically between 6:30pm and 8pm during the months March thru end of July. 

Please note, if you are new to Speed Unlimited this spring season, we ask that you plan to attend our New Athlete Orientation and Pre-Season Training session on Saturday March 9th.  This will be an opportunity for new athletes to come and learn the warmup routine, meet the coaches and generally feel better prepared for the first official training session on Monday March 11th.  Coaches will focus on helping our new members learn the drills, and understand the basic workout expectations. There will be a parent meeting at the same time. The New Athlete Orientation Training Session and concurrent Parent Meeting are mandatory for athletes and families new to Speed U. 

Stay tuned for more information. Specific times and locations for Orientation and Training as well as registration materials will be posted by mid-february.

Registration for Winter Training Program Closes on 1/15/13
If you are interested in participating in our Winter Training Program Wednesday 1/15/13 will be the last day new athlete registrations are accepted.  If you are interested please review the Registration information and schedule, and come to training on Wednesday with your completed forms and payment.

Winter Training Program Is Underway - Starting in January 2013
We will begin our winter speed and conditioning training group on Monday January 7th, 2013 at Interlake HS Track in Bellevue WA.  The sessions will be on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30pm to 8:00pm.

This 6-week session is open to athletes (born 2002 or earlier) looking to gain speed and strength during the winter season, and/or get ready for the spring and summer track season. Participants will benefit from sprint technique and speed mechanics work as well as strength and conditioning training.  Athletes will get a training benchmark, which includes an official automatically timed sprint over 40 yards and will track their progress over the 6 week session.

The Winter Training Schedule has been posted. 

Please review and download your registration form. Please print and bring your completed registration form and payment to the first session on Monday 1/7/13.

Congrats to our JO Nationals Racers: Ups and Downs on the XC Nationals Course for Speed Unlimited in Albuquerque
Last Saturday 10 of our Speed Unlimited Runners competed at the National USATF Junior Olympic Cross Country meet in Albuquerque New Mexico at the famous Ballon Fiesta Park.  The host Association did a great job of personalizing the event.  The kids enjoyed watching hot air balloons launched and they even used one to raise the flag.  It was warm and sunny all day for our athletes.  Temperatures varied from about 50 degrees at the start of the day to low 60s for the youth girls, our team's last race of the day.  Our athletes faced the challenge of running at over 5,000 feet of altitude (thinner air, less oxygen) with great resolve and strength.  Most of the races featured well over 200 competitors with Regional champions from 16 regions on the line each time.  JO Nationals is truly a chance for the athletes to test themselves against the very best runners and athletes in the country.  We are very proud of each of them.


We can't say enough how proud we are of each and every one of our runners this season.


NEW: Congrats to our JO Nationals-bound XC racers
Cheer on 10 of our XC runners as they head to Albuquerque NM to compete in the Junior Olympic Cross Country National Championships on Saturday December 8.
Read more on our Speed Unlimited News Blog.

Check out mention of two of our girls (Faith and Sophie) on the USATF news site:
http://www.usatf.org/News/Young-stars-to-race-at-USATF-Junior-Olympic-Cross-.aspx

Good luck this weekend to our entire JO XC Team!

Go Speed U!

Fall 2012 Junior Olympic Cross Country Circuit - Regional Championship: November 18, 2012
Congratulations go out to all of our Speed U runners for a great meet this past weekend.  We are very proud of everyone.


Congratulations to all of our National Qualifiers: Faith, Kate, Brian, Elian, Meissa, Aliya, Callan, Sophie, Hannah and Bridgette. 

Fall 2012 Junior Olympic Cross Country Circuit - Association Championship: November 11, 2012
Congratulations to all of our Speed Unlimited XC runners for their great efforts yesterday at the PNA Association Championship meet.  The weather cooperated with warmer than expected temperatures and no rain.  Our athletes were consistently strong and showed improvement in their races.  In very large and competitive races Speed Unlimited managed to advance almost all of our athletes to the next level of competition.  We are very proud of everyone.


 ATTENTION SCHOOL TEAM CROSS COUNTRY ATHLETES:  Speed Unlimited runs a fall cross country program for high schoolers and middle school athletes (once the school season is over) that can include the competitive Junior Olympic circuit which culminates with Nationals in early December for Competitive Cross Country Runners.  This is a great chance to improve on your seasonal best and compete on a national level with age group peers!  For athletes that want to transition to pre-season track training this is also a good time to join the Speed and Conditioning group.  Registration for the fall season will close on Monday November 5, 2012 (This is the Monday after the High School State Meet)

Send email to info@speedunlimited.us if you are interested in joining us for November/December.
Cross Country & Fall Training Begins Monday August 20
Our Fall Cross Country team will feature 2 training groups.  Group 1 is a Competitive Racing Group that will train and compete in the fall USATF XC Developmental and Junior Olympic circuit which starts in November and culminates with the JO XC Nationals in Albuquerque NM in December.  These runners will race the 2K, 3K, 4K and 5K depending on their age group. 

Group 2 is a Fall Speed & Conditioning Group.  This group will be for our sprinters and field event specialists and/or our athletes with another competitive fall sport. Participants will benefit from sprint technique and speed mechanics as well as strength work. 

Both groups will find that they are stronger at the start of the 2013 spring & summer track season. A reminder to parents and athletes: while we often set goals for a particular season it is important to remember that athlete development takes place over years.  Perseverance and dedication are keys to success in sport and more importantly in life. More information on the start of the season will be made available soon. We look forward to working with many of the kids during the fall season and again next spring.

Summary: Congratulations to our 2012 Junior Olympic Nationals Competitors - August 2012
Congratulations to our 29 Speed Unlimited athletes who competed on the track and field in Baltimore at the Junior Olympic National Championships. Our Athletes participated in a wide range of events both on the track  (100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 3000m, 4x100 Relay, 4x400 Relay, and 4x800 Relay) and field (Discus, Shot Put, Turbo Jav, High Jump and Long jump).  The overall progress and achievement of these young and dedicated athletes makes the week an overwhelming success and we are extremely proud of each and everyone of them.  In the end Speed U heads back home to the west coast with:

4 Top 8 National medals

2 Top 10 national finishers

8 Top 20 national finishers


Congratulations to our athletes! We will take a few weeks off for our athletes to rest and recover.


2012 Junior Olympic Nationals Baltimore Maryland Journal
We arrived on Monday to find the stadium already baking in the sun with temps in the 90's. The turns were a bit tight, the straightaways long, and the track (mondo surface) fast. We could tell as a few athletes did tune-up workouts on the first and last day of 'open track'

Day 1 - Wednesday 7/25/12 [104°F]

The 2012 National Junior Olympic meet began officially on Monday 7/23. But our Speed Unlimited athletes took to the track in force this Wed morning.

 

Mark M. led off as the first competitor from our team in the youth boys 200m hurdles.  Mark raced in a blistering heat with a new PR of 29.51.

 

Branden fought some opening night stage fright in the sub bantam boys 100, running about 1 second off his best time.  Leah followed in the Midget Girls category running near her personal best and taking 2nd place in her hotly contested heat to qualify for the semi-final round on Friday. 

 

Aiyana opened up our field competition in the Shot Put.  She threw off her personal best in her first appearance at the Junior Olympic Nationals but will be back in the discus on Saturday.

 

With a record number of athletes (8,000) entered in the Junior Olympics this year, the meet began to run behind.  By the time Kate took to the track in the Bantam Girls 800 they were a full 2 hours behind the published schedule.  Kate looked a bit nervous in her National debut but ran strong finishing 3rd in her heat but missing the semi-final.  By the time Meissa and Aliya ran in the Midget Girl category it had been hours (6) without eating and in the sun (4) waiting. Both girls suffered from the delay and the conditions.  Callan ran in the Midget boys group first.  Sophie lead the way her entire race and advancing to the final which will run on Saturday. Sydney and Elena also suffered from the heat and delay both running times off their best in the Intermediate girls category.  Gaby wrapped up the 800m races for Speed Unlimited by finishing his season with a new personal best of 2:02.18 for 18th place.

 

By the time the 200m races began the meet was a full 3.5 hours behind schedule.  It was a struggle to manage food and water as athletes were still required to check in per the published schedule but would be required to stay in the clerking area for up to 2.5 hours before racing.  Amazingly, Branden (Sub Bantam Boy), Leah (Midget Girl), Landon (Midget Boy) and Sophie (Intermediate Girl) all ran close to their personal best but still missed advancing to the semi-final.  The athletes finally made it back to the hotel at or just after 9pm.  Action continued on the track in other events until 10pm.

 

Day 2: Thursday 7/26/12 [103°F]

Forecasted to be the hottest day this week, the athletes got off to an early start today for Speed Unlimited.  Our Midget Boys 4x800 set a new PR of 11:28.03. 

 

Alexis was next on the track in the Intermediate girls 1500. She ran close to her personal best and was happy to find that the 4x400m prelim had been rescheduled from this afternoon to tomorrow (thanks to schedule input from coach Anthony to the USATF National committee), allowing her more time to rest and recover.

 

The 400m prelims saw both Leah (Midget Girl) and Sophie (Intermediate Girl) run close to their personal best (with Sophie dipping under 60 seconds for the third time this season). Both girls were in super stiff national classes and neither girl advanced to the semi-final.

 

While the 400s where heating up the track, Landon and Ruben were out in the field competing in the Turbo Jav.  Both returning JO nationals veterans in this event, hopes were high for good performances this year. Neither boy was able to put together their best throw. Since the action on the track had fallen way behind our Speed U fans had plenty of time to get back out to the stands and watch Sophie (Youth Girl) in her 1500m prelims.

 

In addition to rescheduling the 4x400 preliminary round to Friday the meet directors also decided to move the 4x100 to start 2 hours later than initially scheduled.  This was good news for our midget boys 4x1 team that included Landon and Ruben and had originally conflicted with their Jav time slot.  To their credit, the boys left their disappointment on the field and met up with their 4x1 teammates Hayden and Tyler to prepare for the relay. Both the Midget Boys 4x1 and Youth boys’ 4x1 (Christoph, Alex, Jackson and Nick) were in the field house on campus avoiding the heat. 

 

The 4x1 teams took to the track to end the day well for Speed Unlimited.  The Midget Boys finished 4th in their heat with a new team best of 53.32.  The youth boys finished 6th in their heat with good execution on their hand offs.

 

Day 3 – Friday 7/27/12 [96°F]

Speed U took to the field early this morning with Christoph in the Youth Boys long jump and Faith in the Midget Girls Shot Put.  Faith faced stiff competition and finished 23rd with a throw off her personal best.  Christoph set a new PR of 5.67 to finish in 10th place missing the final and All-American honors by just 4 inches.

 

Leah returned for her Midget Girl 100m semi-final.  She tied her all time best for 4th place in her heat and a 17th place finish. 

 

Sophie (Intermediate girl) took to the High Jump after lunch and jumped slightly off her personal best, despite a sore lower back.

 

We wrapped up today’s competition with the Intermediate girls 4x400 team of Elena, Sydney, Alexis and Sophie.  The team raced in the first and fastest heat of the day finishing in 6th place.  The girls blew away their previous best (by 7 seconds) and set a new PR of  4:13.39!


Day 4 - Saturday 7/28/12 [97°F]

 

Today was a banner day for Speed U at the Junior Olympic meet.  Aiyana started us off with the discus. While not finishing with her best throws, Aiyana did a great job breaking down assessing her own performance during the competition and assessing how to improve for next year. 

 

Next on the track was Kat in the 3000m. Kat ran a heartfelt race finishing 8th in her heat but with a final overall placement of 9th.  Alexis fell and was spiked at the start of her IG 3K.  The officials called the race back for a restart.  She ran a composed and strong race, winning her heat and finishing 20th over all.

 

Sophie was the last runner on the track today.  In 8th place with 200 to go, Sophie drove home in a feverish finish that had the announcer on his feet and Sophie crossing the line in 2nd, barely missing the win by 0.14 with a new PR of 2:13.03!

 

When action on the track ended for Speed U our focus moved to Brandon in the SBB Long Jump.  Brandon scratched his first jump and then came back in the last jump of the prelims to make the final with a jump of 3.5m.  In a competition where the age-group national record was provisionally broken 3 times, Brandon set a new PR of 3.72m for 6th place.

 

Tonight we rest, enjoy the grill at the hotel and look forward to seeing 1500m finals and one longer jumper tomorrow the last day of the meet. 


 

Day 5 - Sunday 7/29/12 [96°F]

The final day of competition of the 2012 was the coolest this week and a good one for Speed U.  Hannah began the morning in the Bantam girls long jump.  She flew off the board on her first jump to a new PR of 4.0m which would be her best of the day and put her in a position to take home the 6th place medal. Ironically the same medal her brother took home in the long jump on Saturday.

 

Our 1500m runners took to the track while Hannah was still jumping.  Kate (BG) was the first.  She finished 13th overall with a time near to her personal best.  Meissa and Aliya competed next in the Midget girl category. The girls ran times off there personal best in their competitive heats to finish off the 2012 season.

 

Sophie (Youth Girl) was our last competitor of the meet.  She took to the track in a fast youth girls 1500m final. Sophie ran with the pack early, led them for most of the race and then pulled away on the 3rd lap to bring home a 3rd place medal.

 

Over the course of the week we saw 29 of our Speed Unlimited athletes compete on the track and field in Baltimore. We participated in a wide range of events both on the track  (100, 200, 400, 800, 1500, 3000, 4x100, 4x400, and 4x800) and field (Discus, Shot Put, Jav, High Jump and Long jump).  While not every athlete leaves with a medal, the overall progress and achievement of these young and dedicated athletes makes the week an overwhelming success.  In the end Speed U heads back home to the west coast with:

 

4 medals-top 8

 

2 Top 10 finishers

 

8 Top 20 finishers

 

We will take a few weeks off for our athletes to rest and recover.

 

Fall Cross-country and Speed Conditioning training begins August 20th.  See you all then.


Congratulations to our Track City International Classic Competitors
A number of our athletes traveled to Eugene ("Track Town USA") this past weekend to compete at Hayward Field at the University of Oregon, the site of the 2012 Olympic Trials.  It was a great experience for the kids to compete at the same facility that has hosted some of the great track athletes of all time.  The Track City meet featured athletes from as far away as Southern California and Montana as well as a few teams from Canada. Many new PR's were set and team records broken on the fast track in Eugene.  For some of our athlete's Track City was their last meet and was a fun way end to their season. For others, Track City was a great way to sharpen up and prepare for competition in Baltimore. 

Congratulations to our Junior Olympic Nationals Qualifiers!
Congratulations to our 29 athletes (in 33 individual events plus 4 relay teams) who qualified to participate in the Junior Olympic Nationals Championship meet at
Morgan State University in Baltimore MD at the end of July.  Stay tuned and come back soon for more news. Cheers!


Congratulations to our Junior Olympic Regionals Qualifiers!
Congratulations to our 43 athletes (40 in 114 individual events plus 3 relay teams) who qualified to participate at the Junior Olympic Regionals Championship meet in Bend OR the weekend of
Saturday July 7th, and Sunday July 8th! They will compete against a competitive field for a chance to qualify to advance to the Junior Olympics Nationals which will be held in Morgan State University in Baltimore MD at the end of July. Stay tuned and come back soon for more news.


Speed Unlimited Youth Track Club Recognized as one of 23 clubs nationally for athletic excellence with USATF Foundation Grant
Speed Unlimited Youth Track Club was recognized this fall as one of 23 top clubs in the nation for athletic excellence with a USATF Foundation Grant
. This grant from the USATF Foundation is awarded to youth sports clubs that have demonstrated excellence in the sport of track and field. The grant will allow Speed Unlimited to provide additional competitive opportunities for our youth athletes and to enhance the experience for all participants. "We are wowed and humbled to be recognized with this award for the 2nd year in a row" said Anthony Joseph, Head Track & Field Coach. "This recognition, endorsement and assistance from the USATF Foundation is allows us to support our athletes in need traveling to the Junior Olympic National meets" This USATF grant will help the club to support it's JO Nationals travel scholarship program. "We are committed to equal access and this grant will allow us to achieve a core and important part of our mission - making the sport and achievement at high levels accessible to as many athletes as we can support."

ATTENTION SCHOOL TEAM TRACK & FIELD ATHLETES:  Summer Track Season Registration is Now Closed
Are you running spring track with your High School or Middle School program and want to continue training and improving with this summer?  Speed Unlimited runs a summer track program for high schoolers and middle school athletes (once the school season is over) that includes the competitive summer Junior Olympic circuit which culminates with Nationals at the end of July.  This is a great chance to improve on your seasonal best and compete on a national level with age group peers!  Please see
our registration page for more details including our club handbook with lot of information and review the Spring/Summer Training Schedule. Registration closes for HS athletes on June 20th, 2012.

The 2012 Spring Track and Field Season Begins Monday March 12th
O
ur Spring Track and Field Season will begin Monday March 12th at Islander Middle School (IMS) on Mercer Island, WA at 6:30pm.  Practice sessions will be held on Monday/Wednesday typically between 6:30pm and 8pm during the months March thru end of July. 

The 2012 Spring/Summer Track Season training schedule has been posted. Please see our registration page for more details including our club handbook with lot of information and review the Spring/Summer Training Schedule.

Please note, if you are new to Speed Unlimited this spring season, we ask that you plan to attend our New Athlete Orientation and Pre-Season Training session on March 10th.  This will be an opportunity for new athletes to come and learn the warmup routine, meet the coaches and generally feel better prepared for the first official training session on Monday March 12th.  Coaches will focus on helping our new members learn the drills, and understand the basic workout expectations.  This session will be held at Newport High School Stadium from 1:00-2:30pm.  The New Athlete Orientation Training Session is Mandatory for athletes new to Speed U.  Please RSVP to info@speedunlimited.us.

Send email to info@speedunlimited.us if you have any questions that are not covered in the handbook or to learn more about our program.

Winter Training Program is Underway
We began our winter speed and conditioning training groups on Monday January 9th, 2012 at Newport HS Track in Bellevue WA. 

This 6-week session is open to athletes (born 2001 or prior) looking to gain speed and strength during the winter season, and/or get ready for the spring track season. Participants will benefit from sprint technique and speed mechanics work as well as strength and conditioning training.  Athletes will get a training benchmark, which includes an official automatically timed sprint over 40 yards and will track their progress over the 6 week session.

Please review the Winter Training Schedule.

Speed Unlimited Competes at the Junior Olympic XC Nationals Championships in Myrtle Beach SC
Congratulations to all of our runners. We're super proud of the entire team and super pleased with the results! Super cool to see them perform so well at the biggest meet of the year, the Junior Olympic XC Nationals Championship in Myrtle Beach SC this past weekend (December 10th)!

Sub-Bantam Boy 2k:


Bantam Boys 3k: 7th Place Team Finish in the nation


Midget Girls 3k: 5th Place Team Finish in the nation


Youth Girls 4k: (Combined with Whatcom for 9th place team in the nation)

Intermediate Boys 5k:

Congrats again to the team on some great performances! See all results here: http://www.usatf.org/events/2011/USATFJuniorOlympicXCChampionships/results/index.asp


Speed Unlimited Youth Track Club Recognized as one of 19 clubs nationally for athletic excellence with USATF Foundation Grant
Speed Unlimited Youth Track Club was recognized this fall as one of 19 top clubs in the nation for athletic excellence with a USATF Foundation Grant
. This grant from the USATF Foundation is awarded to youth sports clubs that have demonstrated excellence in the sport of track and field. The grant will allow Speed Unlimited to provide additional competitive opportunities for our youth athletes and to enhance the experience for all participants. "I'm super pleased with the progress our club, athletes, coaches and parents have made in our initial 2 years of operation," said Anthony Joseph, Head Track & Field Coach. "This recognition, endorsement and assistance from the USATF Foundation is a tremendous, pleasant surprise and extremely encouraging for the continued development of our club's athletes." This is the 2nd USATF grant Speed Unlimited has earned this year, and will help the club to support it's JO Nationals travel scholarship program. "We are committed to equal access and this grant will allow us to achieve a core and important part of our mission - making the sport and achievement at high levels accessible to as many athletes as we can support."

Winter Training Program Will Be Held Again - Starting in January 2012
We will begin our winter speed and conditioning training group on Monday January 9th, 2012 at Newport HS Track in Bellevue WA.  These sessions will be on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6pm to 7:30pm.


This 6-week session is open to athletes (born 2001 or before) looking to gain speed and strength during the winter season, and/or get ready for the spring track season. Participants will benefit from sprint technique and speed mechanics work as well as strength and conditioning training.  Athletes will get a training benchmark, which includes an official automatically timed sprint over 40 yards and will track their progress over the 6 week session.

Please review the Winter Training Schedule, or contact us to get more information.

The 2012 Spring Track and Field Season Commeth. . .
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ur Spring Track and Field Season will begin Monday March 12th. Send an email to info@speedunlimited.us to sign-up to be notified with more information as we get closer to the start dates.

Fall 2011 Junior Olympic Cross Country Circuit - Regional Championship
Congratulations to ALL of our Speed Unlimited competitive XC runners!  On 11/19/11 we saw 20 of our 23 runners wearing our SU green tops and 2 of our youth girls run under the Snohomish and Whatcom/Tesseract banners respectively take to the course at Woodland Park. Congrats to these athletes that have qualified to advance to the Nationals meet next in in Myrtle Beach, SC on Saturday December 10th.


A. Bram started us off in the Sub Bantam Boys race with a 13 second PR and a seventh place finish.

B. Our Bantam Boys followed in force with an incredible group effort. The boys won the team championship by the slimmest of margins, 1 point!
C. Our Midget Girls literally ran away with the team title.  They won the team competition by 31 points!
D. Our Midget Boys Ruben, Calvin and Caden ran in the most competitive field of the day as a team with Snohomish.  One of the Snohomish boys broke his hand late last week and was unable to race this weekend. They each ran strong races but the team could not overcome the loss of a key runner.  We are very proud of the boys efforts this season.

E. Our Youth Girls Elle and Elena ran strong races matching or just beating their times from last week to help pull Whatcom Tesseract to a 2nd place team finish. 

F. Our Intermediate Boys Brendan, Gaby, Nick Om and Shay from Federal Way put together a 2nd place team finish.  Brendan and Gaby both finished in the top 20 (17th and 20th).

Fall 2011 Junior Olympic Cross Country Circuit - Association Championship
Congratulations to ALL of our Speed Unlimited competitive XC runners!  On 11/07/11 we saw 23 of our runners wearing our SU green tops and another 3 of our midget boys and 2 of our youth girls run under the Snohomish and Whatcom/Tesseract banners respectively take to the course at Woodland Park. Every single one of our athletes qualified to advance to the regional meet next Saturday 11/19/11.

Conditions today were less than ideal with lots of mud from the overnight rains and worsening conditions as the course got trampled on by the younger races.  It was not a day for big PR's.  We still saw a number of great races and some personal records set, and coaches were EXTREMELY proud of the team's accomplishments today. Big congratulations to:

Congrats again team on an awesome weekend of competition!  Our next race is the Region 13 Championship on Saturday 11/19 back at Woodland Park.


Fall 2011 Junior Olympic Cross Country Rounds of Competition Set To Begin
Junior Olympic registrations close on Wed 11/9.  If you are running at the high school state meet and intend to join us for the JO season please e-mail info@speedunlimited.us.  In order to process new memberships in time to register for the meet we need to hear from you by the end of day on Monday 11/7.  A reminder that the XC season begins with the first Junior Olympic XC race round on Saturday November 12th, and ends at the Junior Olympic (JO) Nationals in Myrtle Beach, SC on Saturday December 10th.


We're not in Kansas Anymore! Congratulations to
our Junior Olympic Nationals Participants
We arrived to find the stadium already baking in the sun with temps above 100 degrees. The turns were a bit tight, the straightaways long, with the final straight bathed by a steady 10mph wind with gusts up to 15mph.

Everyday our athletes endured conditions that warranted a "heat advisory." Wichita recorded a record 31 day in a row over 100!! While not perfect, the meet officials did a good job of providing plenty of water in the check-in and hipping areas.  The athletes report that "Texas Mary" (a well know national official) was diligently checking to see that every athlete in the hipping tent had drinking water.  The hipping tent was well cooled with fans, and runners were lightly sprinkled with water as they rounded the turn toward the finishing straight.  Each runner was given a cooling towel at the end of their race.  Our hats are off to them on a job well done.  Well actually, we are all keeping our hats on to prevent sunburn!  :-)  Carla, our resident dermatologist/mom, wouldn't have it any other way.

Day 1: Thursday 7/28/11 (107°F, 51%H)
SU started competing on Thursday at 8am with Landon and Ruben in the JAV. They finished 23rd (Landon) and 24th (Ruben) both with throws off their personal bests.

Also at 8am, Alanna was busy at the Long Jump pit.  She finished the competition in 27th

The team returned after lunch to the 800m preliminaries.

Callan Hercules started off the team with a great PR. He ran 2:46.75 for 22nd place in his first nationals track meet.  Aliya endured the heat and finished 27th in a time of 2:45.70.  Sophie won her heat to advance to the final. Jackson finished 32nd in his first nationals track meet.  Freddie finished 27th overall running a gutsy race. Elena appeared sluggish after 2 weeks of travel and couldn't find the same magical finish she delighted us with at Regionals.  She finished 43rd overall.  Gaby ran a gutsy race after the 2 weeks off from training and finished 27th in a time of 2:07.52, about 1 second off his PR.

The bantam boys (Elian, Aidan, Tyler and Callan) competed next in the 4x400m relay and ran in a fast heat finishing 4th in a time of 5:06.23.  They earned a 15th place finish overall. Our midget girls (Leah, Aliya, Kimia and Sophie) finished 27th overall in their 4x400m relay.  Midget Boys (Landon, Ruben, Jackson and Freddie) suffered from the heat (all four boys had spent time out in the sun earlier competing in either the Jav or the 800), but managed to finish 18th overall.  Despite the conditions all 3 teams were able to improve on their seed ranking.  At the end of the day Coach Anthony commented to a number of parents and athletes - that while the result was not what we had hoped for, the 109 degree conditions were tough for our Pacific NW athletes, and the effort was clearly there.  We are very proud of all of our athletes for their drive.

Day 2: Friday 7/29/11
(103°F, 69%H)
Friday brought more weather issues (including a thunderstorm).  Leah and Logan both ran their 100m prelim before the heat of the day got to it's peak. Leah finished 35th overall in her first national meet.  Logan finished 42nd overall in a very competitive YB field.

Bram raced in the 400m prelims.  He finished 35th overall.

Alanna competed in the triple jump and tied on distance for 5th and won the judgment. She jumped 11.83m to bring home SU's first medal of the 2011 JO meet. After the awards ceremony the 1st place finisher's jump distance was adjusted.  This correction meant that she was in fact 7th. Moving Alanna into the 4th place position.

Day 3: Saturday 7/30/11
(101°F, 85%H)
Saturday brought more excitement as Kat ran a technically sound and smart 3K. She set a new PR of 10:50.73 and earned a 4th place medal for SU.

Sophie finished out the days competition with a tough 800m final.  The girls ran very tightly packed for the first 500m and then the top 2 ran away with it.  Sophie had a strong finish for the 3rd place spot and the 3rd medal of the meet for SU.

Day 4: Sunday 7/31/11
(104°F, 79%H)
Tyler competed in the long jump and  finished 20th overall in his first nationals meet.

The day ended with Kat in the second heat of the 1500 and Sophie in the 3rd heat. Kat ran a gutsy race, fighting through the heat to surge late in the race and finish 4th in her heat and 18th overall.  Sophie ran in a tightly packed seeded heat.  She finished in 2nd place for the silver medal.

At the end of a busy, hot week of competition Speed Unlimited's 18 athletes claimed 1 second place (Sophie 1500), 1 third place (Sophie 800) and 2 fourth place (Alanna Triple Jump, Kat 3000) medals.  We had 2 top 20 individual finishers (Tyler Long Jump , Kat 1500) and 2 top 20 relay teams (BB 4x400 and MB 4x400).

Great job to all of our SU athletes! We look forward to seeing you out at Cross Country/Speed Conditioning this fall.  We will continue to train on M/W starting on Aug 22.

Congratulations to our Junior Olympic Nationals Qualifiers!
This weekend 21 of our athletes traveled to Spokane to compete in 36 individual events and on 3 relay teams at the Junior Olympic Regional meet.  After 2 long days of competition, the group achieved 21 individual PR's and all 3 relay teams set new team records. Of the 21 atheletes who traveled to Spokane WA to compete, 18 of them qualified to compete in the Junior Olympic Nationals meet which will be held in Witchita Kansas, during the week of July 26th to July 31st.  

Additional congratulations goes to our 5 individual Regional champions, and relay team Regional champions.

We are very proud of all of you!

Speed Unlimited Youth Track Club Recognized as one of 14 clubs nationally for athletic exellence with USATF Mark Stanger Grant
Speed Unlimited Youth Track Club Recognized as one of 14 clubs nationally for athletic exellence with USATF Mark Stanger Grant. This grant from USATF foundation is awarded to youth sports clubs that have demonstrated excellence in the sport of track and field, and have a commitment to community development.  "We are excited to be a recipient of the USATF Mark Stanger Grant" said Anthony Joseph, Head Track & Field Coach. "We are committed to equal access and this grant will allow us to achieve a core and important part of our mission - making the sport and achievement at high levels accessible to those that do not have means to participate."


Congratulations to our Junior Olympic Regionals Qualifiers!
Congratulations to our 24 athletes who qualified in 27 individual and relay events to participate at the Junior Olympic regionals championships in Spokane WA the weekend of Sat & Sun July 10 & 11th!
They will compete against a competitve field for a chance to qualify to advance to the Junior Olympics Nationals whiich will be held in Witchita Kansas at the end of July.

Congrats World Youth Trials Qualifier!
Congratulations to Alanna C. who qualifed for the World Youth USA Track and Field Trials to be held in Myrtle Beach SC in June. Alanna will have a chance to compete for a spot on the IAAF USA World Youth Team which will compete in
in Lille, France at the 7th IAAF World Youth Championships.

Spring / Summer 2011 Track and Field Season Is Here!
Our Spring Track and Field Season has begun. If you are interested in joining us for the spring summer session, please email info@speedunlimited.us or visit our registration page to download a membership registration form and read more about the requirements.  Please bring your completed and signed registration forms to practice if you'd like to join.

Please review the 2011 Spring/Summer Training Schedule.

Summer 2011 Track Season Begins
If you have been running spring track with your high school or middle school program and want to continue your running season, consider joining Speed Unlimited for the summer track months.  Summer track season includes the competitive summer Junior Olympic circuit and runs through the end of July.  This is a great chance to improve on your seasonal best and compete on a national level with age group peers!  Take a look at our
registration page and contact info@speedunlimited.us about registration for the summer season.

March 2011: Winter 2011 Speed Training Program Recap
Our Winter Training Session ended this week.  If you missed out, be sure to ask one of the participating athletes what their automatically timed 40yd result was and/or who ended the season as the champion of the Golden Cone Challenge.  The athletes had a great time while building strength, speed and technical skills.


January 2011: Winter Training Program Begins
We will begin our winter speed and conditioning training group at 6:30pm on Monday January 10th, 2011 at Newport HS Track in Bellevue WA.

This 6-week session is open to athletes looking to gain speed and strength during the winter season, and/or get ready for the spring track season. Participants will benefit from sprint technique and speed mechanics as well as strength and conditioning work.

Please review the Winter Training Schedule

If you are interested in joining our winter speed & strength conditioning training group, please email info@speedunlimited.us or visit our registration page to download a membership registration form for the winter training session.

December 2010: Fall Cross Country Wrap Up
Congratulations to our Fall Cross Country (XC) athletes (Bram S, Elian J, Aidan C, Ruben J, Callen H, Aliya S, and Sophie C) who competed at the Junior Olympic XC Nationals in Birmingham AL in December. Big cheers to Aliya S, and Sophie C, who earned All-American status with their 13th place in the Bantam Girls 3k race and 7th place in the Midget Girls 3k race respectively. Go SpeedU!

We will offer a winter speed and conditioning training group starting in January. This 6-week session is open to athletes looking to gain speed and strength during the winter season, and/or get ready for the spring track season. Participants will benefit from sprint technique and speed mechanics as well as strength and conditioning work.

September 2010: Fall Cross Country Season Begins
Our Fall Cross Country (XC) training season has begun. The competitive XC racing season begins in late September and will include distances at 2k, 3k, 4k, and 5k. The XC season culminates with the Junior Olympic meets circuit which begins in November and ends at the Junior Olympic Nationals in Birmingham AL in December.

This fall, we are introducing a Speed and Strength Conditioning training group. This will be an option for sprinters and/or athletes looking to gain speed and strength during the fall season. Participants will benefit from sprint technique and speed mechanics as well as strength and conditioning work.

We practice at Robinswood Park in Bellevue WA from 6pm -7:30pm. Park in the Robinswood House parking lot off 148th Ave and SE 24th St and meet in the grassy area east of the Robinswood House and Cabana.  The XC and Speed/Strength groups will meet at the same time/location. Please review the Fall Training and Meet Schedule and go to the registration page to download the registration form. Fill it out and bring it to the first practice along with your payment.

Summer 2010:

August 2nd 2010: Yesterday was the final day of competition for the 2010 USATF National Junior Olympic Track and Field meet.  Sophie finished off competition for Speed Unlimited in the 1500m.  The race got off to a fast start with one runner falling and the officials calling back the entire field.  After giving the fallen competitor time to collect herself.  The second start  was a bit more conservative. Sophie was in great position and made a move on the back stretch only to be tripped and fall herself about 500m into the race!  Amazingly Sophie was quickly back on her feet and still finished 5th overall in a time of 5:01.43. 

Congratulations to all of our athletes on a great meet!  We look forward to seeing everyone in a few weeks for the fall season.

July 31st 2010: Friday was the hottest day at in Sacramento.  Competition for Speed Unlimited athletes featured Alanna in the Triple Jump and Ruben and Eric in the 400,.

Ruben ran a very determined race finishing in 1:09.84.  Shortly there after Eric ran a consistent 54.63.

Alanna wrapped up the day for our athletes in the Triple Jump.  She finished 12th overall with a jump of 10.94m only 0.05m off of the final.

Later today we will head back to the track to watch the 800m finals.

July 27th, 2010: Today marks the 3rd day of competition at the JO National meet but the first day for our Speed Unlimited Athletes.  We thought those of you that were not able to travel to  CA to watch the kids would enjoy hearing about their achievements.

Our day began with the 800m preliminary heats featuring Sophie, Freddy, Katia and Eric.  Sophie got the team off to a great start finishing 2nd in her heat at 2:27.42.  That was enough to qualify for the final and we all know Sophie can run even faster on Saturday!

Freddy and Katia made us all proud running strong races and consistent times of 2:28.28 and 2:25.93 respectively.  Freddy finished 17th in the overall standings and Katia finished 24th.  Both of these athletes will be back next year in the same age group.  We can't wait to see what they do next summer.

Eric wrapped up our 800m competition by finishing 2nd in his heat in a time of 2:04.56 to match to the 100th of a second his Regional winning run time.  Eric will also advance to the 800m final on Saturday afternoon.

After the 800m we watched both Landon and Ruben prepare for their Turbo Jav competition.  Landon was unable to find his speed and throw rhythm and despite his best effort did not match his Regional best throw finishing 17th overall.

Tomorrow we look forward to seeing Eric and Ruben compete in the 400m preliminary run and Alanna in the triple jump.

February 23rd, 2010:  We are pleased to announce the formation of a new youth track and field club in Bellevue WA, named Speed Unlimited. We are affiliated with and sanctioned by the USA Track & Field (USATF) organization - the national governing body for track and field and road & off-road running.  Speed Unlimited is a not-for-profit organization operated by our governing board, club members, coaches and volunteers.

We have begun practices for the 2010 Spring Track & Field Season, but there is still time to come down and check us out before the season takes off. You can view a glimpse of our schedule for the season, which is still under development.

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