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The handoff Texas Track & Field Coaches Association

February 7, 2011

Volume 1, Issue 2

I n d o o r S e a s o n — S i g n i n g D ay collegians, including Bryce Lamb (TX Tech), Patrick McGregor (UT), Errol Nolan (Houston), Jessica Beard (A&M) and Gerald Phiri (A&M). On 1/28/11, Marquise Goodwin (UT, Soph) shattered a 25-year-old school record with nation-leading 2608.50 long jump. As for the high schoolers, Aldrich Bailey (Mansfield Timberview) leads the nation in the 400 (48.07); Kenneth Minkah (DeSoto) leads in the 60 hurdles (7.84), Devin Field (Lancaster) leads in the long jump (24-03.75), and Jennifer Madu (Plano East) leads in the 60 dash at 7.45. Other HS Performances of Note:

Do you need to lease an FAT system? Contact Barbara Crousen at McMurry University 325-793-4646 or bcrousen@mcm. edu

Hayden Reed, Shot Put, 61-08.50 Reese Watson, PV, 16-06.00 Devante Davis, TJ, 49-04.25 Jermaine Authorlee, 200, 21.60 Jake Hervey, 3000, 9:07.62 Samantha Taylor, Shot Put, 44-00.50 Shade Weygandt’s launch to 14-05.25 at the Texas Tech Invitational January 22, 2011 (Photo courtesy TX Tech)

Shade Weygandt not only qualified for the NCAAs, but she also registered the highest mark by an “American female under the age of 20.” Fabulous marks and times have been recorded by many Texas

Kaitlin Petrillose, PV, 13-00.00 Taylor Houston, 200, 24.69


Katie Ruhala, 3000, 10:29.50 Kayla Savoie, 60H, 8.76

TTFCA Mission Statement The Texas Track & Field Coaches Association exists to promote the sports of track & field in the state of Texas by developing and enhancing lines of communication

with all governing bodies at the local, state and national levels. Thus, the purposes of this association are: 1.

To study and initiate proposed rules changes and make recommendations to the appropriate organizations;


To provide educational avenues for coaches, officials, and athletes via published materials and the annual clinic;


To recognize studentathletes and coaches through an awards and [cont’d on page 5]

Texas A&M’s Beard, Mayo and Tarmoh on Women’s Bowerman Watch List

Chrishuna Williams, 400, 55.45

A&M, Tech, UT, and Baylor ranked in Top 25 Men’s & Women’s Indoor

February 5, DeSoto’s Kenneth Minkah competes in Osaka, Japan as part of a US Jr. Invitational team— Japan, US & Germany in 60M, 60H and LJ

From the President Last month USA Today published an article looking back on 2010, declaring it to be The Year Technology Replaced Talking. In many ways, the increased use and popularity of social networking, texting, web-browsing, constantly checking email, and smart phones has made technology the center of our attention. Others have taken it another step saying 2010 was the year we stopped talking to each other. Fortunately for track & field coaches and athletes, these claims of impersonal contact and negative effects of technology could not be farther from the truth. Personal interaction and direct communication are inherent in the ways we work together to excel on the track and in the field of play. But that is not to say we do not know good technology when we see it; in fact, technology has only improved the way we teach, practice and compete. Remember the days before all-weather tracks, fully automatic timing systems, meet management software, aluminum hurdles, or carbon-fiber vaulting poles? New ideas and technology have benefited us in many ways and will continue to do so. TTFCA is at the forefront of this, helping with education, resources and innovation in new ways to promote and develop our sport. We are bringing coaches together throughout the state of Texas.

See you on the track! Mike Sheaner

Pole Vault Tip of the Month—Bruce Caldwell, XLogic Sports / ESSX Poles How to Move to a Stiffer Pole  Moving to a stiffer pole rather than a longer one is based on where you are! I only suggest that you move to a longer pole after you have exhausted the shorter pole stiffness by 15-20lbs and have jumped over the hand hold of your grip. Then moving to a longer pole keeps you on one stiffer than your weight! When to move to a stiffer pole: If you are on a pole rated at or 10lbs over your weight  You are jumping at or over your grip by 6-12 inches  Making the jump to a longer pole may be tough! Especially if you do not have the luxury of having poles 2.2 lbs or 4.4 lbs apart. In this case, a good trick for moving up to stiffer sticks is as follows: You pr’ed on the stick you are on now and if you move your grip down 1 fist and take about 3-5 jumps at this grip, the pole will feel stiffer.  Then move to the stiffer pole by at least 2.2 to 6.6 lbs and return to the original grip or slightly higher, it should be easier to mange. What you are doing is experiencing a stiffer pole with the lower grip on the pole that you are use too and the transition feels very similar when you make the move! Check out Magnus Von Jomyr of Sweden, a vaulter who moved to a stiffer pole rather than a longer one and jumped with better form and higher! 4.35m: 4.5om: Keep flying high!

Reminder Coaches, please send schedules so that as many meets as possible can be listed on the TTFCA website. Please send meet results and athlete / coach accomplishments to— for meets, please indicate FAT or HH as well as any relevant weather information.

CLASS of 2011 Andrew Akens - North Mesquite - UT-San Antonio (throws) Jillian Anderson - Atascocita - Texas A&M (middle distance) Will Antkowiak - Brenham - University of Texas (distance) Rachel Baptista - Austin High - University of Colorado (distance) Travis Barclay - Boerne High - Texas A&M (distance) Taylor Beer - Round Rock McNeil - University of Houston (distance) Brandon Blanchard - Kennedale - University of Texas-Arlington (high jump / hurdles) Beth Blinds - Kennedale - University of North Texas (distance) Devin Bogert - Tomball - Texas A&M - Javelin Jordan "Bo" Burgess - Kennedale - Texas Tech University (sprints / hurdles) Gregory Coleman - San Antonio Warren - Texas A&M (hurdles) Stephen Cumbee - Killeen - Wayland Baptist (distance) Jean Deason - St. Anthony - Texas A&M (throws) Taylor De La Rosa - Mission - McNeese State University (distance) Emily Dunn - San Antonio FEAST - University of Tulsa (distance) Janessa Dunn - San Antonio FEAST - University of Tulsa (distance) Sheroid Evans - Fort Bend Dulles - University of Texas (sprints) Meron Fessahaie - Richardson Lake Highlands - Rice University (distance) Nia Fluker - Christway Academy - Clemson University (sprints) Randy Forest - Fort Bend Willowridge - University of Houston (sprints) Johanna Galloway - Decatur - Texas A&M (distance) Brea Garrett - Arlington Martin - Texas A&M (throws) Brian Gohlke - The Woodlands College Park - Oklahoma State (distance) Aiken Graham - Round Rock Westwood - Texas A&M (hurdles) Kierra Hamilton - DeSoto - Kansas State (sprints) Sydney Hampton - Houston Memorial - UTexas-Arlington (distance) Clifton Harlin - FW Country Day - Texas A&M (pole vault) Kelsey Hermes - Lindsay - Texas A&M (distance) Carlos Hernandez - El Paso Franklin - University of Nebraska (high jump) Stephanie Hernandez - Huffman-Hargrave - Lamar University (distance) Keshawn Hill - Klein - (jumps) Carli Hinkle - Round Rock McNeil - Concordia University (sprints / hurdles) John Horton - Copperas Cove - University of Houston (jumps) Taylor Houston - Fort Bend Elkins - South Plains College (sprints) Kara Hyde - Forney - University of Colorado (hurdles) Kwame Jackson - Kingwood Park - Xavier University-Louisiana (distance) Zahri Jackson - Kingwood Park - Xavier University-Louisiana (distance) Bailey Johnson - Dripping Springs - Oklahoma State University (sprints / hurdles) David Johnson - Spring - University of Missouri (hurdles) Rachel Johnson - Plano - Baylor University (distance) Phillip Jones - West Orange-Starke - Texas A&M (hurdles) Brennym Kaelin - Cypress Falls - Oklahoma Christian University (distance) Kim Kirby - Coppell - Baylor (distance) Carly Kitts - Midlothian - UTSA (distance) Marissa Lee - Austin James Bowie - University of Texas (distance) Craig Lutz - Flower Mound Marcus - University of Texas (distance) Margo Lyons - The Woodlands - Texas A&M (distance) Mike Menefield - Big Spring - University of Arkansas (jumps) Kelsey Miller - Katy Cinco Ranch - Texas A&M (middle distance) Brianna Mills - DeSoto - Youngstown State University (sprints) Kenneth Minkah - DeSoto - Texas A&M (sprints / hurdles)

Hillary Montgomery - Klein - Texas A&M (distance) Aly Nielson - Colleyville Heritage - Oregon State (distance) Sarah Pena - Cypress Fair - Sam Houston State University (distance) Kaitlin Petrillose - Round Rock McNeil - University of South Dakota (pole vault) Michaela Palu - San Antonio Marshall - Texas Tech (high jump) Mark Pinales - Round Rock Stony Point - University of Texas (distance) Hillary Raemsch - Bastrop - Tarleton State University (distance) Dylan Richards - Port Neches-Groves - Texas A&M (high jump) Jake Roberts - Argyle - Texas A&M (distance) Dalton Rowan - Oak Ridge - Texas A&M (throws) Aaron Scott - Denton Ryan - University of Texas (sprints) Bronte Smith - Spring - University of Memphis (sprints / hurdles) Lauren Sullivan - Round Rock NcNeil - University of North Texas (distance) Chelsey Sveinsson - The Greenhill School - Stanford (middle distance / distance) Corie Telfer - Round Rock McNeil - University of North Texas (distance) Kyle Thompson - Killeen Harker Heights - University of Texas (middle distance) Kyle Thompson - Argyle - Texas Tech University (pole vault / multis) Mykkele Thompson - San Antonio Stevens - University of Texas (sprints / jumps) Philip Todd - Highland Park-Dallas - University of Virginia (distance) Jonathan Turner - Corpus Christi Carroll - Texas A&M (sprints / jumps) Ronald Vaughn - Mesquite - United States Naval Academy (middle distance) Chrishuna Williams - DeSoto - University of Arkansas (sprints) Jamal Williams - North Mesquite - Xavier University-Louisiana (distance)

These are the commitments available at press time. For more recruiting information, check the TTFCA website @

Q&A with Michael Blackwood, Celina Assistant T&F Coach, Former Olympian Q. As a kid growing up in Jamaica, how did your training compare to kids today in North Texas? A. As a kid growing up in Jamaica, I did a variety of sports which included cricket, football (soccer) and track. When I compare my track training to kids in north Texas, training in Jamaica is much more difficult and poses a greater challenge because I did not have the luxury of a good weight room or track. 99% of the kids in Jamaica train on a grass track which makes the workouts more intense. Q. What is your fondest professional track & field memory? A. My fondest track & field memory would have to be during the 2000 Summer Olympic Games in Sydney when I walked out on the track for the 4x400m finals. This was an electrifying moment with a crowd of about 100 thousand people chanting and the camera lights flashing all over the stadium. Q. Much has been made in the media about the success of Jamaican sprinters on the world stage ... is there a unique training program to develop sprinters? A. Yes, we do have a training system in place for our athletes. Track and field in Jamaica is a cultural thing; we live and breathe track. It all starts when boys and girls race each other on the street to find out who is the fastest kid on the block. This practice takes place all over the island and then a coach will discover you and coach you through high school. The success of our athletes is just a culmination of what has gone on for more than 40 years. We have many Olympics and World track and field Champions, like Donavon Bailey and Linford Christie although they represent other countries. I think it has a lot to do with genetics and the fact the Jamaica has mastered how to cultivate someone into a world class athlete. Q. What's Usain Bolt really like? A. Usain Bolt—he is a down to earth guy who literally loves to dance. Q. You have two young children ... do you see track in their future?

A. Actually, soon to be 3 children; we are expecting a girl in March. Yes, my wife and I certainly see track in their future. It’s hard to envision our lives without it in some type of capacity. Q. You're now teaching and coaching at the high school level at Celina - what attracted you to coaching? Do you want to coach at the collegiate or professional level? A. I just love the idea of being able to work with young people. I just want to pass along what I have learned and experienced throughout my career. I want to help my athletes reach their best potential or at least set them on the right path. In regards to coaching at a higher level, if the right opportunity presented itself, I would definitely look into it. Q. You competed in track & field at the highest level, yet the majority of kids you coach will never compete past high school. What advice do you have for them while competing in high school? A. While many high kids will not run at the collegiate level or in the Olympics, my advice for them would be to shoot for the stars in whatever goals they set for themselves and just strive to be the best they can be and never give up hope. So, maybe they will never reach that next level, but it doesn’t hurt to have dreams and aspirations. Q. Can you provide a track bio of yourself, high lighting some of your major accomplishments? A. I was born in Jamaica. While I was growing up, I was very athletic. I played cricket, soccer and ran track. In high school I ran track and field and later received a track scholarship to attend the University of New Orleans. After one year at the University of New Orleans, I transferred to the University of Oklahoma... My dreams came to fruition and I was a very successful student athlete because of the goals I set for myself and the wonderful teachers I had along the way... I took my dreams further by becoming a 3-time Olympian. I ran professionally for over 10 years and I retired after the summer season in 2009.

T T F C A M i s s i o n S t a t e m e n t , c o n t ’d 3. ...scholarship program; 4. To recognize prominent contributors to the growth of track and field in the state of Texas through induction into the Texas Track & Field Coaches Association Hall of Fame; 5. To develop camaraderie among coaches, officials and athletes in an atmosphere conducive to sportsmanship; It’s never too early to mark your calendar: next year’s Track & Field Coaches Clinic of Texas is January 6-7, 2012. We’re already planning an incredible lineup of speakers and TTFCA Hall of Fame candidates. Come join us at the Crowne Plaza-Addison near the Galleria for a fabulous two days.

6. To promote track and field through media channels and facilitate media awareness of area meets, competitions and achievements by Texas teams and individuals.

The Handoff Vol I, Issue 2  

Early February issue of the TTFCA's newsletter, The Handoff

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