Tyrese Cooper was setting records way before high school. As an 8th grader racing for Miami Gardens XPress Track Club at the Florida Middle School State Championships he set meet records in the 100 (10.61), 200 (21.26), and 400m dash (47.76). Those times ranked him with the best of the best at the high school level and even would have qualified him for the NCAA Championship
To put those times in perspective, see below for how his marks compared to the national high school leaderboard in 2015:
|EVENT||HIGH SCHOOL US #1||TYRESE COOPER||COOPER'S HS RANKING||COOPER'S FL RANKING|
10.32 (Ryan Clark, GA)
||10.61||US #35||FL #16|
|200m||20.69 (Michael Norman, CA)||21.26||US #16||FL #8|
|400m||45.91 (Michael Norman, CA)||47.76||US #41||FL #9|
The cut-off times for the first round of the NCAA Championship that year were 10.5 in the 100m, 21.09 in the 200m and 47.14.
Watch the races below and prepare to be schooled - middle schooled, that is.
Tyrese Cooper runs 10.61 to set the FL Middle School State Championship meet record for 200 meters.
Tyrese Cooper runs 21.26 to set the FL Middle School State Championship meet record for 200 meters.
Tyrese Cooper runs 47.76 to set the FL Middle School State Championship meet record for 400 meters.