Breske Adds AAU Nationals Club Championship, Cooper Breaks Another Meet Record

Two years ago Winter Park pole vaulter Nicole Breske cleared 8'6" at the AAU National Club Championships. Fast forward to 2016 and the FSU signee is clearing heights of 12'0" and higher and bringing home state and national titles. Breske won the event over Thin Air Vault Club teammate Haidyn Turner of Winter Springs who cleared 11'6". Breske said afterward it felt good to finally get back in the rhythm.

"I've been feeling off with practice and meets since I took a week off to go up to Cincinnati for a mission trip that was a week long. That week really seemed to affect me and it's been a frustrating month. But having a good meet yesterday, I feel like I'm finally getting it back and it gives me a lot more confidence for the Junior Olympics"

Breske will vault in the Jacksonville Street Vault before heading to Texas for JO's on August 5th and putting an end to her high school vaulting career.

Event 243  Women Pole Vault 17-18 year old
   Club Natl: # 12-06.25  7/12/2013   Erica Sergeant, Thin Air Vau               
    Name                    Year Team                    Finals            Points
  1 Nicole Breske             98 Thin Air Vault Club   12-00.00      3.65m  10   
  2 Haidyn Turner             98 Thin Air Vault Club   11-06.00      3.50m   8

In his third event in three days, freshman phenom Tyrese Cooper broke yet ANOTHER meet record running 46.14 in the prelims of the 15-16 year old 400m dash. The time ranks fifth in the country this year and is just off of his PR , freshman national record, and US#2 time of 45..69. (Only behind Michael Norman's 45.51) Coach Darius Lawshea told us afterwards that he was, "proud of Tyrese because he is consistent with his times."

Cooper bested his freshman national record of 20.68 by running 20.66 in the 200m dash on Wednesday, and 10.63 into a -1.7 m/s wind in the 100m dash prelims on Tuesday!

Not to be outdone were the 17-18 year old boys, Elija Goodwin of Elite Speed set a new Club Nationals record running 46.47 with Jamal Walton behind him in 46.68. Walton, who owns a PR of 46.23, ranked 6th in the U.S. will not compete in the final on Saturday. The Cayman Islands native who was second at the state meet behind Cooper, is running at the IAAF World U20 Championships (World Juniors) in Poland next week.

Event 54  Men 400 Meter Dash 17-18 year old
   Club Natl: # 46.47  7/14/2016   Elija Goodwin, Elite Speed                
    Name                    Year Team                   Prelims  H#          
  1 Elija Goodwin             99 Elite Speed            # 46.47q 17          
  2 Jamal Walton              98 Teon Elite TC            46.68q 18    

The girls 400m dash prelims also showcased a quality field at each high school age group. Ken'Naria Gadson who shined at the FLYRA Middle School State Championship ran 56.04 the fastest time of any 14 year old. Shaianne Sipsey of Georgia out ran Ransom Everglade middle distance standout 54.99 to 55.75 for the fastest time in the 15 year old age group, while Spoto's Janae Caldwell who has run every distance from the 100m dash to cross country, won her her heat in 54.87. Caldwell was the 4A runner-up at 400m and 8th at New Balance Nationals Outdoor.

Other notable performances include Valerie Lastra in the 14 year old girls 1,500m run who was second to Athing Mu of Trenton Track Club by the narrowest of margins. Ashley Klingenberg was third in 4:50.79. We saw these two battle it out at the FLYRA Middle School State Championship and should see this pair have a lot of success in the future.

Event 85 Girls 1500 Meter Run 14 year old ========================================================================== Club Natl: # 4:33.95 7/6/2006 Cory Mcgee, Southeast Louisiana Road Name Year Team Finals H# Points ========================================================================== Finals 1 Athing Mu 02 Trenton Track Club 4:38.48 2 10 2 Valerie Lastra 02 Miami Elite 4:38.57 2 8 3 Ashley Klingenberg 02 Central Flor 4:50.79 2 6

Seneca Milledge one of the top sophomore sprinters in the state of Florida won the long jump for 15-16 year olds in 22'8, while Malachi Shannon, the Flo Golden South high jump champion, cleared 6'0" to win the 14 year old high jump. Interesting to note, it was a PR by four inches, for the Markham Woods Middle Schooler who is only 5'4"!

Frederick Douglas - PG rising senior Seasons Usual, won the girls 17-18 year old discus throw setting a new personal best by two feet, launching the implement a meet record 153'8"! Douglas is coming off of a MPSSAA Outdoor State Championship and a fifth place finish at New Balance Nationals Outdoor. Tennessee state champion Mikayla Thompson also broke the meet record throwing 146'2" for second place.

The triple jump produced some impressive performances as well. On the girls side, rising senior Jaimie Robinson of Illinois who was third at her state meet and third at New Balance Nationals Outdoor won with a leap of 40'4.75". Hillsborough's Daneesha Davidson was second.

Event 171  Women Triple Jump 17-18 year old
   Club Natl: # 42-01  7/13/2014   Bria Matthews, Unattached                          
    Name                    Year Team                    Finals  Wind           Points
  1 Jaimie Robinson           99 University o          40-04.75   0.9    12.31m  10   
  2 Daneesha Davidson         99 Trackstarz T          38-05.25  +0.0    11.71m   8   
Noah Igbinoghene, the Alabama 7A runner-up in the triple jump, who was 12th at New Balance Nationals Outdoor jumped a personal best 49'4.50" to win the 17-18 year old event at AAU National Club Championships. His mark ties for the 8th best in the country for 2016.

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