Competing this week with a heavy heart learning of the passing off of their high school head track coach at Dunbar High School in Guy Thomas earlier this week (story), both Lucheyona Weaver and Leonard Mustari went out and won AAU Club National Championships titles in his honor on Friday at Satellite High School in the hurdles.
Lucheyona Weaver won the 17-18-year-old girls 100-meter hurdles finals with a 13.81 clocking after going 13.65 in the prelims as the leading qualifier earlier in the week. She was coming off a runner-up finish at the Brooks PR Invitation in Seattle with a 13.55 clocking. Weaver earlier in the meet also qualified for the finals of the 100 and 200-meter dash with her preliminary performances, but opted out of the 200-meter finals and might see her again in the 100-meter finals tomorrow.
Leonard Mustari was equally dominant in his victory at AAU Club Championships in the 17-18-year-old boys 110-meter hurdles finals with a 13.77 clocking, putting him over 3 tenths of a second ahead of his next closet competitor. Mustari also won the long jump as well at AAU Club Champs with a leap of 7.08 meters and was coming off a PR and US #3 performance of 13.59 in a runner-up finish at the Brooks PR Invitational.
It has likely been a very difficult week for both athletes headed to North Carolina A&T together emotionally with the loss of their coach and impressive for them to still compete and as well as they did at AAU Club Championships with their hurdle victories on Friday in remembrance of him.