As the outdoor track season opens up here in California (next week in SoCal) and across the country over the next eight weeks. The online youth sports website Youth1 has highlighted the top Ten Middle School Girls ( Youth Division 13-14 year olds 7th,8th graders in the country) Thanks to Youth1 for the great overview. Photo credit Indy Star
(Youth1) – At any age, the 100m dash is one of the most exciting events in track and field. Blink an eye and you might miss a big moment, turn your head and you’re likely to forgo all the action. This year’s crop of female middle school sprinters are some of the fastest in recent memory, and below is a breakdown as they enter the 2012 season.
Lauren Williams, 11.94 – Lakewood, CA – Quiet Fire – Lauren is a perennial national champion and record setter; she’s won USATF, AAU and International titles and led the nation in the 100m, 200m and 400m last year for her age group. She is on the younger side of the youth division this year, but ran the fastest 100m time of all girls competing.
Lynna Irby, 11.99 – Pike, IN – Indiana Storm – Lynna is the only returner besides Williams to break the 12 second barrier last year. The Pike Indiana native can do it all in the sprints, from 100 to 400, she’ll be one of the favorites in whatever she decides to run this year.
Genaya Johnson, 12.10 – Pittsburg, PA – Future Stars TC – Johnson has been well known since she was in the midget division and has been steadily lowering her 100m time. Last year she was one of the top 20 sprinters in the youth division and now she’s back, one year older and even more experienced.
Symone Mason, 12.13 – Miami, FL – Miami Gardens Xpress – The Miami Gardens have one of the most impressive sprinting squads in the nation and it’s runners like Symone Mason that give them that distinction. She and her teammates will most likely continue to turn heads quickly this year.
Alexys Taylor, 12.24 – Woodbridge, VA – PWC Panthers – Alexys spent last year kicking up rubber in the Mid-Atlantic area in the 100m and 200m.
Deja Johnson, 12.24 – Omaha, NE – Wings of Omaha – One of two Omaha runners among the top 10 returners.
**Jeanette Paul, 12.27 – Los Angeles, CA – Quiet Fire – The speedy Quiet Fire teammate of Lauren Williams can more than stand on her own two feet. In addition to their national-record relay teams, Jeannette can duke it out with any runner in the nation over 100m or 200m.
Jameela Muhammad, 12.29 – Philadelphia, PA – Mt. Airy TC – Mt. Airy has one of the best teams in Pennsylvania, especially in the sprints.
Jnai Taylor, 12.31 – Brandon, FL – Trailblazers TC – Jnai finished 3rd at AAU Nationals in the 100m last year.
Aries Phillips, 12.31 – Omaha, NE – Omaha U – In the girls and boys divisions, Omaha has some real talent.