Track and Field News – 2010 Recap
The 2010 Ohio AAU Track & Field season was a resounding success. The regular season consisted of seven meets and the average attendance was 350 athletes. We added two new clubs, The Columbus Panthers and Ohio Blaze, and one new track meet (Lincoln Heights Invitational).
The District and National Qualifier track meets were well attended and ran exceptionally by officials and volunteers. The inception of BJT Timing was instrumental in saving AAU track teams money by performing professional timing while keeping cost down. Also, the website, www.black-jacktrack.com, was very instrumental in providing information to all users throughout the 2010 season.
The Ohio Association was well represented at the AAU National Championships in Norfolk, VA. While many association athletes garnered All American honors three athletes won National titles and one broke a National Record. Amaya King, Springfield Track Club, won her third consecutive title in the Bantam Girls shot put. Terry Simuels, Ohio Heat T.C., defended his title in the Bantam Boys 800m. Karrington Winters, Columbus Panthers T.C., won the Sub-Youth 400m and 800m. Karrington ran 2:11.30 in the 800m and broke the National Record by 3.2 seconds.
As Chairman of Ohio AAU Track & Field I want to say thank you to everyone who made the 2010 season bigger and better. It is our goal as an organization to give the athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers, parents, and fans the best experience they can have by attending our events. We also strive to help grow the sport and will continue to use technology to advance the organization.
DeCarlo M. Blackwell
Ohio AAU T&F Chairman