Due to STAAR testing this week at area schools, the Sonics practice schedule will have some changes. There will be NO PRACTICES on Monday, March 27. Tuesday practice at Sharpstown will still take place, but parents should use their best judgment as to whether it’s appropriate for their children to attend. Practices for the remainder of the week will remain unaffected.
Due to the rain on the north side of town this afternoon, today’s practice at Klein High School has been cancelled.
The rain has been intermittent late this morning and early afternoon in the Sharpstown High area so rather than risk having people come out a second weekend in a row for nothing, the decision has been made to call off practice Our next practice session there will be Thursday, March 16 at 6:30 PM.
We will most likely send a follow-up email out by Tuesday to remind everyone to try to attend our first weeknight session since it will be our only one prior to the season opener meet on Saturday, March 18.
Due to this morning’s rain, the 10:00 AM practice at Klein High School has been cancelled. Our next practice session there will be Wednesday, March 15 at 6:30 PM.
We will continue to monitor the weather today to determine whether the 1:00 PM practice at Sharpstown will proceed as scheduled. We will notify everyone ASAP if conditions force us to cancel that session as well.
The 2017 track season is here and the Sonics are ready to get things ramped up! We will have our first practice sessions this coming Saturday, February 18. The north side practice will be held at 10:00 AM at Klein High School, 16715 Stuebner Airline Rd., Spring, and the south side practice will be at 1:00 PM at Sharpstown High School, 7504 Bissonnet St., Houston. You can expect these sessions to last roughly 90 minutes.
If you’re a first-time visitor, be sure to dress your child(ren) appropriately for the weather and have comfortable running shoes and plenty of water to drink. These sessions won’t be intense; we will just be going through basic conditioning and fundamental running technique. If you are unsure about whether track is going to be the right program to commit your child(ren) to, just bring them out, meet the coaches and we will give them a taste of what it’s all about. There is no commitment to sign up. We will have registration details available if and when you are ready to jump in.
We hope to see you all this Saturday!
Day Eight: Saturday, August 6
The Sonics only had three competitions on Saturday, but they made the most of it by going three-for-three in the medals. Anthony Chatman got things started off right for the Sonics with his 8th place finish in the 11 Boys Discus. The 9-10 Girls 4×100 relay followed it up with their 8th place finish in the finals. And capping things off in big way was Octavia Gee who not only won the 10 Girls Turbo Javelin, but set a new national record in the process with a toss of 86′ 8″. This brings the Sonics’ medal total for the Junior Olympics to EIGHT! This is a remarkable accomplishment considering we had our smallest team in years. Congratulations to everyone for their hard work and determination!
Day Seven: Friday, August 5
Sonics medal #5 came early in the day with Damario Gee‘s 4th place finish in the 11 Boys Turbo Javelin. Anthony Chatman, competing in the same event, had a strong 13th place finish with a PR throw of his own. In the 4×100 relays, the 9-10 girls, Olivia Nicholas, Kylah Woods, Jayla Cooper, and Octavia Gee recorded the fifth fastest time in their division thus securing their spot in the finals on Saturday. The Sonics 8-under girls, 11-12 girls and 13-14 girls teams also competed, but failed to advance. Closing out the day were Amira Chatman whose PR performance in the 13 Girls Discus put her in 11th place and Jayla Cooper in the 10 Girls Long Jump and Aubrionna Hebert in the 17-18 Women’s Javelin.
Day Six: Thursday, August 4
Today was a relatively quiet day for the Sonics. It started off with 1500 meter PR performances from Angela Mayer and Amelia Olowu in the 8-under Girls and 9 Girls divisions, respectively. Connor Parker then posted a top 15 finish in the 9 Boys 1500 meters. Siyon Rogers had a huge PR in the 9 Boys Turbo Javelin, beating his previous best by nearly 20 feet! The day was wrapped up with 13-14 Girls 4×400 Relay who failed to advance to the finals. On Friday, the Sonics will be looking to contend in four relay events, five field events, and Cesley Williams in the 13 Girls 400 meter dash.
Day Five: Wednesday, August 3
Sonics medal #4 of the Junior Olympics was a bit unexpected and came early in the day from Jaiden Anderson in the 12 Girls Turbo Javelin. Despite not being seeded among the top 20 competitors, Jaiden made a huge improvement on her personal best with a throw of 75′ 0″ which was good enough for an 8th place finish! Amelia Olowu, Connor Parker, Todd Woods, and Michelle Mayer all competed in the 800 meters, Kennedy Burgess in the shot put and Kenneth Burgess in the turbo javelin and shot put, but none managed to reach the medal podium. Finally, the 11-12 girls had a solid showing in the 4×400 relay, but did not advance.
Day Four: Tuesday, August 2
Tuesday got off to a bang early with two more Sonics medalists. Michelle Mayer took 5th place finish in the 14 Girls 1500 meter run and then Octavia Gee followed it up with her second gold medal of the meet by winning the 10 Girls Shot Put. This is her third consecutive year of winning this event. The Sonics medal count for the meet now stands at three. The Sonics were well represented in the 200 meter dash with Ryann Dedmon, Daniel Mitchell, Kylah Woods, Olivia Nicholas, and Hannah Nicholas, and in the 400 meter dash by Ryann Dedmon, Kylah Woods, Connor Parker, Todd Woods, and Nylah Raspberry. Unfortunately, none of them managed to advance in those events. Also competing in the field events were Kenneth Burgess in the Turbo Javelin, Alex Ewing in the Discus, and Anthony Chatman who had a strong 10th place showing in the 11 Boys Shot Put.
Day Three: Monday, August 1
Sonics only had four athletes competing today. Michelle Mayer finished 9th overall in the 14 Girls 800 meter prelims and will advance to the finals to be held on Wednesday. Mikayla Courville ran a season’s best time in the 15-16 Girls 400 meter hurdles, but did not qualify for the finals. Haley Bullington and Olivia Nicholas competed in the 15-16 Girls and 10 Girls high jump, respectively, but neither made it to the medal podium. Tomorrow will be a much busier day for the Sonics as 14 of our athletes will be competing.
Day Two: Sunday, July 31
No Sonics athletes competed on Day 1, but Day 2 got off to a fantastic start with Octavia Gee taking the gold in the 10 Girls Triathlon! Her winning point total of 1176 was more than 100 points clear of the second place finisher. Let’s keep the momentum heading into week, Sonics!
UPDATED: Final event schedule is now posted: http://image.aausports.org/sports/JO_Games/entry/2016/2016AAUJOFINALSCHEDULE.pdf
All track events at the AAU Junior Olympics can be viewed on live streaming video here: http://www.aautv.org. Heat sheets, results and other relevant links can be found here: http://www.aaujrogames.org/Sports/TrackFieldMultiEvents.aspx.
The following times are estimates based on the information currently available. We will try to make updates with heat assignments and estimated start times as this information becomes available. Please notify Robert Mayer, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you discover any omissions or corrections.
Sunday, July 31
9:30 AM, Octavia Gee – 10 Girls Triathlon
Monday, Aug. 1
Mikayla Courville – 15-16 Girls 400m Hurdles (Heat 8, 10:45 – 11:00 AM)
Michelle Mayer – 14 Girls 800m Prelims (Heat 2, 1:15 – 1:25 PM)
9:00 AM, Haley Bullington – 15-16 Girls High Jump (Flight 1)
3:00 PM, Olivia Nicholas – 10 Girls High Jump (Flight 2)
Tuesday, Aug. 2
Michelle Mayer – 14 Girls 1500m (Section 3, 8:50 – 9:00 AM)
Ryann Dedmon – 8-under Girls 200m Prelims (Heat 1, 11:30 AM)
Daniel Mitchell – 8-under Boys 200m Prelims (Heat 2, 11:40 – 11:45 AM)
Kylah Woods – 9 Girls 200m Prelims (Heat 3, 11:50 – 11:55 AM)
Olivia Nicholas – 10 Girls 200m Prelims (Heat 9, 12:10 – 12:15 PM)
Hannah Nicholas – 13 Girls 200m Prelims (Heat 10, 12:55 – 1:05 PM)
Ryann Dedmon – 8-under Girls 400m Prelims (Heat 8, 2:25 – 2:30 PM)
Kylah Woods – 9 Girls 400m Prelims (Heat 2, 2:50 – 3:00 PM)
Connor Parker – 9 Boys 400m Prelims (Heat 5, 3:20 – 3:30 PM)
Todd Woods – 11 Boys 400m Prelims (Heat 2, 4:30 – 4:40 PM)
Nylah Raspberry – 12 Girls 400m Prelims (Heat 12, 5:05 – 5:20 PM)
8:00 AM, Octavia Gee – 10 Girls Shot Put (Flight 4)
8:00 AM, Kenneth Burgess – 12 Boys Turbo Javelin (Flight 3)
3:00 PM, Anthony Chatman – 11 Boys Shot Put (Flight 4)
3:00 PM, Alex Ewing – 14 Boys Discus (Flight 3)
Wednesday, Aug. 3
Amelia Olowu – 9 Girls 800m (Section 3, 10:15 – 10:20 AM)
Connor Parker – 9 Boys 800m (Section 6, 10:40 – 10:50 AM)
Todd Woods – 11 Boys 800m (Section 6, 11:55 AM – 12:10 PM)
Michelle Mayer – 14 Girls 800m (Final, 1:20 – 1:25 PM)
11-12 Girls 4×400 relay (Heat 2, 5:25 – 5:35 PM)
8:00 AM, Jaiden Anderson – 12 Girls Turbo Javelin
8:00 AM, Kennedy Burgess – 12 Girls Turbo Javelin
3:00 PM, Kennedy Burgess – 12 Girls Shot Put
3:00 PM, Kenneth Burgess – 12 Boys Shot Put
Thursday, Aug. 4
Angela Mayer – 8-under Girls 1500 meter run (Section 2, 8:05 – 8:10 AM)
Amelia Olowu – 9 Girls 1500 meter run (Section 2, 8:50 – 8:55 AM)
Connor Parker – 9 Boys 1500 meter run (9:15 – 9:25 AM)
13-14 Girls 4×400 Relay Prelims (Heat 3, 1:25 – 1:30 PM)
8:00 AM, Siyon Rogers – 9 Boys Turbo Javelin
8:00 AM, Hannah Nicholas – 13 Girls Long Jump
Friday, Aug. 5
13-14 Girls 4×800 Relay (Section 2, 8:55 – 9:00 AM)
8-under Girls 4×100 Relay Prelims (Heat 3, 11:00 – 11:05 AM)
9-10 Girls 4×100 Relay Prelims (Heat 1, 11:10 – 11:15 AM)
11-12 Girls 4×100 Relay Prelims (Heat 5, 12:05 AM – 12:10 PM)
13-14 Girls 4×100 Relay Prelims (Heat 7, 12:25 – 12:30 PM)
Cesley Williams – 13 Girls 400m Prelims (Heat 3, 2:00 – 2:05 PM)
8:00 AM, Damario Gee – 11 Boys Turbo Javelin
8:00 AM, Anthony Chatman – 11 Boys Turbo Javelin
12:00 PM, Jayla Cooper – 10 Girls Long Jump
12:00 PM, Amira Chatman – 13 Girls Discus
12:00 PM, Aubrionna Hebert – 17-18 Women Javelin
Saturday, Aug. 6
8:00 AM, Anthony Chatman – 11 Boys Discus
11:30 AM, Octavia Gee – 10 Girls Turbo Javelin
Coach Camille delivered the sad news today that long-time Sonics supporter and stadium announcer for many Sonics Relays, Earl Thompson, has passed. His children Anjel and Edward are former Sonics athletes. The service will be held this Saturday, July 30 at Brentwood Church, 13033 Landmark Houston, TX (time to be announced). Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers.