The 24th Annual Sonics Relays will be held Saturday, May 12 at Klein Memorial Stadium. This is traditionally one of the largest and most well-run meets in the AAU Gulf District and maintaining this high standard requires lots and lots of VOLUNTEERS! If you are connected with the Sonics in some manner, please consider lending a hand during the meet and invite your friends and family members as well! We’ve set a list of roles needing to be filled at the following link. Just scan through the list and choose one that fits your availability. It’s that simple!
Your support is greatly appreciated!
The Houston Marathon Foundation’s Susan Poorman Blackie Scholarship is now available through May 22nd.
The Susan Poorman Blackie Scholarship is intended for exemplary students who have run cross country in high school. They need not be the best runner on the team, but an overall love of running is key. They also do not have to be planning on running on a collegiate team, but they must be Texas college-bound.
The scholarship is for $20,000 over the course of four years, and the application window closes on May 22nd.
Houston Marathon Foundation
Susan Poorman Blackie Scholarship
A scholarship has been named after long time Houston Marathon Committee Board Member and Houston Marathon Foundation Founder, Susan Poorman Blackie. Susan embodied the generosity and volunteer spirit that exemplifies the Houston Marathon community of volunteers who make the event possible each year. It is this, along with her passion for life, helping others and always abiding by the Golden Rule while treating others with respect, kindness and acceptance that we honor her while creating legacy for the Houston Marathon Foundation and our mission to advance running as a healthy lifestyle opportunity.
Who can apply?
• High School Cross Country Team members throughout the greater Houston Area
• US Citizen • Resident of the State of Texas
• Plan to attend a Texas college or university (HMF does not fund out of state scholarships)
• Meet academic and class rank standards
• Meet ACT/SAT Standards • Submit an complete application with appropriate documentation
• Reside in one of the following counties: Harris, Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Grimes, Hardin, Jefferson, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Orange, Polk, San Jacinto, Walker, Waller, Washington and Wharton
What type of scholarship is available?
• $5,000 annual award for one male and one female student (Total Value potential is $20,000 over 4 years; with consecutive year approval and meeting of academic requirements)
• New Scholarship recipients will be awarded every other year
• Participants are eligible to re-apply for four consecutive years as long as he/she maintains a B average, remains in good academic standing and is enrolled as a full time student in a degree track program.
How will funds be delivered?
• Funds will be sent directly to the financial aid office and paid directly to the college or university provided by the award winners.
• Applicants must meet all requirements and deadlines • Personal Statement
• Provide transcripts and test scores
• Provide FAFSA
• List all leadership activities
• List athletic participation and community service
The application is available at the following link:
Two former Sonics athletes have signed agreements with universities in Louisiana to play volleyball. Jai’la Gray, who was a member of the 2009 AAU national champion Bantam Girls 4×400 Relay team, will be taking her volleyball skills to Dillard University in New Orleans.
Khari Woods, daughter of Sonics coach Tim Woods, will be competing for the Southern University Jaguars in Baton Rouge.
Sonics team member Alyssia Ewing has just signed an offer to compete in the track and field program at Loyola University in New Orleans. She is currently a senior at Duchesne High School where she has been on the track team led by Sonics coach, Goldy Jackson. During her tenure with the Sonics, she has competed in the sprints and discus throw.
Due to STAAR testing this week, there will be no practice at Sharpstown on Tuesday, April 10 in order to give our youngsters a better opportunity to prepare for their tests and be well-rested. We will, however, be having Wednesday practices at Westbury and Klein.
There will be no Sonics practice this Wednesday, April 4 at Westbury High School. The rest of this week’s practices at Klein High and Sharpstown High will be unchanged.
This Saturday, March 17, the Houston Pace Setters will be hosting the season-opening meet at The Rig in Pearland. Please download the flyer for all relevant details: http://www.houstonsonics.com/wp-content/docs/2018_Pacesetters_meet.pdf. If you plan to attend this meet, look for one of the Sonics coaches near the main entrance or the Sonics tent (orange and purple) inside the stadium. Most of the athletes, and particularly our new members, will be asked to run the 100m and 400m events as they serve as good baselines for tracking their development. If you have any questions about this, feel free to contact one of your Sonics coaches to discuss.
Alright Sonics, let’s get this season started with a bang!
Spring is just around the corner and so is a new season of AAU youth track and field! We always begin our seasons with a series of Saturday conditioning sessions to start getting the kids in shape in preparation for the meets that begin in mid-March. For our north side group, these sessions will begin this Saturday, February 17 at 10:00 AM at Klein High School, 16715 Stuebner-Airline Rd. in Spring. Our south side group will have their first session the following Saturday, February 24 at 1:00 PM at Sharpstown High School, 7504 Bissonnet St., Houston. These sessions can be expected to last approximately 1-1/2 to 2 hours.
If you are new to the Sonics, we invite you to bring your young athletes out to one of these sessions to see what we’re all about before you make the commitment to join. Please make sure they are dressed appropriately for the weather and fitted with shoes suitable for running. Also be sure to bring plenty of water so they can stay properly hydrated.
The plan is to continue these Saturday sessions through March 10, weather permitting, after which we will transition into our weeknight schedule (details to come in a future email). We look forward to seeing you all at the track!
Days 1 and 2 (Sat-Sun July 29-30)
No Sonics athletes competing
Days 3 (Monday, July 31)
Jaiden Anderson got things started off right for the Sonics with a 5th place medal in the 13 Girls Javelin with a throw of 77′ 10″.
Octavia Gee followed this up with a 3rd place medal in the 11 Girls Discus with a throw of 79′ 5″.
Isaiah Bocock then turned in a PR time of 2:17.75 in the 13 Boys 800 Meter good for 28th place out of 87 athletes. Jayla Cooper, Jonathan Cooper, Jurnee Smith, and Makai Amezola all competed in the 100 Meter Dash, but failed to advance to the semi-final round.
Days 4 (Tuesday, August 1)
The Sonics got off to another strong start in the field events with the sibling duo of Damario and Octavia Gee each medaling in their respective events. Damario took 2nd place in the 12 Boys Turbo Javelin with a throw of 121′ 2″ while sister Octavia won the 11 Girls Shot Put with toss of 38′ 3/4″.
This is Octavia’s fourth consecutive Junior Olympics title in this event.
Also competing in field events were Anthony Chatman in the 12 Boys Turbo Javelin, Shaffer Henderson in the 13 Boys High Jump, and Isaiah Bocock in the 13 Boys Long Jump. On the track, Kenneth Burgess and Cesley Williams competed in the 13 Boys and 14 Girls 200 Meter Dash, respectively, but neither qualified for the semi-final round. In the 400 Meter Dash, Ryann Dedmon and Zoe Miles raced in the 9 Girls division and Kylah Woods in the 10 Girls division, but none of them advanced. The times posted by Cesley, Ryann, and Kylah were all personal bests.
Days 5 (Wednesday, August 2)
The Sonics continued their momentum today and even took it up a notch.
Todd Woods ran a PR of 2:15.98 in the 12 Boys 800 Meter to earn the 7th place medal. Zoe Miles, Anyssa Solis, and Kenneth Jones also competed in the 800 and Jayla Cooper ran in the 80 Meter Hurdles event.
Soon afterwards, Kenneth Burgess beat his personal best in the 13 Boys Shot Put by over three feet en route to earning the 5th place medal.
The third medal of the day came in a big way with Anthony Chatman winning gold in the 12 Boys Shot Put with a throw of 46′ 11″.
And finally, the day finished on a positive note when both the 9-10 Girls and 11-12 Boys 4×400 relay teams qualified for Saturday’s final! The Sonics medal count now stands at seven and counting!
Days 6 (Thursday, August 3)
Today was a relatively quiet day for the Sonics with only two individuals competing in the field events along with two 4×400 relay teams. Anthony Chatman competed in the 12 Boys Discus and Shaffer Henderson got a PR in the 13 Boys Triple Jump, but neither managed to reach the medal stand. Both the 13-14 Girls and 13-14 Boys 4×400 relay teams ran season best times (the boys improving on their qualifying time by a whopping 17 seconds!), but still weren’t fast enough to qualify for Saturday’s final.
Days 7 (Friday, August 4)
Another busy day for the Sonics and it started off with a bang with the 11-12 Boys 4×800 Relay team of Damario Gee, Todd Woods, Kenneth Jones, and Mason Chapman claiming third place, bringing the Sonics’ medal count to eight for the Games!
We were represented by five teams in the 4×100 relays: 9-10 Girls, two 11-12 Girls teams, 13-14 Girls, and 13-14 Boys. All produced solid performances, but fell short of reaching Saturday’s final round. Naomi Jones competed in the 11 Girls Long Jump while Alana Bennett and Jamie Nwokeji threw in the 13 Girls Discus. None of them reached the medal podium, but Jamie had a big PR by more than 13 feet! We closed out the day with three athletes racing in the 400 Meter Dash, Jasir Miller in the 13 Girls division, Cesley Williams in the 14 Girls division, and Cameron Williams in the 15-16 Boys division. Unfortunately, none of them managed to advance to the finals.
Saturday, August 5
The Sonics closed out the JO Games with two more medals, bringing their total medal count to 10. The 9-10 Girls 4×400 relay team took 7th place while the 11-12 Boys 4×400 relay team finished in 5th place. Congratulations to everyone for their outstanding performances!
Beginning this weekend, 33 Sonics athletes will be headed to the Detroit suburb of Ypslianti at Eastern Michigan University competing against thousands of the best athletes from around the nation in the AAU Junior Olympics. Below is the schedule of their events by day and the heat sheets are posted here. You may also follow the live results being posted online here. All times show below are EASTERN time zone.
Monday, July 31
8:00 AM – 13 Girls Javelin: Jaiden Anderson (Flight 2)
12:00 PM – 11 Girls Discus: Octavia Gee (Flight 2)
12:30 PM – 13 Boys 800 Meters (prelim): Isaiah Bocock (Heat 1)
3:00 PM – 11 Girls 100 Meters (prelim): Jayla Cooper (Heat 2)
– 12 Boys 100 Meters (prelim): Jonathan Cooper (Heat 3)
– 14 Girls 100 Meters (prelim): Jurnee Smith (Heat 4)
– 14 Boys 100 Meters (prelim): Makai Amezola (Heat 10)
Tuesday, August 1
8:00 AM – 12 Boys Turbo Javelin: Anthony Chatman (Flight 2), Damario Gee (Flight 3)
9:00 AM – 13 Boys High Jump: Shaffer Henderson (Flight 2)
11:30 AM – 13 Boys 200 Meters (prelim): Kenneth Burgess (Heat 7)
– 14 Girls 200 Meters (prelim): Cesley Williams (Heat 13)
12:00 PM – 11 Girls Shot Put: Octavia Gee (Flight 2)
2:15 PM – 9 Girls 400 Meters (timed final): Ryann Dedmon (Heat 9), Zoe Miles (Heat 11)
– 10 Girls 400 Meters (timed final): Kylah Woods (Heat 10)
3:00 PM – 13 Boys Long Jump: Isaiah Bocock (Flight 2)
Wednesday, August 2
8:00 AM – 13 Girls Shot Put: Alana Bennett (Flight 1)
9:30 AM – 9 Girls 800 Meters (timed final): Zoe Miles (Section 4)
– 12 Girls 800 Meters (timed final): Anyssa Solis (Section 2)
– 12 Boys 800 Meters (timed final): Kenneth Jones (Section 6)
– 12 Boys 800 Meters (timed final): Todd Woods (Section 7)
12:00 PM – 13 Boys Shot Put: Kenneth Burgess (Flight 4)
1:45 PM – 11 Girls 80 Meter Hurdles (prelim): Jayla Cooper (Heat 6)
– 11 Girls 80 Meter Hurdles (prelim): Naomi Jones (Heat 7)
– 14 Girls 100 Meter Hurdles (prelim): Lauren Robertson (Heat 6)
3:00 PM – 12 Boys Shot Put: Anthony Chatman (Flight 4)
4:15 PM – 9-10 Girls 4×400 Meter Relay (prelim): Kylah Woods, Ryann Dedmon, Zoe Miles, Sydney Barras, Sophia Cormier (Heat 3)
– 11-12 Boys 4×400 Meter Relay (prelim): Todd Woods, Damario Gee, Kenneth Jones, Jonathan Cooper, Mason Chapman (Heat 3)
Thursday, August 3
12:00 PM – 13 Boys Triple Jump: Shaffer Henderson (Flight 1)
– 12 Boys Discus: Anthony Chatman (Flight 3)
1:15 PM – 13-14 Girls 4×400 Relay (prelim): Nylah Raspberry, Jasir Miller, Jurnee Smith, Cesley Williams, Lauren Robertson (Heat 8)
– 13-14 Boys 4×400 Relay (prelim): Isaiah Bocock, Tiras Reed, Kenneth Burgess, Makai Amezola (Heat 4)
Friday, August 4
8:00 AM – 11-12 Boys 4×800 Relay (timed final): Todd Woods, Damario Gee, Kenneth Jones, Mason Chapman (Section 2)
8:00 AM – 11 Girls Long Jump: Naomi Jones (Flight 3)
11:00 AM – 9-10 Girls 4×100 Relay (prelim): Kylah Woods, Ryann Dedmon, Sydney Barras, Sophia Cormier (Heat 4)
– 11-12 Girls 4×100 Relay (prelim): (A team) Jayla Cooper, Naomi Jones, Octavia Gee, Regan Watts (Heat 6)
– 11-12 Girls 4×100 Relay (prelim): (B team) Anyssa Solis, Bella Amezola, Dakota Bennett, Shayda Fletcher (Heat 7)
– 13-14 Girls 4×100 Relay (prelim): Nylah Raspberry, Jasir Miller, Jurnee Smith, Cesley Williams, Lauren Robertson
– 13-14 Boys 4×100 Relay (prelim): Isaiah Bocock, Tiras Reed, Kenneth Burgess, Makai Amezola
12:00 PM – 13 Girls Discus: Alana Bennett (Flight 1), Jamie Nwokeji (Flight 2)
1:45 PM – 13 Girls 400 Meters (prelim): Jasir Miller (Heat 6)
– 14 Girls 400 Meters (prelim): Cesley Williams (Heat 13)
– 15-16 Boys 400 Meters (prelim): Cameron Williams (Heat 9)