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Madison’s Trent breaks 45-year-old school record

Some more Track and Field love.  Alex makes the front page of the local newspaper's web site:

 

FrontPage

http://www.middletownjournal.com/

Now, I’m going to have to run out and pick up the actual newspaper!

From the article:

 

Madison’s Trent breaks 45-year-old school record

Madison High School’s Alex Trent set a new school record in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.35 seconds at the Waynesville Invitational Friday night, April 24.

His time broke a 45-year-old mark of 22.6 seconds set by Alan Daniel in 1964. The record was tied by Jim Cox in 1971 and tied again by Tony Cox in 1976.

It was the longest standing record at Madison. Trent also won the 400 dash in 49.78 seconds at the meet.

Track Season resounds with a huge bang tonight!

And, when I say BANG, I mean it.  If you’ve been following my “Track and Field” tag over the years, you read about my oldest son’s speed.  As a Junior last year, he went to state in the 400m only to miss the championship heat by a hair.  This year he’s back at it, and is actually faster than he was last year.  Even though its the beginning of the season, he’s already faster now that he was at the same time last year.  His coach has been working him hard since this is Alex’s Senior season of high school.

Tonight he finally, officially broke the 50 second barrier in the 400m.  His actual time was 40.73 seconds!   OK…but that’s not the huge BANG I’m talking about.

This year, his coach has him running a lot of different races.  On one hand, the team doesn’t have speedwise on the boys team.  On the other hand, his coach is preparing him for a potential college scholarship for Track.  Alex has been running the 200m this year, and tonight ran the 100m for the first time in competition.  Alex came in 2nd in overall time in the 100m.  Alex happened to be in the slow heat, though, so he had no one to run against to push him, and he lost the overall race by mere 10th of a second.  If he had someone to actually run against, he probably would have won.  Yeah, yeah.  I know, proud papa talking.

But, here’s where the BANG comes in.  Tonight Alex ran the 200m.  Not only did he break his own school record with a time of 22.35, but he broke the Waynesville schools stadium record that had been held for 45 years!

Phenomenal!  We’re really looking forward to the season as it progresses, because Alex actually gets faster as the season progresses.  His school record for the 400m is only a few 10th of seconds away, he’s pushing himself in the 100m, and the 200m country high school record is only 2 seconds away.

We’ll see what happens, but I’m getting excited!

Kids’ Track Season has started. Alex headed to state again this year?

We pray that Alex does good this year in track and heads back to State competition.  This is the only year that our oldest children will be on the same track team with Alex graduating high school in May and Rachel being a Freshman this year.  It’s a unique year, and good things are coming as long as they remain healthy.

Here’s the schedule of meets this year for those following up.

 

Tue

03/31/09

Madison Quad  clip_image001

 

4:30PM

 

Fri

04/03/09

@  Franklin Relays

 

4:30PM

 

Tue

04/07/09

@  Ross Relays

 

4:00PM

 

Fri

04/10/09

@  Fairmont Invitational

 

TBA

 

Fri

04/17/09

Twin Valley South

 

4:30PM

 

Tue

04/21/09

@  Northridge Invitational

 

4:30PM

 

Fri

04/24/09

@  Waynesville Invitational – Boys Only

 

4:30PM

 

Fri

04/24/09

@  Lockland HS – Girls Only

 

4:30PM

 

Mon

04/27/09

Madison Tri-Meet

 

4:30PM

 

Thu

04/30/09

@  Franklin Invitational

 

4:30PM

 

Tue

05/05/09

@  Northridge Quint Meet

 

4:30PM

 

Fri

05/08/09

Frank Chew Classic @ Madison

 

4:30PM

 

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Thu

05/14/09

@  SWBL League Track Meet

 

TBA

 

Sat

05/16/09

@  SWBL League Track Meet

 

TBA

 

Thu

05/21/09

@  District Track Meet

 

TBA

 

Sat

05/23/09

@  District Track Meet

 

TBA

 

Thu

05/28/09

@  Regional Track Meet

 

TBA

 

Sat

05/30/09

@  Regional Track Meet

 

TBA

 

Fri

06/05/09

@  State Track Meet

 

TBA

 

Sat

06/06/09

@  State Track Meet

 

TBA

 

Alex’s first unsolicited college letter for Track and Field

Wow…it’s started.  Today, Alex received his first college inquiry for his grades and for is Track abilities.  I know I talk about Alex’s feats in Track a lot, but he is actually very smart, too.  I know, this is his Dad talking, but he is in all the Honors classes in school (i.e., Language Arts, Chemistry, German, and Math).  So, he’s not just a draw for colleges because of his athletic abilities, but we’re also looking for potential academic scholarships.

Poor Alex.  He’s away on a youth outing to Tennessee this weekend.  He won’t even know about this letter until Sunday night, when he returns.

Anyway…here’s what came today.  If you click on the images of the actual letter, you should be able to actually read it.

Alex - Waynesurg University 001  Alex - Waynesurg University 002

Alex - Waynesurg University 004  Alex - Waynesurg University 007

Alex - Waynesurg University 005  Alex - Waynesurg University 006

The Time sheet from Alex’s State Meet

If you click on this image to view the large image, you’ll see in Green, the fellow that nosed Alex out of 4th place in his heat by 100th of a second at the State meet last week, in the 400m.

Those in Red, are the Qualifiers for the final race, who actually had worse times than Alex did.Alex State Track Sheet Marks

As you know from my earlier blog posts, at State they took the top 4 from each heat (2 heats) no matter who had the fastest times.  We’re in no way upset by this rule, but you have to consider that to have the *best* state final race in the 400m, you’d want the best (or fastest) runners in it.  They made this rule (taking the top 4) due to specific technologies not being in place to handle an automated race.  However, at State, all of the technologies they need for an automated race are in place.  Also, consider that the 400m is the *only* race where this rule applies.  In the 100m and the 200m, the fastest times go forward (not the top 4 finishers).  In the 800m and above (1600m, 3200m) they don’t even have heats or qualifying rounds.  Everyone races together, and the winner is just the winner.

So, this rule only applies the to the 400m which, to me, seems a bit strange.

Nice write-up about Alex’s trip to State in the local paper – along with pics

I’ll be posting my pics, video and story soon (today or tomorrow), but folks around here have been talking about Alex’s news in the local paper.  We were confronted with a copy of the paper today, and I just love the photo they included.  You can see Alex giving it all he’s got (looks like he’s changing into the Incredible Hulk!)…

Alex State Run 2008 026

Hmmm…maybe, we should rent Alex’s picture to the movie folks to help market the new Hulk movie coming out…hmmm…

I can’t find the article online right now — strange.  The local paper writes it in a way that even they believe the State rules may need to change.  Alex was bumped out of the finals by a couples kids that were actually slower.  Seems to me you want the fastest runners in a finals.  Also, note that in the paper article it says that Alex was the 8th fastest.  He actually had the 7th fastest qualifying time, against a horrible wind.

From the print article (Middletown Journal, Saturday, June 7, 2008, Section B – Front Page)…

Mohawk 400-meter runner Alex Trent was barely nosed out of the event finals.  Officials advanced the top four finishers from the two heats, not the top eight overall times.  Trent turned in the eight-fastest time (50.39), but finished fifth in his heat.  Adding salt to the wound a bit, Trent was nosed out by Chardon Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin’s Joe Vucic by 1/100th of a second.

Here’s some more photos they have up on the newspaper web site (you can click the photos to see a larger view)…

Madison's Alex Trent warms up before getting set for the start of the 400-meter dash Friday, June 6, at the 2008 OHSAA State Track and Field Championship in Columbus. 

Madison's Alex Trent warms up before getting set for the start of the 400-meter dash Friday, June 6, at the 2008 OHSAA State Track and Field Championship in Columbus.

 

Madison's Alex Trent fights to the finish during the 400-meter dash Friday, June 6, at the 2008 OHSAA State Track and Field Championship in Columbus.

Madison's Alex Trent fights to the finish during the 400-meter dash Friday, June 6, at the 2008 OHSAA State Track and Field Championship in Columbus.

 

Madison's Alex Trent gets off the blocks in the 400-meter dash Friday, June 6, at the 2008 OHSAA State Track and Field Championship in Columbus.

Madison's Alex Trent gets off the blocks in the 400-meter dash Friday, June 6, at the 2008 OHSAA State Track and Field Championship in Columbus.

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So, that’s what the local paper has so far.  I’ll post our photos, videos, and the complete story soon.

alex finishes at state with the top 7th time in the 400m

despite finishing with the top 7th time in the prelims of the 400m at state, he doesn't move on to the finals. even though the event was fully automated they took the top 4 finishers in each heat. alex finished 5th by a hair in his heat, yet had the 7th top time. if he would have been in the first heat he would have come in 3rd based on his time. crazy…but he now has some good experience for next year's race back to the state finals.