Bryan Powell (15 yrs), Colin Lancaster (7 yrs) and Christina Young (17 yrs) represented the Georgia Blazers’ Track and Field team at the 2011 National Junior Disability Championships being held in Saginaw, MI. The final day of track competition was a repeat of Day 2 with overcast skies and virtually no wind making for almost ideal race conditions.
Bryan was up first in the 400 meters. He pushed a conservative race because of ongoing compensator problems, but still finished in first place. His time off 2:04.13 was well off his qualifying time of 1:51.8, but he just missed the national record of 2:03.00. Bryan finished the meet with 6 first place performances, 3 new national records and 5 personal records and already has his sights set on next year’s nationals.
The 400 meters was Colin’s last chance to beat the powerhouse Jeremy Tantsits (9 yrs) from New Jersey after finishing second to him in his first three races. Colin pushed a great race and did beat Jeremy at the finish line with a time of 1:54.2 compared to Jeremy’s 1:55.8. Unfortunately, Colin was disqualified for a lane violation in the second turn. Colin had a great first experience at NJDC with three first place finishes in field events, two of which were personal records, and three second place finishes in track events.
Christina Young finished the day off for the Blazers racing against Hannah McFadden in the 400 meters though they were in different age groups. Going into day three, Hannah had the head-to-head advantage with 2 wins in three races. The 400 meters was Christina’s chance to tie things up. Both girls got off to a great start and were even coming off the 330 turn. Hannah just did out push Christina to finish at 1:10.31 to Christina’s 1:10.93.
Christina was selected for an US Paralympic Preview 100 meter dash race of the top 8 female wheelchair racers. Seeded second to Hannah McFadden, Christina battled a bad start and just missed catching up finishing a great track meet with a 20.25 sec. Overall, Christina recorded 7 first place finishes and one second place.