Largest Georgia Blazers Contingent to Compete at 2012 Junior Nationals

 

Christina Young Wins Top Honor

The Georgia Blazers’ Track Team finished up competition at the 2012 NJDC with more PR’s, first place finishes and top honors for the fastest female racer.

Bryan Powell saved off 13 seconds and set a new personal record with a first place T33 time of 1:43.6. James Adams did not change his race strategy and led Heat 5 from start to finish and won with a time of 1:11.7. Josh Joines had his fourth  personal best (1:29.97) and finished second in the T54/U16 division. Collin Lancaster finished up the racing for the guys with a 3rd place finish and a time just short of a PR, 2:02.24.

Christina Young posted the fast time with the girls’ division and won the T53/U20 division with a time of 1:10.78. Curran Brown finished second in the T54/U18 and also pushed a personal best of 3:10.17.

Meet organizers offered a 100 meter challenge race for the top fastest eight female racers. The Blazers Christina Young was not only selected to race, but she won the race against a strong head win with a time of 20.1 seconds.

For all the 2012 NJDC results visit: http://www.njdc2012.com/Results.html

 

Day 4 Update 2:

Georgia Blazing in Arizona!

The Georgia Blazers’ Track Team lit up the Arizona night at the Mesa Community College track venue in the 800 meter and 200 meter races.

In the 800 meters, the Blazers pick up where they left off last night.  Bryan Powell set a new personal record with a first place T33 time of 3:55.87. James Adams led Heat 3 from start to finish and won with a time of 2:33.41. Josh Joines also had a personal best (3:15.38) and finished second in the T54/U16 division.

Christina Young posted the fast time with the girls’ division and won the T53/U20 division with a time of 2:29.0. Curran Brown finished second in the T54/U18 and also pushed a personal best of 3:10.17

After a short break, the 200 meter race started with Bryan Powell setting his third consecutive PR with a winning time of 52.66. James Adams also made it 3 for 3 by winning his heat with a time of 36.57. Josh Joines continued to face stiff competition in the T54/U16 division, but had a PR time of 44.8 for a second place finish. Collin Lancaster just missed setting his second PR in two nights with a third place time of 58.48.

Christina Young joined James Adams and Bryan Powell and was 3 for 3 and again had the fast female time of the meet at 35.2.  Curran Brown finished off the Blazers great night on the track with a second place finish and a time of 45.04, which was her personal best.

Collin Lancaster, Curran Brown, Josh Joines, James Adams, Christina Young and Bryan Powell.

In all the Blazers had six first place finishes, 2 second place and one third place finish.

Track events conclude on Saturday morning with the 400 meter races.

To follow the action and the Georgia Blazers’ result visit:

http://www.blazesports.org/2012/07/georgia-blazers-to-compete-at-junior-nationals/

For all the 2012 NJDC results visit: http://www.njdc2012.com/Results.html

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Day 4 Update 1:

Georgia Blazers Complete Field Events with a Sweep!

Curran Brown (Alpharetta) and Collin Lancaster (Bethlehem) competed in Day 2 of field events to round out the Georgia Blazers participation in the 2012 NJDC field competition.

Curran Brown competes in the javelin and finishes first in the F55 division.

Curran recorded personal record performances in the shot put and discus with throws of 5.96 and 10.32 meters respectively. Her javelin results fell just short of a PR with a throw of 10.38 meters. All three results were first place finishes.

Collin Lancaster set a PR in the javelin throw with a first place toss of 7.61.  He also had first place finishes in the shot put and discus which fell just short of his personal best.  His shot put was 3.10 meters and his discus was 5.15 meters.

Collin Lancaster sets a personal record in the turbo jav at 7.61 meters

In all, the Georgia Blazers competed in 14 field events and recorded 14 first place  finishes adding to he 35 first place finishes earned by the Georgia Blazer swimmers.

Track events continue on tonight with the 800 and 200 meter races and the 400 on Saturday.

To follow the action and the Georgia Blazers’ result visit:

http://www.blazesports.org/2012/07/georgia-blazers-to-compete-at-junior-nationals/

For all the 2012 NJDC results visit: http://www.njdc2012.com/Results.html

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Day 3 Update 2:

Georgia Blazers Open Track Events AT NJDC

The wheelchair track competition started at the 2012 NJDC on Thursday evening with the 100 meter dash. All six Blazers raced in the 100 meters. Bryan Powell (Marietta) and James Adams (Acworth) started off the evening’s track racing in Heat 6 of the 100 meter races.   James took over all honors winning the race with a season best 19.27. Bryan finished with an overall personal best of 25.17 to capture first place in the T33 division.

Christina Young (Cartersville) and Curran Brown (Alpharetta) followed in the heat featuring the some of the top 16-19 year old girls in the country. Christina smoked the field with a season best 19.54, while Curran finished second in the U18/T54 division with a personal best 24.50. Christina received sponsorship from the Kyle Pease Foundation. For more information about the Kyle Pease Foundation visit: race.kylepease.org/foundation.html.

GA Blazers (left to right) Christina Young, Josh Joines, Curran Brown, James Adams, Bryan Powell and Collin Lancaster.

Josh Joines (Kennesaw) and Collin Lancaster (Bethlehem) finished the Blazers 100 meter dashes with two personal best times. Josh shaved almost 4 seconds off his Dixie Games time with a 22.98.  Collin did almost as well dropping his Dixie game time by 3 seconds with a time of 26.67.

Field events continue on Friday with Collin Lancaster and Curran Brown. Track events continue on Friday with the 800 and 200 meter races.

To follow the action and the Georgia Blazers’ result visit:

http://www.blazesports.org/2012/07/georgia-blazers-to-compete-at-junior-nationals/

For all the 2012 NJDC results visit: http://www.njdc2012.com/Results.html

Day 3 Update 1:

Georgia Blazers Open with Field Events AT NJDC

The Georgia Blazers Track Team arrived in Meza on Wednesday, July 25 and like the swimmers will got a lite workout in and have an athlete go through classification. Competition started on Thursday morning with field events. Three of the six Blazers competed in the shotput, discus and javelin.  Wednesday morning results included:                                                                                                

Josh Joines (Kennesaw)recorded three first place finishes in the U16/F58 field events with 2 of 3 PR performances.  He started with the shotput and threw 5.52 meters, just short of his personal best that he had at the Dixie Games in May. In the discus he had warmed up a bit and threw a PR at 13.90. Finally in the javelin, he had a big PR with a throw of 16.20 meters.     

Josh Joines sets a PR in the javelin with a throw of 16.20 meters.

Bryan Powell (Marietta) is competing in new age group, U18.  The current national record holder in all three field events, Bryan was looking to have a solid performance, despite competing at 7:00 am to beat the Arizona heat.  Bryan started with a PR throw in the shotput with a toss of 4.89 meters.  His discus fell just short of a PR, but was still good for a first place finish in the U18/F33 division with a 10.34 meter throw. Like Josh Joines, Bryan regrouped in the javelin and had a PR throw of 10.91 to sweep his field events with three first place finishes.

Bryan Powell (throwing the discus) wins all three F33 field events

Christina Young (Cartersville) competed in the U20/F55 division in the discus and javelin wining both with throws of 10.16 and 9.14. She missed the shotput because of a mistake by her coach, Jeff jones. Christina received sponsorship from the Kyle Pease Foundation. For more information about the Kyle Pease Foundation visit: race.kylepease.org/foundation.html.

Christina Young, sponsored by the Kyle Pease Foundation, wins the javelin and shotput in the F55 division

Track competition starts with the 100 meter dash on Thursday evening. All six Blazers will race in the 100 meters race.  Field continues on Friday with Collin Lancaster and Curran Brown. Track events continue on Friday and Saturday. All six of the Blazers will compete in the 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m races.

To follow the action and the Georgia Blazers’ result visit:

http://www.blazesports.org/2012/07/georgia-blazers-to-compete-at-junior-nationals/

For all the 2012 NJDC results visit: http://www.njdc2012.com/Results.html

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Day 2 Update:

The BlazeSports Swim Team finished up two days of competition at the 2012 National Junior Disability Championships (NJDC) with six swimmers competing in ten different events on Tuesday, July 24 for a total of 26 swims.  Day 1 of the swim competition was cut short due to a lightning storm, making Day 2 of competition a long night for the Blazers. Tuesday’s competition included the 50 meter freestyle, the race historically used to determine a meet’s fastest swimmers. GA Blazers Trey Davis (31.40) and Madelyn White (48.5 1) won that honor today!

Individually, our swim results on Day 2 were:

Victoria Beelner (Decatur):
100 free: 4:31.92
50 back: 2:23.63
25 fly: 1:10.84
25 back: 1:10.29
50 free: 2:16.10
Trey Davis (Dalton):
50 Breast: :58.08
100 free: 1:10.59
100 IM: 1:32.64
100 back: 1:25.92
50 free: :31.40
Nadia Hopkins (Big Canoe):
100 free: 1:51.38
50 back: 1:02.93
100 IM: 2:10.47
100 back: 2:11.25
50 free: 51.96
100 Fly: 2:29.94
Maya Kahn (Marietta):
50 Breast: 1:31.44
100 free: 3:31.55
25 fly: 50.3
25 back: 46.97
50 free: 1:32.35
Collin Lancaster (Bethlehem): 25 back: 55.46
Madelyn White (Macon):
100 free: 1:44.27
50 back: 57.40
25 fly: 30.2
100 IM: 2:07.49
50 free: 48.51

Note: Official results were not available at the time of this posting. These results will be updated with place finishes as soon as possible.

Special thanks to our Head Swim Coach, Fred Lambach and parent volunteer Kelly White for all their help making this a very successful and fun event for our Georgia Blazers.

Note: BlazeSports America operates swimming programs in Augusta, Decatur, Macon and Marietta.  The program is open to children and young adults with physical disabilities who have an interest in either recreational swimming or competitive swimming. For more information contact Jeff Jones at jjones@blazesports.org.
The Georgia Blazers Track and Field Team arrived in Mesa on Wednesday and will begin competition on Thursday.  To follow the action and the Georgia Blazers’ result visit:

http://www.blazesports.org/2012/07/georgia-blazers-to-compete-at-junior-nationals/
For all the 2012 NJDC results visit: http://www.njdc2012.com/Results.html

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Day 1 Update – Swimming cut short due to weather.

The BlazeSports Swim Team opened competition at the 2012 National Junior Disability Championships (NJDC) with six swimmers scheduled to compete in eight different events on Monday, July 23 for a total of 21 swims.  The 25 meter outdoor pool at the Kino Aquatic Center featured more than 72 swimmers from throughout the United States. The competition was suspended after 14 events due to a lightning storm.

 

GA Blazers (lane 1, 3 and 6) prepare for the start of the 25 free.

 

Individually, the Blazers’ unofficial results on day 1 were:

Victoria Beelner (Decatur): 
25 free: 51.59
25 breast: 55.36

Trey Davis (Dalton):
200 free: 2:48.66
50 Fly: 39.35                                                                                                 

Nadia Hopkins (Big Canoe):
200 free: 3:56.5                                                                                                   
50 Fly: 1:03.11                                                                                               

Maya Kahn (Marietta):                                                                                                
25 breast: 40,85                                                                                                  
25 free: 34.70                                                                                                                      

Collin Lancaster (Bethlehem):
25 free:46.55                                                            

Madelyn White (Macon):                                                                                     
200 free: 3:39.77                                                                                                 
25 free: 21.87                                                                                            

The Blazers Swim Team will be back at it again Tuesday night competing in the remaining events from Monday (50 Breast, 100 free) and 50 back)  and Tuesday’s events: 25 Fly, 100 IM, 25 back, 100 back and the 50 free.

To follow the action and the Georgia Blazers’ result visit:

http://www.blazesports.org/2012/07/georgia-blazers-to-compete-at-junior-nationals/

For all the 2012 NJDC results visit: http://www.njdc2012.com/Results.html

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BlazeSports America is sending the largest Georgia Blazer contingent to 2012 National Junior Disability Championships in the past six years.  Six swimmers and six track and field athletes will compete at various times during the week- long competition.

This year’s Championships, hosted by the Arizona Disabled Sports, the   will bring together  over 300 of the top athletes with physical disabilities aged seven  to twenty-three, coaches and families from around the nation.  Athletes will compete in track, field, pentathlon, swimming, archery, table tennis, and powerlifting.

The Georgia Blazers will be represented by:

Swim Team Track Team
Victoria Beeler Decatur James Adams Acworth
Trey Davis Dalton Curran Brown Alpharetta
Nadia Hopkins Big Canoe Josh Joines Kennesaw
Maya Kahn Marietta Collin Lancaster Bethlehem
Madelyn White Macon Bryan Powell Marietta
 Collin Lancaster  Bethlehem Christina Young Cartersville
Head Swim Coach: Fred Lamback Head Track Coach: Jeff Jones
Parent Vounteer: Kelly White Assistant Coaches: Gillian Sharp, Felipe Rodrigues
Parent Volunteers: Marc Lancaster, Jason Joines

The Georgia Blazers Swim Team arrive in Mesa on Sunday, July 22.  The team will have a short workout followed by classification. Classification is a system that groups athletes in divisions based on different functional ability.  The swim competition is held on Monday and Tuesday and five of our six swimmers will compete in seven different events ranging from the 25 meter free style to the 50 meter butterfly to the 200 meter freestyle.

The Georgia Blazers Track Team arrives in Mesa on Wednesday, July 25 and like the swimmers will have a short workout followed by classification. Competition starts on Thursday morning with field events. Five of the six Blazers are competing in shot put, discus and javelin.  Thursday evening, track competition kicks off with the 100 meter dash. Track and Field continues on Friday and Saturday. All six of the Blazers will compete in the 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m races.

Results will be posted daily on our website. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest information on events and athlete stories.  Best of luck to all the Georgia Blazers!

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