Track and Field
Wednesday at NJDC started early when the track opened for warm-ups 7:15 am. Georgia Blazers competed in the 800 and 100 meter races.
James Adams (Acworth) and Collin Lancaster (Bethlehem) were first up in the 800 meters. James started things off for the Blazers with a blistering 2:45.21 to set a new National Record in the U23 T52 class and more than 7 seconds faster than his Dixie Games time. Collin kept the early winning streak going for the Blazers with a 4:09.38 to win the U11 TR 54 800 meters with a time of 4:09.38.
The 100 dash finals started with Chance Boyd (Atlanta) in the T35 class. Chance is one of 3 Blazers competing in his very first NJDC. Chance improved is Dixie Games time by 3 seconds to finish second in the U16 T35 100m dash with a time of 31.16, a personal record.
Bryan Powell (Marietta) and Curran Brown (Johns Creek) are competing in their last meet prior to going to Puerto Rico in August for the IWAS World Junior Games. Bryan worked out the bugs with his new Eagle racing chair and smoked the 100 meters to set a new National Record in the U20, T33 class with a time of 23.40, more than 1.5 seconds faster than his Dixie Games time. Curran, whose area of expertise is field events pushed a 23.22 to place fourth in the U20 T54 class.
James Adams and Collin Lancaster both rebounded well off their first place 800 meter races to finish first in their respective 100 meter races. Collin Lancaster pushed a 25.49 seconds for a new PR, 1.1 seconds faster than Dixie Games. James was looking to improve on his sub 20 second time at the Dixie Games. James finished first with a 19.58, just off his Dixie performance.
Wheelchair Field Results
After a short lunch break, three Blazers competed in the wheelchair field events. First up was 2013 Georgia High School State Champion and State Record holder in the shotput, Curran Brown. Curran fell short of a PR in the shotput, but won the event with a put of 5.16 meters. She bounced back well and set her second consecutive National Record in the discus with a throw of 13.97 meters. Curran finished the day with a first place performance in javelin, throwing 10.21 meters.
Bryan Powell (Marietta) set a PR in the shotput with a first place throw of 5.27 meters. He also placed first in the discus and javelin with throws of 9.94 and 11.42 meters respectively.
Collin Lancaster rounded out the wheelchair field events for the Blazers on Day 5 and set his second consecutive National Record in as many meets in the discus with a throw of 7.05 m. Collin also won the U11 T54 shotput with a throw of 3.27m and the javelin with a toss of 10.08 m, both performance just off his personal best.
The Blazers had a good day in the first of two days of track and field. Blazers competed in 16 events and had 14 first place finishes, 1 second place and 1 fourth place finish, 4 National Records and 9 Personal Records.