My 65-pound just-turned-11-year-old is in her first season of track. It’s only a 4-meet season and it’s pretty casual. I’ve commented before about her potential (not as her dad; actually being objective). A couple of weeks ago, she had her first meet, and she won the 800. While her time (3:13) and her margin of victory (3 seconds) aren’t overly impressive, take a look at the video; she was simply playing with the field. Immediately after the race, she walked over to me an just started chatting like she’d only warmed up. You see her take off when if someone started to reel her in on a couple of occasions. With no real training outside of soccer and a few runs, I think she has a very pretty middle-distance stride.
Here’s a link if you want to download the video: https://www.yousendit.com/download/UVJqa3ZJeDNqV0FPd3NUQw
Side note: The track she did it on holds some special memories for me. In 1982, I broke the school record for the mile there. On prom night. I had my tux in the car, and my best friend picked up my date along with his and took her to the dinner. After the race, I showered, changed and met her at the dance. When I walked in, she said, “Just tell me if you did it or not, then I don’t want to hear about it the rest of the night.” Then, in 2007, I got to see my then-25-year-old 3200 school record broken on that same track. Now, I’ve seen my youngest win her first race on the same track.
NOTE: I just edited the link. If you tried it before and it didn’t work, it should now.
NOTE NOTE: I edited it a second time and now I KNOW it works. Sorry.