It seems that almost every week there is a story in the newspaper about the NW Flyers.Here is a sample of some recent press!Click the link to see each story. Houston Chronicle Sports - NWF Walker Keeps Busy
A nice up close and personal story on NWF sprinter Sean Walker.
Youth Runner Magazine - NW Flyers Home Track Meet on May 21
The NW Flyers home track meet held at Rice Univ on May 21 continues to get attention as it was hi-lited in the most recent issue of Youth Runner Magazine, a national publication on youth track and field! There are 2 photos in the article – a great shot of the meet, and a great action picture of the NW Flyers Youth Girls 4 x 100 relay. Click the link:
“The Sun Newspapers” – NW Flyers Qualify for National Junior Olympics
The NW Flyers outstanding performances at the USATF Region 12 state-wide track championships resulted in wonderful coverage in the Klein, Tomball, Cy-Fair, Highway 6, and The Woodlands community papers. One article features a great picture of NW Flyers Sean Walker winning the 200M dash in the YB division at UT Arlington. Click the link:
by JASON BAKER, CHRONICLE CORRESPONDENT published February 10, 2011 9:08 am
Northwest Flyers Track Club director Pal Roach had a simple message to the audience in the auditorium, "It starts here in this room."
Roach, is one of the coaches for the club, a track organization for youth ages 6-18. The club is affiliated with USA Track and Field.
Saturday, the club hosted a free breakfast and registration event at the Cypress Creek Christian Community Center Forum where parents could sign up their children for the upcoming track season that begins the week of April 2nd.
"It's a comprehensive track organization where we teach, train and develop athletes in all traditional events," Roach said.
According to Roach, the club was founded 24 years ago by Olympic gold medalist Fred Newhouse. When it first started, Newhouse had two members, his two daughters. Last year, Northwest Flyers had around 265 athletes, 58 of whom had qualified to compete on a national level, 36 at the Junior Olympics in Sacramento, Calif. and 22 for the Cross Country Junior Olympics in Hoover, Ala.
One of those athletes, Leslie Schilsky, competed at the Junior Olympics last summer and placed 3rd in the 400-meter hurdles.
"It was exciting, nerve-racking but fun," Schilsky said of her experience.
Schilsky, a junior at Cypress Creek High School, also competes in the 4x400 relay, the 800 and 1600 meter runs. This year will be in her fourth year with the club and looking to compete at the World Youth Championships in France later in the summer.
Those who showed up were not only treated to a presentation explaining USA Track and Field but also an appearance by former San Francisco 49ers cornerback Tyrone Smith. Smith who went to Willowridge High School and Baylor University said track was a big part of his life and helped him with football.
Smith said that he stuck with track from his days in middle school to even doing workout during the off-season while in the NFL
"Track was truly an outlet for me," Smith told the audience.
Smith spoke to the youth about not being afraid to dream.
"The road to success is always under construction," he told the audience.
During Smith's speech, he challenged one of the members to a possible race, Cori Runnels, an 8th grader from Cardiff Middle School, who just so happens to be a three-time national champion in the discus event.
Runnels also competes in shot put, the 200- and 400-meter run and high jump and has been with the Flyers since she was 8-years-old.
"I always ran around a lot," Runnels said when she was younger. Runnels said her father signed her up and has loved it since.
Runnels said she likes doing both track and field events because it makes her more of an all-around person.
Roach said that several of the members that graduate to college continue competing in track and field on the collegiate level. And many of the members tour colleges during the season, tour colleges.
"The kids get to travel across the state and across the country," Roach said. "It's a great educational experience."
Roach said that every year they host a meet at Klein Stadium in May which Roach said is one of the largest meets in Texas where they have around 3,000 athletes and 5,000 spectators.
The cost to join the Northwest Flyers Club is $150 for the whole year and the first practice starts the week of Feb. 14. Roach said anyone that was interested can sign up until Feb. 14, however the club will have a second sign-up the first week of April for middle school and high schools students finishing up their season with their schools.
NW Flyers at the Great SW Track Classic in Albuquerque, NM
NW Flyers high school athletes had strong performances last weekend at the Great SW Track Meet June 5-6. This is considered one of the 4 most prestigious post-season high school invitationals in the nation. The meet is sponsored by a national high school sports association and co-sponsored by USATF. It is held at the University of New Mexico - a top notch "track only" stadium that seats 15,000. This meet, as in the past, had very high quality competition and produced several #1 national high school performances for the season and several national high school records. It is also well known as a college recruiting venue with over 150 college coaches / recruiters in attendance, with many of the nation's major college and university athletic programs actively recruiting at the track meet.
The meet has an exciting format - it is a point scoring meet where each state fights for the overall boys and girls state team title. The Texas selection committee invited 10 NW Flyers high school athletes based on this year’s varsity HS performances and / or past club track performances, and 9 made the trip to compete - each representing their high schools and Team Texas.
For NW Flyers, the three performance hi-lites of the meet were:
· Devin Bogert winning in the javelin with a new meet record and being named outstanding field event athlete of the entire meet · Jeff Davis running a great leg for Team Texas to win 1st place victory in the hotly contested 4 x 400 relay · Britanny Wooten getting a tie for 2nd in an outstanding field of pole vaulters.
May 28, 2010
NW Flyers Soar at Home Track Meet on May 22, 2010 !!!
The NW Flyers are known state-wide and nationwide for hosting great track meets. We are great hosts when it comes to setting-up a national caliber track facility, great concessions, top notch competition. Even though we were guests at Spring ISD Stadium I am proud to say – WE DIDN’T ACT LIKE GUESTS, WE ACTED LIKE WE OWNED THE PLACE AS NW FLYERS ATHLETES TRIED IN EVERY EVENT TO WIN EVERYTHING IN SIGHT!!!
In the biggest youth track meet so far this year in Texas with approximately 2000 athletes from greater Houston, east to Beaumont / Port Arthur, north to Ft. Worth, Waco, west to Austin, and south to Galveston the NW Flyers had an unprecedented number of INDIVIDUAL AND RELAY medal winners.
The coaches were extremely proud of the gritty performances race after race and we won medals in every age bracket, every event, both on the track and in the field events. Congratulations on a tremendous team effort.
February 7, 2010
Guest Speaker Coach Andrew Blanks Asks NW Flyers To “Think Beyond Your Own Expectations !!!”
Coach Blanks is considered by many to be one of the best high school hurdles coaches in the country, having personally guided several athletes to national high school championships in that event, then on to NCAA championships, and then on to the Olympics! Still today, Coach Blank’s teams at Westbury High School regularly win the Texas state high school meet.
Coach Blanks is the ONLY high school coach in history to have two of his former athletes make the Olympic finals in the same track event at the same Olympic Games (Bennie Brazell former LSU star and Bayo Kamani both made the Olympic finals in the 400M hurdles at Athens) !!!
Coach Blanks is an accomplished track athlete (sprints) himself, having been a state HS champ and an all-American athlete at TSU where he competed in college. Coach Blanks has been an invaluable supporter of USATF youth track in the Gulf Assoc for decades - he serves as a coach, official, and volunteer.
At the breakfast, Coach Blanks gave a special motivational message to “Think Beyond Your Own Expectations” in youth track and that will lead to success in sport and in life. He told an inspiring story about his success on the track in middle and high school despite limited access to training resources and equipment. Because of his success as a high school athlete, Coach Blanks found himself with a college track scholarship at Texas Southern Univ and roommate of US Olympic gold medalist Jim Hines. Coach Blanks related that he was not mentally prepared for collegiate athletics because he was too “proud” of his high school accomplishments. Although he was the punch line in this funny story, Coach Blanks said that he wore a high track T-shirt to his first college track practice. His teammates including Olympic gold medalist Jim Hines surrounded him, ripped the shirt off, tore it into tiny pieces and told him that “he was now training and living with men that have already accomplished things that he never even dreamed of”. In other words forget about high school and show some respect rookie !!! Coach Blanks realized that his pride in past accomplishment was limiting his ability to be successful in college. That incident helped him to “think beyond his own expectations” to work, train, and compete beyond his old high school point of reference.
EVERY ATHLETE COMES TO A NEW SPORTS EXPERIENCE THINKING OF SOME PAST SUCCESS. IS THAT LIMITING YOUR ABILITY TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN YOUR NEW CHALLENGE?
I think every athlete attending was inspired to “Think Beyond Your Own Expectations” in sport, in the classroom, and in life by Coach Andrew Blank’s comments that morning. Every NW Flyer athlete, coach, and parent won’t soon forget Coach Blanks’ message.
August 14, 2009
The NW Flyers “Tops” at the USA Track & Field Junior Olympics in Greensboro, NC !!!
From July 28 – August 2, the Northwest Flyers competed in the USATF National Junior Olympics hosted at the Irwin Belk Track at North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro, North Carolina. The NW Flyers had forty-two (42) athletes qualify in fifty-six (56) individual events – both team records. The USATF JOs is the most prestigious track meet in youth sports. Only the top 45 athletes in the country per age group / event as determined by 15 regional championships get the honor to compete.
Greensboro, NC is the perfect location for a national championship in track & field – both the quality of the competition facility and the excitement of the local attractions. North Carolina A&T’s Irwin Belk Track, with its 24,000 capacity horseshoe-shaped seating area and a blue-colored track, has become one of the premiere track and field facilities in the country. The Irwin Belk Track has hosted the 2009 NCAA East Regionals, the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Track & Field Championships, the International Friendship and Freedom Games and the State Games Meets.
IN SUMMARY ... THE NW FLYERS EARNED FIFTEEN (15) INDIVIDUAL MEDALS, TWO (2) RELAY MEDALS, AND FIVE (5) NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS IN GREENSBORO!!!
February 7, 2009
Guest Speaker Judy Harrison Asks NW Flyers “Are You Ready to Commit?”
Over 600 people gathered to hear Judy Harrison, manager of the US Olympic Women’s Track Team, as the guest speaker at the annual NW Flyers breakfast. Judy competed in cross country and track & field for the University of Illinois and for the Illini Track Club. She qualified for the national AIAW track & field meet in the 880 yard dash all four years. She started her coaching career at the University of Illinois in 1974-75 as assistant women’s track & field coach. She then spent five years coaching at the high school level in the Houston area before accepting the position of Women’s Track & Field Head Coach at San Jacinto College . During her tenure at San Jacinto , her teams won two NJCAA National Championships and finished second seven times. She was named NJCAA Coach of the Year five times. Her athletes achieved success on the track and in the classroom. She coached 136 NJCAA All-Americans and 6 Olympians.
Judy has been involved with track & field at the national and international levels. She attended the first TAC (The Athletics Congress) meetings in 1979 and has been active in the national track & field organization since then. She served in several leadership capacities for the United States Olympic Festival including coordinator for women’s track & field. She has been a manager on several USA National Teams. Most recently, she served as the manager for the USA Women’s Track & Field Team at the 2008 World junior Championships in Poland . The highest honor in her coaching career occurred in 2000 when she served as the Assistant Manager for the USA Women’s Olympic Track & Field Team in Sydney , Australia .
At the breakfast, Judy Harrison gave a special motivational message on how youth track can lead to success in sport and in life if the athlete commits to hard work, training, and competition with your team. Every NW Flyer athlete, coach, and parent won’t soon forget Judy’s message.
I think every athlete attending was inspired to “Commit for Success” in sport, in the classroom, and in life by Judy Harrison’s comments that morning.
July 29, 2008
NW Flyers College Scholarship Program
This year the NW Flyers had a very strong group of high school seniors that trained and competed all through the end of their senior summer. What dedication! We wish all of our graduating seniors the best of success as they have been outstanding young people in sport, the community, and in school.
I am happy to announce that eight (8) NW Flyers seniors on this season's roster have been recruited into collegiate track & field programs. That breaks the team record of 6 set last year. We wish our “recruited” seniors the strength to train harder so they can run faster, jump higher, and throw farther at the college level. Join me in offering your best wishes to:
Athlete High School College Event
Michael Barbas Jersey Village HS Duke Univ Throws Dana Dolejsi Cy-Creek HS Texas State Univ Distance Derik Douglas Cy-Fair HS Oklahoma Baptist Univ Hurdles Lauren Eickemeyer Lutheran No HS Concordia Univ(NE) Throws Kent Figgs Jr Cy-Fair HS Texas Tech Univ Hurdles Danielle Ordonez Cy-Fair HS Univ of TX at SA Sprints Alex Roach Cy-Creek HS Southern Methodist Univ Javelin Kalie Rover Concordia HS Baylor Univ Throws
June 23, 2008
NW Flyers at the US Olympic Trials (Eugene, OR)!!!
As was reported earlier in the season, Shanay Briscoe’s record breaking high jump performance (6’1.25”) at the Great SW Track Classic in Albuquerque, NM equaled the Olympic Games "A Standard" and earned Shanay an automatic invitation to the US Olympic Trials. Shanay is the first NW Flyer invited to the US Olympic trials while still a youth athlete and a current team member. Shanay jumps Monday June 30, 2008 at 7:15 PM pacific.
This is a monumental accomplishment. At this writing, only 10 high school girl athletes in the entire United States have been invited and Shanay is the only high school girl to make the Olympic A Standard. We wish Shanay and her family safe travel to / from the competition and the best of the Olympic spirit in her experience at the trials.
Check your local TV listings for the national broadcasts of the US Olympic Track & Field trials which begin this weekend.
For the record, two previous NW Flyers as "alumni" have competed in the US Olympic Trials:
– Vonda Newhouse, Rice University daughter of Olympic gold medalist and NW Flyers founder Fred Newhouse (200M dash, Atlanta – 1996) – Nicole Harrison, Princeton University and Ivy League record holder in every sprint hurdle event (100M hurdles, Sacramento – 2000)
May 5, 2008
NW Flyer Michael Barbas Wins National Milk Mustache Scholar Athlete Award
Jersey Village High School senior and long time NW Flyer Michael Barbas was selected by the Milk Processor Education Program (MilkPEP) and USA Today as one of the 25 winners of the 11th annual Scholar Athlete Milk Mustache of the Year (SAMMY 2008) Award Program. Barbas was selected from a pool of nearly 65,000 applicants.
Judging of the SAMMY 2008 nominees was based on five criteria: academic performance, athletic excellence, leadership, community service and Barbas’ milk experience essay. Preliminary judging was conducted by a qualified group of educators and coaches who selected the 75 finalists. A panel of celebrity judges (Mia Hamm, Tony Hawk, Michelle Kwan, Steve Nash, or Andy Roddick) then selected the final winners.
As a winner, Barbas will receive a $7,500 college scholarship from Milk, which will be forwarded directly to Barbas’ college of choice—Duke University. He and his family will be invited to attend a SAMMY 2008 weekend at Disney World in Orlando, Fla., scheduled for June 27-29, 2008.
Additionally, Barbas will have the opportunity to be pictured in special congratulatory Milk Mustache ads in June 2008 editions of either USA Today or ESPN The Magazine.
February 10, 2008
Guest Speaker Fred Newhouse Asks NW Flyers to “Be Your Best”
The Feb. 2nd breakfast event to “kickoff” the 2008 youth track & field season was a big success. Approximately 350 people attended – the largest event ever. Our guest speaker at the kickoff breakfast was Fred Newhouse, Olympic Gold Medalist and Founder of the Northwest Flyers Track Club twenty-one (21) years ago. Fred was a track standout at Prairie View A&M University where he won many championships and was named an NCAA All-American for 3 years. After graduation he moved on to international track & field competition while serving in the US Army and attending graduate school at the University of Washington. He set the world indoor track record at 45.6 for the 440 yard dash in 1970 in the Astrodome. In 1976 he won a Gold Medal in the 4 X 400-meter relay (split time 43.7!) and a Silver Medal in the 400-meter dash (44.4) at the Olympic Games in Montreal, Canada.
After retiring from competition, Fred became a leader of the Olympic movement in the U.S. In 1976 he served as Vice President and Treasurer of USA Track and Field. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of the United States Olympic Committee. He has served on the staff of numerous USA international teams. In 2000, Fred was the “Team Manager” for the United States Men’s Track and Field Team at the Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.
Fred encouraged our young athletes to “Be Your Best” by taking advantage of the unique opportunities provided by the NW Flyers Track Club:
1) Focus on developing yourself as an athlete – every child should come away from the season faster and stronger by practicing and competing with a purpose 2) Seek out educational opportunities – most of the championships are held at major universities across the country, every family should use that travel to visit / expose their child to the major educational institutions of this country 3) Grow spiritually – use the challenges, new friendships, and new places to learn more about your beliefs
I think every athlete attending was inspired to “Be Your Best” in sport, in the classroom, and in life by Fred Newhouse’s comments that morning.
August 25, 2007
The NW Flyers “Fly” at the USA Track & Field JOs in SOCAL !!!
From July 24 – 29, the Northwest Flyers competed in the USATF National Junior Olympics hosted at Mt. San Antonio College (“Mt. SAC”) in Walnut , CA. The NW Flyers had twenty-one (21) athletes qualify in thirty-two (32) individual events – both team records. The USATF JOs is the most prestigious track meet in youth sports. This meet is one of the prerequisites to earn a spot on the US National Junior team. Only the top 42 athletes in the country per age group / event as determined by 14 regional championships get the honor to compete. SOCAL is a perfect location for a national championship in track & field – both the quality of the competition facility and the excitement of the local attractions. Mt. SAC, home of the Mt. SAC Relays (the West coast version of the Penn Relays on the East coast) has one of the best competition surfaces in the country. The weather was ideal for track – with temperature highs in the low 90s and very low humidity. Although the LA area was somewhat smoggy, it was clear at Mt. SAC which is nestled between two ranges of dry hills and mountains. Many of our athletes got the opportunity to participate in several meet and area attractions, an important part of the travel experience of a national track & field championship.
IN SUMMARY ... THE NW FLYERS EARNED NINE (9) MEDALS AND THREE (3) NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS, AND SET TWO (2) NEW U.S. YOUTH TRACK NATIONAL RECORDS AT MT. SAC!!!
Every NW Flyers competed with great heart, and most of our athletes achieved personal records.
May 19, 2007
NW Flyers Hosts Largest One Day Youth Track Meet in Texas on May 19
The NW Flyers ran some very good track meets in the past few years so we were eligible for a prime late season weekend this year. With the middle school season and the high school season complete including “state” we expected a large turnout as youth track season is now in full swing. We took a chance and moved our meet to the much larger (more expensive) Klein Memorial Stadium. The NW Flyers track meet topped all expectations – a record athlete turnout, strong financial results and an outstanding team performance on the track in every age bracket and across all events. Even the weather was perfect for late May – lows 80s, sunny and clear, and unseasonably low humidity!!!
Approximately 1500 athletes and 2500 spectators from the "Gulf Coast" attended, which includes team from Beaumont / Port Arthur to Brenham to Galveston and all points in between including all of the Houston programs! The coaches and volunteers maintained control of the day and completed an ambitious track and field event schedule, which included the sprints, hurdles, distance, relays, all jumps (HJ, TJ, LJ) and all throws (shot, disc, jav), by 7:30 PM.
February 3, 2007
Bill Collins Asks NW Flyers to "Hold On To Your Dream"
Our guest speaker at the Feb 3 kickoff breakfast was USATF Hall of Famer Bill Collins. A standout runner most of his life, Bill Collins just had what could be called his best year ever. At 56, he was named male athlete of the year by the World Masters Athletics, the international association for masters track and field. He also was recognized as the master’s athlete of the year by USA Track and Field and featured in a special December 2006 edition of Sports Illustrated. Collins, a noted author of two books on sprinting, has been featured recently in the Houston Chronicle and on PBS Television.
Bill Collins is still actively competing. Professionally, Bill is a college football speed coach and fitness consultant. He was a high school state track champion and an All-American track star at Texas Christian University (TCU), and was inducted into the USA Track and Field Hall of Fame in 2003.
Like many of today’s superstar athletes – Bill’s initial success was quite modest. He tried out for his high school track team, which had a strong track program and he initially did not make the running team. The coach had him high jump to keep him on the team. He improved over time and ultimately became one of the hottest college prospects in track – receiving over 200 college scholarship offers as a senior.
Bill Collins told the story of how his own Olympic hopes were never realized. In 1976, he pulled a hamstring 60 meters into the U.S. qualifying finals for the 100 and the U.S. boycott kept him away from the 1980 Moscow Games. Despite these crushing disappointments that he had no control over, Bill continued to compete in track and field, winning several US national championship and achieving the number ranking in the world.
Because of prior injuries Bill retooled his training to focus on strength and conditioning instead of traditional sprint workouts so he would not stress those injuries. In addition to minimizing injuries, as an unexpected benefit to this training he discovered that his athletic ability did not decline as he got older – and he essentially ran as fast at age 35 as he did at age 25. That is when he began to re-write the record books as he soon broke every world master’s track & field record in the sprints. Bill now holds 20 world records !!!
Bill encouraged our young athletes to have fun training and competing, trust in your coaches and parents, and recognize that success in track requires a long-term commitment.
Bill Collins stayed after the breakfast event for pictures and autographs with our athletes and families and answered questions one on one for quite a while. Bill is a real gentleman, and a great example for other role models in sport.
I think every parent and athlete attending was inspired to “Hold On To Your Dream” in sport, in the classroom, and in life by Bill Collins’ comments that morning.
August 21, 2006
Sports Illustrated Highlights Two (2) Northwest Flyers in This Week’s Issue !!!!
Sports Illustrated highlights a current NW Flyers athlete (Shanay Briscoe – see “Faces in the Crowd” story on her JO national championships) and a graduate of the NW Flyers athlete (U. T. Longhorn All American defensive end Brian Robinson – see NCAA Fall Football Preview) in the same issue Aug 21, 2006 issue. WOW!!! Here is the link to the online version to read:
The NW Flyers Shine at the USA Track & Field JOs in Baltimore, MD !!!
From July 26 – 31, the Northwest Flyers competed in the USATF National Junior Olympics hosted at Morgan State University. The NW Flyers had fourteen (14) athletes qualify in a team record 24 events. The USATF JOs is the most prestigious track meet in youth sports. This meet is one of the prerequisites to earn a spot on the US National Junior team. Only the top 42 athletes in the country per age group / event as determined by 14 regional championships get the honor to compete.
Baltimore was surprisingly hot as record temperatures hung over the east coast for the second weeks in a row. The track facility was superb although some of the throwing events were held in far fields. NW Flyers participated in the opening ceremonies as the high stepping Morgan State University drum line marched in the teams.
IN SUMMARY ... THE NW FLYERS EARNED EIGHT (8) MEDALS AND FOUR (4) NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS AT BALTIMORE !!!
Thanks to our parent families for dedicating their vacation time and expenses to get these athletes to nationals. I know you and your athlete will remember this event for many, many years. Also, coaches thank you for helping our kids get the preparation and confidence needed to shine on the national stage.
February 10, 2006
Largest First Day Registration Ever at the Feb. 4 Kickoff Breakfast
The Feb. 4 breakfast event to “kickoff” the 2006 youth track & field season was a big success. We had approximately 300 people attend and we set a record for first day registrations. We expect more registrations to come. Thanks to all the coaches, staff, volunteers, and sponsors for the hard work to make this one of the best kickoff events ever.
Our guest speaker at the Feb 4 kickoff breakfast was Vonda Newhouse Nunley. Vonda is the daughter of club founder Fred Newhouse and the very first NW Flyer athlete, almost 20 years ago! Her presentation on the values she learned as a NW Flyer was truly inspiring as she had a famed journey in track & field. Vonda is still a Cy-Fair ISD track record holder who went on to a full scholarship at Rice Univ. At Rice she twice earned NCAA All-America status, was national collegiate champion in 1994 in the 4x400m relay. She competed in the US Olympic trials in the 200m and is now an educator in Klein ISD.
Vonda concluded her comments with the “Be A Champion” pledge. The “Be A Champion” program, a partnership between USA Track & Field (USATF) and the American College of Sports Medicine, brings elite track & field athletes and school-aged kids together to promote healthy lifestyles, keeping active, and living with integrity. The pledge was recited enthusiastically by all the athletes in attendance.
February 15, 2005
Olympic Gold Medalist Derrick Brew Asks NW Flyers to “Be A Champion”
Team USA gold medal winner Derrick Brew from the Athens 2004 Olympics spoke at the annual Northwest Flyers kickoff breakfast on Jan 29, 2005. Derrick Brew, a member of the USA 400 meter dash squad presented the “Be A Champion” message. More than 300 athletes and parents in attendance enthusiastically received this presentation.
“Be A Champion”, a partnership between USA Track & Field (USATF) and the American College of Sports Medicine, brings elite track & field athletes and school-aged kids together to promote healthy lifestyles, keeping active, and living with integrity. Derrick spoke about how being fit and healthy is a "24-hour job." "You have to take care of yourself," said Derrick, who won the bronze medal in the 400M dash and won gold on the 4x400M relay in Athens. "You have to keep your body fit, get your sleep and watch what you put in your body." He also spoke about the people who had most inspired him in his life and athletic career – his parents.
Derrick, a graduate of LSU, hails from Klein Forest HS in Houston. He was an outstanding high school athlete in football and track and the Texas State 5A Champion in the 400 meters. I think every athlete attending was inspired to “Be A Champion” in sport, in the classroom, and in life by Derrick’s comments that morning.
July 17, 2003
NW Flyers Wins 2003 USATF "Pursuit of Excellence" Travel Grant !!!!!
Earlier this year the NW Flyers prepared and submitted an application to the National Track and Field office for consideration in the annual travel grant awards. Teams are evaluated nationally and the winners are selected based on the quality of the youth track program, support of the USATF mission, and participation in USATF national track meets such as the JOs. We are pleased to announce that of the 3500+ USATF youth track clubs in America, the NW Flyers were one of twenty youth track clubs selected for this grant. The national office requires that these funds be used only to support sending athletes to the USATF Junior Olympics.