Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Jordan Clark 11.58!!!

Wow. I take a break from reporting on Michigan track and look what happens. We have three fine athletes representing us at the World Youth Championships in Italy: Jordan Clark of Southfield Lathrup, Bridgette Owens-Mitchell of Southfield, and Max Babits of Fowlerville.

I'll have more updates soon as I get back up to speed, but the big headline belongs to Clark. Injured in the spring, she didn't even race the 100 at the state finals. She clocked 12.26 at the Oakland County Meet. Then she showed up in Ypsilanti for the World Youth Trials, and ripped an amazing 11.82 to become the fourth fastest sprinter in Michigan history.

I just got a message from Steve Underwood at Dyestat to say that Clark is on fire in Italy, ripping a wind-legal 11.58 in her semi. That makes her No. 2 in state history behind only four performances by the legendary Shayla Mahan. The next fastest performer on the list is Vivian McKenzie of Detroit Chadsey with a 11.74 from 1982. Clark is truly in special territory now!

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