Sunday, August 2, 2009

Baisden blitzes national JOs

Kendall Baisden, the 8th grader from Bloomfield St Regis School, made a big mark nationally this weekend when she won the sprint double at the USATF National Junior Olympics in Greensboro, North Carolina. On Saturday, she won the 200m with a meet record clocking of 23.69, into a -0.7 wind. Only one Michigan prep has ever gone faster, Shayla Mahan of Detroit Mumford (23.49).

On Sunday, Baisden captured the 100 title in 11.93, running into another headwind. She had clocked a legal PR-tying 11.73 in the heats. Only two Michigan high schoolers have bettered that mark, Mahan (11.37) and Jordan Clark (11.58 this summer). Coincidentally, Baisden reportedly trained this summer with Brandon Jiles, who coached Mahan, while Clark trained with Fermon Tate, Baisden's former coach.

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