2012 National meet review:
The Bellevue Breeze Track & Field Family had an outstanding 2012 National Championship meet. The Breeze brought home
5 medals; 2 golds, 2 sixth places and 1 fourth place.
*Kenzo Cotton dominated the 2012 National Champion in the Intermediate Boys 100m and 200m dash. He
was .9 seconds off the Intermediate Boys 200m dash National record held by the phenomenal Obea Moore. Kenzo was cool
and always under the control throughout the three rounds of the 100m and 200m. By the time it got to the finals, it was a
forgone conclusion who would be the National Intermediate Sprint Champion. Who is the fastest intermediate boy around, Kenzo
Cotton, no doubt.
*Talking about pleasent surprises, Hunter Saltzman was on top of his game in the Bantam
Boy Shot Put. Just about every throw was a personal best. Hunter nearly reached the 30 foot mark but fell just short. 4th
place at the National Championship meet is nothing to sneeze at. Great job Hunter!
*On her third throw of the prelimaries, Morghan Mace secured her position on the awards
podium with a throw a little over 98 feet. Morghan came into to competition ranked 8th and left the competition ranked
6th. Next year she will leave the plastic and move to the metal. She is one tough competitor and it will continue in the Youth
*Cedric Lee had us biting our nails for a while but like the clutch long jumper he is,
he qualified in the eigth position going into the finals of the Youth Boys long jump and moved up two spots in the final
with a jump of 19'-6.25". He will be one of the top jumpers in the Intermidiate division next year. Look out!
* The Youth Girls 4x400m relay set a new club record. In fact, their time of 4:13.29 lowered
the previous club record by nine seconds and would be very competitive on the High School level which they will be this
school season. In case you are wondering, the four girls are Scarlett Hill, Katrina Nesbit, Marrisa Pope and Caitlyn
Cotton. Scarlett ran a PR on her scratch leg (64) to put us in good position. Katrina Nesbit ran a super strong second
leg (62 sec) and was impressive. Katrina passed it off to the "newby" on the 4x4, Marrisa Pope. Marrisa left know doubt
in everyones mind that she is tough as nails. She ran a 60.9 second third leg split that had us smiling. Caitlyn Cotton finally
trusted us and herself and sprinted around the first curve and with the competition coming fast and she continued sprinting
until she passed the finish line with a 63 second split. Great job girls!
*My 110 hurdlers, Enrique Alvarez and Nick Bartel had a stellar day in the semi-finals running
PRs of 14.52 and 14.88 respectively. Enrique was leaned out for second in his heat to keep him out of the finals. It was oh
so close. This is Enrique's final summer as an athlete with the Breeze. I will miss him but he will be back as an assistant
coach next summer to help the up and comers. I'm looking forward to working with Nick Bartel next summer.
*Several others had good competitions even though they did not do as they well as they
would have wanted to but the experience get competing at a National Champiionship meet is invaluable if you cherish it
and understand the preparation that has to happen to be successful at this level. This experience will definitely make you
a better athlete back in Nebraska and let you know that there is a another level of competition out there
beyond the borders of Nebraska.
More to come as I get time.