Monday afternoon I watched Golden Valley’s Jalen Davis braking hard into the finals of the Boys 100M in a time of 11.12. He was leaning backward for the last 10 meters and still posted the fastest prelim time. Jalen has only run this race one other time this year and he ran it in 10.6 seconds. That is the #6 time in the state of California this year.
He will NOT likely apply any brakes in Friday’s finals where he has a good chance to take down the Foothill League meet record of 10.61 set in 2006 by Shane Vereen from Valencia High School. And he has a shot at breaking the league record of 10.54 set by Wes Felix of Valencia in 2001. Wes Felix, by the way, is the older brother of Olympic medalist Allyson Felix and Shane Vereen went on to play running back in the NFL for 7 years. I’ve known Jalen for a long time. My wife has previously coached him and my son, Zachariah, has also been his teammate on the Santa Clarita Storm Track Club. He runs for a rival high school now, but I’m not going to lie. I’m rooting for him on Friday. 🙂
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