Speed City wins bantam 4 x 400 relay gold, midget 4 x 400 silver and 800m bronze
The Speed City Youth Track Club may have just relocated to Carson this past year, but they already made an impact the Junior Olympics last month in Omaha, Nebraska.
The 4 x 400-meter relay squad of Jerone Jackson, Donovan Spearman, Warren Jackson, Jaylon Redd won gold year in the bantam division (9-10 year old) with a time of 4:20.55 while in the midget division (11-12 y.o.), the 4 x 400m relay squad of Malik Harris, Brenden Scott, Chris Wilcox and Jason Levias won the silver medal (3:57.94)
Scott also won bronze in the 800m (2:16.19), something that no doubt pleased his father, head coach Cliff Scott. Out of the ten boys he brought to the Olympics, eight of them left with a medal.
Both squads had been nationally ranked during the season, with the bantam squad ranking No. 3 before the Olympics and the midget squad having never lost a race all year en route to a No. 1 ranking. The bantam boys had also won the event last year which made Jerone Jackson a two-time winner in that division.
“I teach them to work hard then go out and win it,” Scott said.
The team trains at the Home Depot Center and for parents who brought their kids to Speed City, it’s become more than just something to do as they wait for football season.
With the Summer Games starting this week, the boys along with their other Olympians enjoyed a taste of what many will experience over the next two weeks - the spirit of competition and the thrill of winning a medal.
Originally based in the Bay Area, Scott built up the Speed City program that in 2000 set the bantam Junior Olympic record in the 4 x 400m relay. After 10 years at the helm, he relocated Speed City to Southern California this to be closer to his sons, Clifford and Brendan, who ran on the midget 4 x 100 relay squad that finished sixth.
“I’ve coached so many kids that I wanted to enjoy coaching my own and I didn’t want to miss that opportunity,” he said.
In addition to excelling on the track, all of the athletes must perform in the classroom and with a collective grade point average of 2.95, they take as much pride in their schoolwork as they do the track.
Scott is anxious about what the future holds as cross-country season begins in the fall, especially with a wider pool of kids to choose from compared to up north.
“Just give me some kids that want to work hard and I’ll do the rest,” he said.
Speed City is currently accepting new members to try out for the various teams and for those interested, you can find more information on their website (www.speedcitytrack.org) or contact Scott directly at (818) 809-4230 or