Tsunami 2019 Indoor Mid-Season Athlete Highlights

by admin on February 9, 2019

With several meets under their belt during the 2019 indoor season, the Plainfield Tsunami athletes are realizing tremendous progress towards achieving their personal goals for the season. Having an offering of practice four days weekly in a 285 meter rectangular school hallway with dedicated coaching, the athletes are being developed responsibly and comprehensively across various systems.  The hard work of the mostly first-time indoor track and field participants is beginning to show with year-over-year and meet-over-meet improvements.  The following is a celebration of the mid-season achievements of the athletes who have competed in meets.


Ajanae Thompson, 14–A three-year Tsunami athlete who has represented the club with distinction, winning a USATF age-group national title in the 80 meter hurdles and separately setting the USATF New Jersey Association and Region 2 records, Ajanae has set challenging goals for the current season and is plugging away at achieving them. With several key first place finishes in multiple sprint and hurdle events this far into the seasons, Ajanae has already dropped her indoor personal best in the 55 meter dash to 7.52, tied her indoor PB in the 55 hurdle at 8.75 and come close to her PB in the 200 at 27.18.

Jasmine Burney, 14–Jasmine embodies a reliable resource in the team’s conditioning program.  Jasmine possesses untapped potential in her running. With healthy knees and ankles to maximize training, Jasmine will be able to continue improving on her 55 time of 8.18, her 200 time of 30.36, and her 400 time of 1:12.


Salema Robinson, 12–Salema is the resident shot putter.  Tsunami has a history of producing national level shot putters.  Salema, in her very first indoor meet, clinched a third place medal with a throw of 23-03.00.  Salema’s positive attitude and hard work in her conditioning as well as her consistent preparedness will no doubt take her very far in her sport.


E’Mony Jones, 12—E’Mony exhibits a wide range of abilities that is being cultivated for long-term benefits.  With best times in her inaugural indoor season of 8.64 in the 55, 30.33 in the 200 and 1:13 in the 400, as well as regular training on the hurdles, E’Mony is on a developmental path that will yield maximum options.


Kennise Angus, 12–As the season progresses, Kennise is tapping into her abilities and is taking ownership of her effort in training. She is seeing the fruits of her labor with marked improvements in multiple events as a first time indoor runner, most noteworthy dropping from a 1:23 to a 1:16 in the 400.  Embracing her sprint training, Kennise can expect further improvements by the end of the season.

L’asha Blair, 11–L’asha expresses a great desire to succeed. Her analytical ability to understand race strategies and execute them will take her very far, as she becomes more seasoned. As a first time indoor runner, already she is able to achieve relatively consistent splits to comfortably achieve a 1:18 in her 400, signaling a readiness for faster times.


Abriyah Thompson, 11–Abriyah is developing her personal interest in track and is making tremendous stride. Given her work ethic of leadership by example, we can expect to see Abriyah improve on her already personal best times of 32.43 in the 200 and 1:22 in the 400.  To her credit, Abriyah embraced a challenge early in the season to run a 1000, in which she clocked a time of 4:32.

Bailey Hicks, 10–Bailey is an across the board athlete, experienced in football and boxing.  Track is providing conditioning, as well as an opportunity for Bailey to attain personal success. Bailey attends all the team meets and consistently achieves improvements, with best times of 9.08 in the 55, 35.87 in the 200 and 1:28 in the 400.


Aden John, 9–Aden participated in his very first indoor meet and ran an impressive 38.43 in the 200 and 3:24 in the 800.  Aiden is displaying a liking for distant events.  The Tsunami coaches have produced several national age-group 800 meter champions from scratch and are excited at the opportunity to develop Aden to reach his fullest potential.


Khloe Butler, 7–The youngest of our athletes, Kloe enjoys training across the various groups to maximize variety and fun. She’s adored by all her teammates. In her two indoor meets, Kloe ran 11 seconds in the 55 and 42 seconds in the 200. Courageously, Kloe got up after falling in her first ever 400 and finished the race in a time of 1:47.

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