Sterling, VA (March 29, 2017) – Loudoun Legacy Track and Field program has been training and developing youth athletes since 2015. In that short period of time, the programs young athletes have earned 4 individual National Championships. The first National Championship came when Madison Wanza jumped to a 12’7’’ gold medal for the 9 year old girls Long Jump at the ESPN Club National Championships. Madison earned a Silver medal at the previous years Junior Olympics in Norfolk, Virginia.
Loudoun Legacy did not stop, expectations would rise even higher for the beginning of the 2017 indoor season. The training program was modified to push athletes beyond there expectations they might have for themselves. As a result of a strong program modified to meet the physical and mental nature of youth athletes, Loudoun Legacy would earn 12 individual medals at the AAU Indoor National Championship meet in Landover, Maryland. It is important to note that when we count medals, we consider a relay equal to 1 medal count for the team not 4. Our numbers reflect all individual counts and this is a significant achievement for our program and the athletes in and around Loudoun County.
Loudoun Legacy would earn 3 National Championships in the Shot Put, Girls 400 meter and Boys 400 meter race. In addition to the national championships, Legacy would earn a bronze and silver medal, and several other top 8 finishes.
Taylor Morrell earned the first sprint race national championship for Loudoun Legacy. Her race also produced a personal best in this event. Head Coach Chris Wanza stated “Taylor is a strong 400 meter runner, and we made early season predictions based on her performance and her competitive attitude at practice that she would contend for the national title. We were more than excited for her as we recognized she was going to outperform the rest of the competition. Taylor would also take a top 8 finish in the 60 meter dash placing 6th.
Not to be outdone, Julian Roberson would follow up with an exhilarating win in the 400 meter to claim his first National title. “Julian commanded the race from start to finish. His determination and personal will to win describes the pulse of our club. Julian worked hard two weeks prior to the championships to fine tune and he ran like a kid on a mission.”
Rounding out the National Champions was Ethan Brown. Ethan brown took the title in the boys Shot Put. Ethan, recovering from an injury that ended his sprint season, Ethan turned his focus to the shot put. Ethan’s work in the shot put was impressive. Making the transition from the standing throw to the glide Ethan and his coach (and father) finished the indoor season undefeated in the shot put posting personal bests throughout the year. This continues the success our team has had in the shot put over the past few years.
Our program focuses on the technical aspects of training athletes for speed and endurance. We focus on individual athletes and creating the environment where they can grow, and compete at a high level. Our focus is on improvement each week. These improvements include form, function, and overall speed development. We also hold each athlete accountable, this enables our coaches communicate effectively through the progression and achievement.
The AAU saw exceptional performances from all the Loudoun Legacy athletes. Mirai Bernard continues to develop into the premier sprinter in Loudoun County. Her performance at the indoor nationals continue to prove she has the potential to be Loudoun County’s next Track star, in a series of athletes that have come through out program and have strong Legacy ties. Mirai placed 4th in the 60m and 6th in the 400 meters. Another strong performance by Nia Roberson as she continued her impressive jump to claim the 8th spot for 14 year old long jumpers. As we continue to develop youth athletes in and around Loudoun county, we will surely see the improvement in our high school track and field programs at the state and national level. As we continue to see success happen in our club programs, we should acknowledge the needs of the community to embrace and engage these programs. The track and field community will serve as a sport that will enable every other sport in the community to flourish. Loudoun Legacy Track and Field will continue to develop and encourage youth athletes to be the best on and off the field of play.