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2017 was Another Stellar Season for BLAZE!

Although there was a show-stopping total solar eclipse this year, the BLAZE was not eclipsed at all during the 2017 Outdoor Season!  Although 2017 marked the end of high school and the beginning of college for many of our most dedicated former athletes, many of whom have been with us since the inaugural season in 2012, our new and returning athletes stepped up and kept the BLAZE burning bright.  Newcomers and veterans alike exceeded expectations time and time again.  It was a young team, but it's clear that BLAZE has a boatload of talent, heart, and team spirit that will keep things HOT for many years to come.   

From the early invitational meets, all the way through the local, state, and regional qualifying series leading up to the AAU Junior Olympics, BLAZE athletes showed up and showed out.  Below are a few highlights from the season:

2017 AAU Region 8 Medalists & National Junior Olympic Qualifiers 

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Gold Medalist 

Blake Williams, 200m dash

Brayden Lewis, 400m dash  

 

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Silver Medalists

Caleb Burns, 100m hurdles

Caleb Burns, 200m hurdles 

Sydney Glee, 800m run

Emma Parker, 3000m run

Christopher Ford, Jr., 1500m Race Walk

Dhylan Holmes, Javelin

Joshua James, Triathlon 

 

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Bronze Medalists

Brayden Lewis, 100m dash

Carrington Ford, 800m run

Mavi-Rice-Ellison, 1500m run

Ayden Muse, 1500m run

Chloe Ford, Turbo-javelin

 

 

BLAZE’s 10 year old boys were No.1 in their division in points scored!!  You can see from the medal count above and the results below that each of them contributed to this achievement.  Winning their division is fantastic, but even more impressive considering there were only 5 of them competing.  They  completely out-CLASSed much larger teams!  Way to go, Ayden, Blake, Brayden, CJ, and Josh!!!!

BLAZE also had two meet record-breakers at Regionals:

  • Blake Williams broke the 10 yr. old Boys 200m dash record, which had been 27.78s set in 2012, with a time of 27.60s.
  • Dhylan Holmes broke the 15-16 yr. old Girls javelin record, which had been 73’-00” set in 2016, with a throw of 84’-09”. 

  

 

 

  

 2017  AAU Georgia District Qualifier Medalists

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Gold Medalist 

Carrington Ford, Turbo-javelin

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Silver Medalists

Brayden Lewis, 400m dash

Caleb Burns, 100m hurdles

Mavi-Rice-Ellison, 800m run

Mavi-Rice-Ellison, 1500m run

Christopher Ford, Jr., 1500m Race Walk

 

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Bronze Medalists

Brayden Lewis, 100m dash

Brayden Lewis, 200m dash

Chloe Ford, 800m run

Chloe Ford, 1500m run

Chloe Ford, Turbo-javelin

Sydney Glee, 800m run

Emma Parker, 3000m run

Dhylan Holmes, Javelin

 

 

  

 

2017 AAU National Junior Olympic Medalist

It is incredibly hard to qualify for the Junior Olympic Games.  When you qualify for the Junior Olympics from Georgia, you've already gone up against the best young athletes in the country, and obviously bested most of them!  BLAZE is proud to say that we have a National Medalist return to the podium for the second year in a row, Christopher "CJ" Ford, Jr., placed 5th in the 1500m Race walk.  Way to go, CJ!