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July 22, 2013

GC track: Statebound: Corsicana's Team Supreme track club sends 42 to state

Corsicana — There’s a famous line from the movie Jaws, where after seeing the shark for the first time, they say, “We’re going to need a bigger boat.’’

Terry Douglas knows the feeling.

He’s going to need a bigger car.

“We’re going to need a bus,’’ joked Douglas, the track coach for Corsicana Team Supreme, a youth track club that has kids from ages 7 to 16 competing. “We’ve never needed a bus before but we need one now.’’

That’s because the Corsicana kids were just short of amazing in the regional track meet in College Station two weeks ago. They qualified 42 kids for this weekend’s state track & field meet in Corpus Christi, and most of them qualified in more than one event.

“We’ve never had so many children go to the state meet,’’ Porter said. “We’ve been doing some fund-raising.’’

And fun-raising, too.

“Oh man, they are so excited,’’ Douglas said. “They’re working so hard every day and their energy level is off the charts. This was their ultimate goal since Day 1. They feel like they have accomplished a lot. It’s like the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.’’

Douglas has a wide range of talent to take to state, including JaMicah Polk, who could win the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes in the 14-and-under division.

Douglas compares Polk to Robert Atkinson, who won back-to-back 100 and 200 state titles at Corsicana High.

“If you are going to compare anyone to Robert, it’s JaMichah,’’ Douglas said. “He’s very gifted, At this age he’s doing almost the identical things Robert was doing. JaMicha has a little bit better work ethic. JaMicha is all about winning. His times may change, but he just wants to win.

“It’s the mentally strong who make the difference, and he has that mental toughness and he is also a student,’’ Douglas said. “He will do everything you tell him as far as training and technique. Any time you share knowledge with him his ears are always up. He wants to hear everything you say. He wants to get better.’’

Douglas feels Polk will have an impact on Corsicana High’s program as freshman and that after a year of getting used to the high school competition that Polk might have a chance to win a state title as early as his sophomore year.

“I’ve seen everyone who is here come up, and he is one of the best I’ve seen,’’ said Douglas, who has been coaching youth track for 17 years. “He has a chance to be special.’’

Polk ran a 10.82 in the 100 and in his first time competing in the 200, he ran a 23.5 to win the event in the regionals. He believes he has a future on the track and aspires to win a gold medal in the Olympics.

“I want to beat Usain Bolt’s record some day,’’ said Polk, who started running track when he was 7. “I started running with the Boys and Girls Club, and I fell in love with it. I guess I loved it because I had so much energy. I was always fast. I was the fastest of all the people I grew up with.’’

His speed has people talking.

“My mom told me that people ask about me, and my dad’s friend asked him if I was really that fast. My dad just said, ‘yeah.’ I don’t think about all of that,’’ Polk said.

Douglas said the fans who like track already know about Polk.

“Whenever JaMicha runs people at the track meet all come to see him run,’’ Douglas said. “They flock to get to the rail to watch him run. They want to see him run. A lot of people know about him.’’

Polk isn’t the only young star on Douglas’ team.

Ta’mia Davis has a chance to win the 100 and 200 in the girls 13-and-under division at the state meet this weekend. She won both events at the regional meet, winning the 100 in 12.90 and taking home first in the 200 in 26.00.

“I’ve been running since I was 4,’’ said Davis, who ran for the Texas Torch track club in Mesquite before moving to Corsicana last year. “My brother took me to the track in Mesquite. I liked it right away because I was fast.’’

Another star on the team is 9-year-old Saniya Carter, who won the 100 and 200 and finished third in the long jump in the 10-and-under division at the regional meet. She will be a fourth grader at Sam Houston Elementary.

“I’m super excited about (going to the state meet),’’ said Saniya, who ran in the regional meet last year and didn’t qualify for the state meet. “I like being on the team and working out, because it helps me run better. I just want to win.’’

That’s the way all of Douglas’ kids on Team Supreme feel this week. It’s a big moment for them, and for the club and Douglas’ program. He has been running the club for the last 11 years, but he has never seen anything like this.

“This is just so exciting for everyone,’’ Douglas said.

The Team Supreme track club will hold a barbecue fund raiser Tuesday, July 23, at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center (1114 E. 6th Ave.) They will be serving barbecue from  9 a.m. until  3 p.m.

 

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