Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

July 29, 2013

Youth movement sparks Supreme showing at state

Mike Phillips
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — Bright future?

How about blinding bright?

That’s kind of how they feel about the Corsicana Team Supreme track club, which competed in the state track & field meet in Corpus Christi over the weekend.

The program is growing, and so are the kids — literally.

The Team Supreme kids aren’t just competitive, they’re young and competitive.

“This is the youngest group I’ve ever taken to the state meet, and the youngest group to ever medal,’’ said coach Terry Douglas, who has been running the program for seven years. “And with them being so young they will be the best group we’ve ever had,’’

That’s the hope of Douglas, who loves the idea of building on to what he has already established.

“When we started it was all older kids,’’ he said. “Before this year we always took an older group of kids to the state meet, but this year was different.’’

Success not only breeds success, but in the case of Team Supreme, it opened doors that just weren’t there before.

“When we started out almost all the kids were 12,13 and 14,’’ he said. “And it took them a couple of years to develop them to where they could compete. But now more and more parents are bringing us their children at a younger age. We get a chance to work with them and get them started and to develop them earlier. I think the success we had is why parents are putting their children in the program at a young age. They’re comfortable about them growing and developing. We are starting with children who are so young.”

Douglas believes the young kids will be the foundation of his growing program, and that their success will lead to more youngsters starting track & field at a young age.’’

This year’s team had its moments at the state meet. Four kids came home with medals, including two 8-year-olds. Jayda Lunsford, who qualified for the Junior Olympics that are being held in Michigan this week, finished second in the state in the long jump in the girls 8-and-under girls division. She just turned 8 last week.

Jaydan Jones finished third in the 50-meter dash and fourth in the 100-meter dash in the 8-and-under boys division.

Two of the club’s biggest stars had big weekends. JaMicah Polk, a 14-year-old who could have an impact this year as a freshman at Corsicana High, took home third place in the 200-meter dash and fourth in the 100-meter dash, and Ta’Mia Dews made a statement in the girls 14-and-under division.

Dews has been one of the top runners on the club since she arrived from Mesquite, and had a strong showing at the state meet, finishing third in the 200-meter dash in the girls 14-and-under division. She is only 13. Dews has been running since she was 4 and was a member of the Texas Torch track club in the Dallas area before moving to Corsicana last year. She won both the 100 and 200 in the state regionals in College Station three weeks ago and — like Polk — she has a bright future ahead of her in high school.

Douglas didn’t just see the program snowball this year, he saw it reach a new level. The club had to hold fund-raisers, selling barbecue and T-shirts, and also had to get donations this year just to get his kids to the state meet. Instead of taking a handful of runners, the Corsicana club qualified 42 kids for the state meet — another reason Douglas believes this was such a special summer of track.

“It was a great year, and I was so proud of the way we competed at the state meet,’’ he said. “Just to go down there is something, to qualify for the meet. And to get a medal...There is so much competition. You have to have everything go perfect to win a medal. It was a great group of children.’’