They seldom had electronic timing in HS meets then so he had only one that I remember (as listed) but he won Mansfield Relays in 11.1 (as it turns out that was run from the 110m hurdles line on a freezing day) to win by a city block. He ran 10.31 wa at Nationals in his junior year and in the summer of his last HS yr he ran 10.25 legal at the World Cup trials in Venezuela.
As for Atlee, he won a medal at the World Champs at 200m in 1991 in Tokyo and still holds the Canadian record of 20.17, set into a strong headwind there. He’s an investment banker now and recently moved back from Florida to take a position at TD Wealth Management in Toronto. Ange press-ganged Atlee into giving us a hand at our community May fair track meet. He was also elected to the Board or Athletics Canada recently.
I just did! It is such a small world that the head of his bank’s wealth management division has twins in my son, James’, class and used to play football in the CFL. Anyway, he’s been seen having burgers with us at the Rebel House in the neighbourhood.
Thanks. I must have missed those times in the book. In the SPP download vid you spoke about Ben doing 4x6x60m. Were you using those at this point in his development? Or were you still doing the longer stuff early on?
From my own experience, not really Not for speed anyway. My question for CF was really wanting to know when they had started doing longer SE2 type runs (300-600M)
I find that kids (14yo and under) respond way better to nothing longer than a 150 for Spec. Endurance and 15-20m for speed. That’s how I train my daughters and some other youth athletes. And they keep improving every year while everyone on their old track club is still running the same times from several years ago. My oldest (12yo) can go all the way up to a 800m when she does her pentathalon and all she does is short stuff. Although, she’s pretty active and gets fit from other things.
Well how fit are you? I think Charlie sums it up best “why fight for tenths at the start when you can gain seconds through general conditioning” Im starting to realize with my kids that its more about fitness than it is about spectacular programs on paper…
Special Endurance has to be built up. Dont show up at the track and start running your 200m close to your race times out of the blue!!!you need a base general fitness before you start doing this stuff.