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Merritt College’s Kemarley Brown Earns World Record

22 May 2014

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As Coach Brock Drazen reports, the Merritt College Track and Field team had an eventful state championship this past weekend highlighted by Kemarley Brown’s world leading, national community college record 9.93 seconds wind legal time in the 100m race.  Kemarley, pictured at this week’s graduation with Coach Brock Drazen, came back an hour later with a win in the 200m (wind aided 20.29) and was named male athlete of the meet when all was said and done.

Sometime about 12 hours later, American sprinter Justin Gatlin won a Diamond League 100m race in Shanghai in 9.92 to claim the world lead not before the television crew spoke about Kemarley and his feat from a day earlier.  While big news for our program, school, district and in the USA, this is a HUGE story in Jamaica where you may know that track and field is a national past time.  Kemarley will return to Jamaica and will participate in his country’s national championship. He has been invited just this morning by Nike to compete in the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, OR (Track Town USA) in less than two weeks and has been getting nonstop contacts from people around the world.  This has been a thrilling ride for all of us and know that our students have handled the focus with great pride, humility and with abundant pleasure.  Kemarley’s growth and maturity, physically and mentally has been visible in these past two years and I can assure you that the foundation of his success is a built on the many contributions small and large, subtle and obvious of so many people working at Peralta and at Merritt.

Tony Parnell also came up big with a 4th place finish in 10.43, an impressive performance from a hard working, determined guy who trained consistently always with an eye on reaching his maximum potential.  By finishing in the top 4, Tony becomes a community college All-American.  All 4 members of our 4x100m relay, Parnell, Brown, Tom Jacobs and Rajee Orr were also named All-American after finishing 2nd in the relay at state.  It was momentarily disappointing for all of us as we had fended off all community college challengers all season long until this final race (including besting Mt. Sac twice during the season).  Nonetheless, we set a season best mark in the race (40.22) and could only congratulate Mt. Sac  on achieving their season best mark (40.09) to win the title.  I still have to post the 200m race but below are two versions of the 100m and the relay.  Overall, Merritt finished 6th at the meet behind two Norcal teams (American River and Sequoias) and three Socal teams (Riverside, Cerritos and Mt. Sac).  Defeating the likes of SF City again and realizing that neither Chabot nor DVC had anyone make the state championship is a feather in our recruiting cap–and it’s that time of year.

Eight members of the track team are  are graduating this year:  Tony Parnell, Leo Theus III, Tamba Smith, Aliyah Wilkins, Rajee Orr, Kemarley Brown, Gary Moore and Tom Jacobs (Fall ’14).  This will make 32 transferring graduates since 2010.

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Peralta News – Laney College Track & Field: 2012 State Champs

26 May 2012. 3 comments

The Laney College Lady Eagles Track Club, under the leadership of Coach Curtis Taylor, has raised the bar in bay area track and field. At the same time, let it be known that these Lady Eagles are no fluke. PTVSports’ Lex Gopnik makes the bold statement that Laney College Track & Field have become a legitimate dynasty with this victory and set the stage for years to come. With student/athletes like Lauren Rose and Ashton Purvis, Laney Lady Eagles Track set records and surpassed expectations. Peralta TV/PTVSports congratulates the coaches and the team on their victory and we thank them for allowing us the access. For more information please click here.

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PTVSports – Coaches Corner with Curtis Taylor at Laney College

20 April 2012. 0 comments

PTVSports brings you another installment of the Coaches Corner which features the coaching staff of the Peralta Colleges Sports Programs. This week we focus on Laney College Track & Field Head Coach and Bay Area staple Curtis Taylor. After winning the state title in 2010, the Laney Eagles Track & Field Team have been climbing the ladder to get back on top of the medal stand. Join Lex Gopnik and Coach Taylor for a quick discussion in the Coaches Corner from PTVSports.

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PTVSports – Winter/Spring Sports

2 April 2012. 0 comments

PTVSports highlights the Winter/Spring sports programs of the Peralta Colleges. Basketball from College of Alameda and Merritt College Men’s programs, as well as hoops from Laney and Merritt College Women’s teams. LaneyBall (the Laney College Baseball Team) is leading the conference right now and look to swing for the fences in the playoffs. Laney College post season continues with both the Lady Eagles Swimming & Diving Team and the Lady Eagles Track Club. Merritt College Track & Field (both Men & Women) are positioning themselves for the championship run as well. Congratulations and thanks to all the student/athletes at the Peralta Colleges.

Additional Swimming & Diving footage courtesy Steven Woo Photography.

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PTVSports – Track & Field at Merritt College

25 March 2012. 0 comments

From the starting block to the training room PTVSports is there. Reporting from Merritt College, with Track & Field/Cross Country Head Coach Brock Drazen. Lex Gopnik visits the coach to discuss his path to Merritt College and the impact his coaching has on the student athlete. Merritt College Track and Field information, schedule and or video can be found at here.

Additional footage provided by Brock Drazen & CBS 5 Bay Area.

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