Runner sweet at Hershey's meet


May 28, 2002|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer

Going into the 25th annual Southern California Hershey's track and field meet in San Bernardino on May 18, El Centro resident Kenny Taylor didn't really expect to do all that well in the 100-meter dash.

In preparing for the regional meet, the 14-year-old didn't do much practicing. He just figured if it came down to it, he'd rely on his natural ability.

About 80 meters into the race it looked as if Taylor's lack of preparation was going to be his downfall. But just as he figured he'd do, in the last 20 meters his natural talent came to the forefront as he zipped past the competition on his way to winning in 12.74 seconds.

"I kind of started slow coming out of the blocks, so I was a little behind," said Taylor. "But after the first 80, I knew that I'd still be able to pull it out."


Taylor acknowledges his lack of preparation and his starts out of the blocks will need to be addressed as he readies for his next meet.

For now, Taylor doesn't know whether his time in the 100 will be enough to qualify him for the national meet Aug. 7-10 in Hershey, Pa. After all regional times from around the country are recorded, Taylor will find out what his immediate future holds.

"Whatever it is, I know I'm going to be working a lot harder and be more dedicated for the next meet," Taylor said. "I know that I have to work on my starts and get readjusted. And if I can do that and improve my starts, I think I can probably take off about .5 seconds from my 100 time."

On Saturday, at the Southern California Municipal Athletic Federation track and field championships in Cerritos, Taylor finished seventh in the 100 in 13.2 seconds.

Through it all, whether it's winning at a Hershey's meet or seventh at a SCMAF event, Taylor said his main motivation when competing is his family.

"When I'm out there, my family always wants me to do good and they're always supporting me, no matter what. So I just try as hard as I can to make them all happy," said Taylor. "Like on Saturday, even though I didn't do as well as I probably should have, they were all still happy for me. If anything, they push me to do better and they're the reason that I'm able to do as well as I am."


>> J.D. Gaddis, Central Union High track and field, took fourth place in the high jump with a leap of 6 feet at the Masters meet in Poway on Saturday.

>> Colt Snyder, Holtville High School baseball, knocked in the game-winning run in the Vikings' 1-0 CIF San Diego Section Division IV playoff win over Calvin Christian on May 20.

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