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2002 Nike Athletes of the Year

the dominant high school track and field athletes
of the 2001-2002 school year

Willie Hordge

2003, Forest Brook Houston TX


Willie Hordge ended his season with a brilliant flourish while piling up frequent flier miles. After missing the Texas 4A 100-meter title to Brendan Christian 10.15 to 10.16 +2.5, Hordge went to Albuquerque and won the 100 over Kelly Willie and Jonathan Wade in the Great Southwest Classic, with a 10.21 +2.0 clocking. Then Hordge continued west to Palo Alto and ran a virtual dead-heat in the 100 with college freshman Rashaad Allen, both timed in 10.39 -0.2 with Finish Lynx giving the razor's edge to Allen. That got Hordge on Team USA for the World Junior Championships in Jamaica in July. At Kingston, Hordge got third (10.36 -0.6) behind the great Trinidad and Tobago duo of Darrel Brown and Marc Burns. But that was just a warmup for the 4x100 relay on closing night. Behind Hordge's blazing anchor, the USA squad set a new world junior record of 38.92. Amazingly, that was just one of five sub-40 second 4x100 races that Hordge anchored in July.

Date
Meet
Time
7/7/02
Youth Athletic Ch.
39.89
7/11/02
Bahamas Pre-World
39.41
7/20/02
World Juniors prelim
39.18
7/21/02
World Juniors final
38.92
7/29/02
USATF Jr Olympics
39.75

 


Willie Hordge at Jr Nationals - photo by John Nepolitan

Date
Event
Perf
Notes Meet
2002-07-28
B-100
#1 10.53
-2.1 - NE USATF JO YM/YW
2002-07-21
B-100
#3 10.25
+3.9 p - World Juniors
2002-07-12
B-100
#2 10.48
-0.4 - Bahamas Pre-World
2002-07-07
B-100
#1 10.51
+0.3 p - FL YAC YM/YW
2002-06-21
B-100
#2 10.39
-0.2 - CA USA Jr Nationals
2002-05-25
B-100
#1 10.21
+2.0 - NM Great Southwest
2002-05-25
B-200
#4 21.03
-0.9 - NM Great Southwest
2002-05-11
B-100
#2 10.16
+2.5 - TX 3A State Meet
2002-04-27
B-100
#1 10.30
p - TX 4A Reg 3 Huntsvil

 

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