February 1, 2007

Poised to be the Best

The prep accolades are endless for Richmond (Calif.) Salesian two-sport star Jahvid Best. On the gridiron, he was The San Francisco Chronicle Player of the Year, Contra Costa Times Player of the Year, Parade All-American, Rivals 100, Rivals California 100, and Rivals National Top 10 Running Back. On the Track circuit, he placed in California's Top 5 of both the 100 and 200 meters, and posted two National Top 10 marks.

Jahvid exploded on the national track circuit in July of 2005 at the Junior Olympics in Indianapolis (Ind.). He rocketed to a 21.18 200 meter finals time, which won the event, and placed Best among the top 10 sprinters in the country. He backed that time up with a 10.67 100 meter time - good enough for second place at the prestigious event.

As a junior, Best clocked a 10.49 100 meter time and a 21.03 200 meter time - both of which ranked Top 5 in California, plus Top 10 nationally. His 100 meter time was the best of any sprinter in the state of California; his 200 meter time was the second fastest junior time in California.

In 2006, Best won NCS titles in both the 100 and 200 meters before placing in the top five in both events at the California State meet. Most of his work as a junior was accomplished while running on a broken foot - making his marks even more impressive.

Just how fast is Best in comparison to the world's top sprinters? The world record holder is Justin Gatlin, who set the 100 meter world record mark of 9.76 in May of 2006. That's just a little more than half a second better than Jahvid's top (slighty) wind-aided time in 2006 - a 10.39.

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