EDITOR'S NOTE: The Delaware Elite are featured in the March-April issue of Youth Runner Magazine. We couldn't show all the images in the magazine so we're including in this post.
In February, four young ladies from one of the smallest states to ever compete at the most prestigious indoor track and field event in the United States, the NYRR Millrose Games, completed the mission they set out to accomplish two years prior- break the meet record.
Delaware Elite’s 4X200m Youth Relay team consists of Kailah Crews, Sophia Holgado, Alexis Tarlue and Juliana Balon. These young athletes, all only 12-years old, have been running together for the past three years, and have won gold two years in a row! This year’s gold was captured when the girls ran their season’s best, 1:47.32 in the 4X200m Youth Relay, setting the track on fire and breaking the meet record.
What makes this group unique is that it consists of three sprinters and a long distance runner who have had an incredible chemistry from the start and seamless handoffs. Their lead leg, Kailah Crews (27.30) has been running with Delaware Elite since the age of seven and has competed in five Junior Olympic national competitions. This past year she made it to the semi-finals in both the hurdles and the 55m races. Our second leg, long distance runner Sophia Holgado (26.63) won the 2017 AAU Junior Olympic Games in the 1500m and the 3000m! She qualified in the open 400m at this year’s Millrose Games with a blazing time of 59.2 and has made the podium in all her national competitions since starting in 2017. Alexis Tarlue, (27.55) running for only 3½ half years, has commandeered the youth pentathlon circuit.
Competing in the long jump, high jump, hurdles, shot put, 4X100m, 4X200m, and sprint medleys, Alexis has medaled all of the four times she attended the USATF National Youth Championships. She has qualified to attend the USATF Outdoor Junior Olympics four times, and having medaled twice, Alexis is a force to be reckoned with. Our teams anchor leg, ran by Juliana Balon (new season PR 25.79) has been running with Delaware Elite for 2½ years. Juliana runs the 55m, 100m, 200m, sprint relays and dominates the long jump. In each of her events, she has qualified for the USATF Junior Olympics and has made the podium at every indoor and outdoor national competition she has competed in.
Way to Go Delaware Elite!
Delaware Elite is the largest track club in the state and they continuously place nationally amongst some of the largest teams. This past summer, thirty Delaware Elite athletes competed internationally at Ontario, Canada’s Flying Angels Youth Invitational where the majority of the traveling team medaled.
The club also holds a Track and Field Invitational every summer. Last year it attracted over 55 teams from VA, NY, MD, and PA, with over 900 competitors.