Wednesday, July 18, 2007 - 10:53 AM
Jordan Scales and Brandon Collins were teammates on the 2007 Whitewater Middle School championship track team
Now, they're headed to the 2007 National Junior Olympics in Knoxville as teammates on the SouthSide Pioneers Track & Field Club.
Both rising high school freshmen, Collins recently broke the Youth Boys record in the 100M with an 11.22 at the 2007 AAU National Club Championship meet held recently in Orlando at the World of Sports Complex.
Collins also took fourth in the Youth Boys 200M.
His teammate, Jordan Scales, took the bronze medal in the Youth Boys Triple Jump at the 2007 USATF Region 3 Championship this past weekend held at the Sportsbacker Stadium in Richmond, VA.
Scales has now advanced to compete at the 2007 USATF National Junior Olympics in Walnut, CA later this month.
Ironically, Collins and Scales broke the 2005 Flat Rock Track & Field Boys Track team Middle School record in the 4x100M and 4x400M relays, are now teamming up with the former record holders and Track and Field State Champions Michael DeHaven, Johnathan Ross, Brendan Fludd, and David Mathis -- also members of the SouthSide Pioneers club team.
The team seeks sponsors for all its Junior Olympian athletes who are as follows: Youth Boys: Brandon Collins and Jordan Scales (Whitewater High School); Michael DeHaven (Sandy Creek High/Auburn University); Brendan Fludd (Sandy Creek High/Morehouse College); James Mathis (Sandy Creek High/Norfolk State); Hughston Taylor and Vince Brown (McIntosh High); Chris Pigue (Fayette County High/Albany State); Joy Ferrell (Westminster High/University of Arizona); Joshua Ferrell; and Kayla Smith (Fayette Intermediate School).
Several SSPioneers will also represent the team at the 2007 State Games of America on August 4 at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Co.: Johnathan Ross (Sandy Creek High); Theo Echols (Starr's Mill High), Elliott Dixon (Sandy Creek High/UGA), and Kendra Newsome and Alyssa Rooks (Sandy Creek High).

There's a new kid on the blocks...
Brandon Collins, a rising freshman at Whitewater High, joined the SouthSide Pioneers late in this summer season.
When he went to the track to practice, Jordan Scales, one of Collins' teammates from Whitewater Middle School Championship Track Team, asked Coach Mathis what she thought of Collins.
Mathis said: He is going to break a national record this summer somewhere!
That's exactly what happened last weekend at the 2007 AAU National Club Championship in Orlando
Collins broke the old record and set a new record in the Youth Boys 100M with a time of 11.22 to take the gold medal.