The future is bright, but the Gee family will likely fondly remember 2015 for years to come. Among the athletic accomplishments in the household was a world record, as well as national and regional marks and a World Series championship.
Sugar Land resident Octavia Gee competed at the Texas Vs. The World All Comers Meet, Sept. 26 at Texas State University. Already an AAU national record holder, her goal was to set a world standard in the nine-year-old division with an 8.8-pound shot put, a weight typically thrown by high school girls.
It was a unique challenge that had Gee throwing with older competition, even adults, at the open meet.
“You could tell she was a little intimidated at first,” father Frederick Gee said. “But I told her she was only competing against the record and I think she got comfortable. She threw 7.18 meters on her first throw and then got going.”
Octavia Gee broke the world record in the 10-year-old age division with a throw of 7.21 meters (23 feet, 6 inches), then surpassed that mark on her final throw of 7.28 meters (23-10 ½). The old record was 7.05 meters.
Gee later threw a full-size javelin 60 feet, 3 inches, which might have challenged a world record for her age group. Frederick Gee said his daughter is also practicing with the discus, already throwing 55 feet without a spin.
The record-breaking moment in San Marcos was made all the more memorable for the Gee family by the date. Octavia’s mother, Monica Gee, was born on Sept. 26.
“You couldn’t have planned that,” Frederick Gee said. “I was up all night looking for a meet for her to throw and finally found one on Sept. 26. You can’t write a better script than that. I’m still like ‘did this really happen?’”
Octavia Gee previously set a national record in the turbo javelin at the 2015 AAU Junior Olympics, winning the nine-year-old division with a throw of 80-3. The old record was 64-2. She also won the gold medal in the shot put with a 28-6.5, representing the Houston Sonics Youth Track Club.
She was an elite thrower even at age seven, breaking the AAU Region 17 record in the shot put and earning a bronze medal at the Junior Olympics.
In 2014, Octavia Gee broke eight-and-under records in the shot put (26-9.75) and javelin (52-7) at the AAU Primary Nationals. She followed with a record of 26-7.25 in the shot put at the USATF Junior Olympics, also winning the javelin (60-0).
The Gee family was able to celebrate three record performances at the AAU Region 17 meet this past summer. Not only did Octavia set new nine-year-old standards in the shot put and javelin, brother DaMario Gee heaved 106-10 in the javelin for a regional record and also advanced to the AAU Junior Olympics in the 1,600-meter relay.
Though as Frederick Gee said, “baseball is DaMario’s first sport.”
The Humble Rhinos, who compete at the Nations Baseball Premier level, took home the 2015 USSSA World Series championship in Gulf Shores, Alabama. DaMario Gee earned Most Valuable Player honors for the Rhinos, batting .458 with 33 stolen bases and 38 putouts in center field.
Both Octavia and DaMario attend Settler Way Elementary.