In it to win it.
Yes, that’s Randy Jackson’s famous line on American Idol.
It’s also the thought process of Ken Almond — when it comes to Taylor Click. The veteran Waukegan Invaders Track Club coach is putting no limits on the Lake Forest Academy standout, when he heads to the 2011 USATF National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships in Wichita, Kan., later this month (July 26-31).
“He’s got to go in looking to be No. 1,” said Almond. “There’s a good chance he could win. He’s at least top three.”
Of course, it will not be easy. The competition in the 800 meters of the Young Men Division will be steep. “They all will be there,” said Almond.
Click, who will be a senior this fall at LFA, has been, if you will, clicking at pretty good pace of late. He took top honors in the 800 meters (1:56.69) in last weekend’s USATF Region 7 championships at Plainfield Central High School. A week earlier, he grabbed the silver medal in the 800 (1:54.37) at the USATF Youth National Championships in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
“In that race (at Myrtle Beach), he waited a little too long to make his move,” said Almond. “You can’t wait.”
The present and future looks good for Click. “He’s all legs and arms,” Almond said. “He still doesn’t know how much talent he’s got. He just needs to embrace it.”
In the 2010 USATF National Championships, Click ran a 1:56.53 and placed 12th in his age group.
The running talent runs deep in the Click household. Haley Click, who competes in the Youth Girls Division (13-14), came up with two strong showings in the Region 7 meet. She qualified to nationals in the 800 (2nd, 2:32.37) and 1600 (3rd, 5:15.23).
Click was named a 2010 Athlete of the Year by USATF Illinois.
“She’s tough,” said Almond. “She’s learning how to race.”