Shariff Coleman Track and Field Kadena, OkinawaLast week: Won four gold medals — two individual, two team — and paced the Panthers to the boys team title in the Okinawa Activities Council district track and field championship on Saturday at Koza City Stadium in Okinawa City, near Kadena Air Base.
Coleman, a sophomore, won gold in the 200 in 23.36 seconds and long-jumped 6.18 meters for the gold. He later anchored the Panthers’ 400-meter relay team to a 45.08-second clocking, then the 1,600-meter relay in 3 minutes, 46.52 seconds. Kadena edged Kubasaki 79-65 for the boys team crown.
Coleman is a tireless worker who seemed dissatisfied with his times and distance. "He wants the bar higher," coach Sergio Mendoza said. "He just wants more. After every race, he keeps saying we should have harder practices. He’s one of the hungriest kids I’ve ever had."
Priscilla Chung Swimming Seoul AmericanLast week: Captured an individual gold and anchored Seoul American’s 200 medley relay team to a gold, helping pave the way for the Falcons to slip past favored Seoul International for the girls team crown in the 2009 Korean-American Interscholastic Activities Conference championship swim meet on Saturday at Yongsan International School-Seoul.
Chung, a senior, clocked the 100 breaststroke in 1 minute, 27.73 seconds. The Falcons’ 200 medley relay team hit the finish in 2:20.53, with Chung holding off SIS down the stretch. The Falcons edged the Tigers 223-212 for the girls team title.
"She is not only an amazing swimmer, but also a great leader," coach Michael Schmidt said. "Priscilla has the ability to set and reach her own goals, while also encouraging her teammates to do the same. She will certainly be missed next year."
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