Pacific athletes of the week for May 6, 2010
A.J. WatsonTrack and field
Last week: Once again ruled the short sprints and sprint relay, setting one individual league record and anchoring a relay mark for the Dragons on Saturday in the Okinawa Activities Council district championship meet and qualifier for the May 15 Kanto Invitational in Tokyo.
Watson, a sophomore, won the 100-meter dash in 11.33 seconds, then set a district mark in the 200 with a 22.54, beating the 7-year-old mark by 0.36 seconds. Watson anchored the 400-meter relay team that was clocked at 43.8 seconds, 0.6 better than the four-year-old mark.
“The lights are going on,” coach Charles Burns said, adding that Watson’s success is “more an adjustment in attitude than anything else. He’s realizing he can do better than what he thinks he can. He’s saying: ‘I can push myself even harder.'”
Liz GleavesSoccerSeoul American
Last week: Earned MVP and Best Goalkeeper honors as the Falcons, seeded No. 3 out of eight teams, upset the top two seeds in the semifinals and finals of the Korean-American Interscholastic Activities Conference Division I Tournament at Seoul Foreign School.
Gleaves, a junior, stopped three penalty-kick shootout shots Thursday in the Falcons’ 1-0 (3-2) victory over No. 2 seed Osan American. In Friday’s title match, Gleaves saved nine regulation shots and three PKs as the Falcons beat top seed Seoul Foreign by the same score.
“She has these reflexes that I’ve never seen before,” coach Billy Ratcliff said. “Not many people have that … kind of coordination that Ted Williams had during his .400 season; everything slows down for her. It’s like she’s part cat. You can’t coach that.”
Selected by Stars and Stripes staff