Don’t look now, but America may have just discovered it’s next true sprint phenom.
Meet Tyrese Cooper. The Florida eighth grader has spent the spring outdoor track season putting in truly unbelievable performances, all leading up to one of the most remarkable middle school spring triple performances of all-time: at the Florida Middle School Track Championships, Cooper captured the 100, 200 and 400-meter events, and turned in times that would win many state high school crowns in each event.
Winning the races was one thing, but the way Cooper did it was another. As reported by MileSplit, the 15-year-0ld completely blew away the field in each race, capturing the 100 with a time of 10.61 seconds, the 200 in 21.26 and the 400 with a time of 47.76. To put those times in perspective the best marks across the country at those three distances in 2015 are 10.32, 20.69 and 45.91, respectively. Cooper’s times are among the 50 best at each distance anywhere in the U.S. in 2015.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Cooper’s blistering pace set a new state middle school meet record for each race distance.
Cooper, who stars for the Miami Gardens Xpress Track Club, should be the uber-rare case of a true freshman who is already a state title contender as soon as he steps foot on a Florida high school campus in fall 2015. If he can stay healthy and keep his mind on the track and his classes, the sky is the limit for the young South Floridian.