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    Re: greatest talent--- - wastedposted by: Answer Giver Posted Monday, Jul 19, 2004 at 7:51 PMMon, Jul 19, 2004 at 7:51:29 PM PDT
    >Lorenzo DANIELUbeja ANDERSONSteve KERRHenry THOMASDevlon DUNN>Dawn SOWELLDanny HARRISLamont SMITH...(... and so many other>enigmatic potentials.)Hey now...I went to high school with Devlon Dunn in Alief, Texas and he was not a waste of talent. Infact, he is an example of someone who maximized his talent. With high school PR's of approximately; 48.8 (400), 22.0 (200), and 11.1 (100,)Devlon was not offered a scholarship to the University of Colorado, where his sister did have a scholarship, so he walked on! Devlon was able to lower his 100 and 200 PR's to 10.03w and something near 20.2. He also went to the olympic trials in 1988 and 1992 when he was 21 and 25 years old. If you will recall, Devlon had to compete for an olympic berth against the likes of Carl Lewis, Leroy Burrell, Calvin Smith, Mike Marsh, Kirk Baptiste, Joe Deloach, Andre Cason and Mark Witherspoon. FYI - Just about all of those guys have OG or WC medals. Unfortunately, Devlon never made it to an OG's or WC's, but all in all, I would say that he did pretty well for a slow quartermiler who never advanced to the Texas state meet in high school. I was fortunate enough to compete against and train with Devlon on and off from 1983 - 1996 and let me tell you he was one heck of hard worker on the track, but most importantly a good friend, and a quality human being.


    I am Ubeja Anderson and it is funny how I became a wasted talent. In 96 doctors wanted me to have screws put into both of my navicular bones for stress fractures. I refused! I ran 13.3 and left SMTC for money reasons. The biggest mistake I made was training with Curtis Frey who helped me run 13.6 and kept Allen on top. Moving back to Houston in 99 I got 4th indoors but because of the SMTC name and The Angry Hurdler tag on my back it was hard to find an agent. So I said I have a family and that is all I need. I will be on the track in 05 so look for me and guess what I WILL BE DRUG FREE LIKE ALWAYS. Unlike so many other athlets out their. Write me.

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    • Re: greatest talent--- - wasted

      >> Suzy Favor-Hamilton.

      You know, after it turned out that Regina was doped
      >up for who knows how long I was open to thinking that I needed to update my
      >opinion that whiney loser SFH may, in fact, have had a good reason to whine and
      >lose. But after her non-race (with excuses) at the Oly Trials along with her
      >2000 Sydney melt-down, I decided I had it right all along.

      I believe that we have already seen some US melt downs in this Olympics, no? Suzy has been injured for quite a while and was lucky to make it to the OT finals. At least she wasn't a drug cheat. People like her at these levels deserve our respect.

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      • Re: greatest talent--- - wasted

        Im gonna have to go with William Reed. This guy just set so many national age records and class records in High school from the 100 meters to the 400 meters. 10.0 100 (as soph), 20.5(as soph) 200 and 45.17 400 ( as a junior. He split 44.2 junior year, but ran on a broken foot for most of the summer and it never really recovered. after his junior year of hs, he missed his whole senior year, did go on to run in college a bit, but was never the same.

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        • Re: greatest talent--- - wasted

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          "The greatest talent ever wasted saw was I cat back in high school by the name of Leroy Russell. This dude was a bad ass pot smokin, bear drinkin bad boy who once challenged the school 100yards champ to a race for a dollar. The school sprint champ also happened to be the national junior champ.
          Well, I remember this race as clear as crystal to this day. The sprint champ was in his track gear and Leroy was dressed in regular street wear. The guy who started the race had them line up at the start of the 100 yards dash. The sprint champ went into a crouch start from blocks and Leroy went from a standing start. When they were ready, the starter yelled set and then clapped his hands loudly. The sprint champ reacted the fastest, but Leroy took off with the most explosiveness I have ever seen. He absolutely dominated the entire 100 yards to win by a good 6-7 meters! I have never seen anything like it before and I wish someone had timed him because it would have been blindingly fast! I never did see Leroy race officially. He just wasn't interested in sports at all. Last time I heard he was living in some shelter for the homeless in LA."

          I've read this story before in another post. I'm a bit skeptical....who is this national junior champion that your friend beat by 6 or 7 meters?

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