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We have done our best to detail the Above Xpectations Track Club program, it’s benefits and successes. The best way to learn about the program and understand the team ethos is to come and see it for yourselves! We hope you will take the opportunity to visit with us and see the program, meet the athletes and staff and experience the family atmosphere. Until then, below is a view of the team ‘by the numbers’ and ‘by the people’.
The athletes are integral to the success of Above Xpectaions Track Club. We would like to introduce you to a few who represent the talent, drive and dedication found in our athletes ranging from 7 to 17:
Najiya Cornish came to a practice one day at West End Neighborhood House and expressed interest in track. She continued to participate until she received the registration information that showed the cost of the team. Once we gave her the registration information, she never returned.
Because of generous donors like you, our coaches were able to offer Najiya a full scholarship so that she could fully participate in the program without having to worry about the cost. Najiya who showed a lot of potential as a 7th grader really caught the attention of the coaches. The coaches were determined to keep Najiya as a part of the program, but did not have any contact information. Finding out her school through other athletes, Coach Antwain called the gym teacher and pleaded for the teacher to give Najiya his contact information to have this young lady continue to participate.
Najiya quickly progressed in track making it all the way to finals at the ESPN Rise Games in Orlando, FL. Najiya was so scared to run in the finals that she hid from the coaches and the team until her event was over.
Najiya quickly became a force within AAU and USATF, capturing the National Indoor title and record at USATF indoor nationals in both 15-16 age group and 17-18 age group. One year USATF was giving out rings for National Champions and Najiya won. The moment was bittersweet because she accomplished something that she was working for the entire season, but then realized she did not have an address to ship her ring.
Najiya, sisters (also on team), mother and father was evicted from their home after the father was in an accident and could no longer work. The bills got too much for them. The family was staying at one star hotels and struggling from week to week. Najiya did not let it take away from her grades and her aspirations to become a great sprinter.
Najiya recently won the Delaware state indoor title for the 55m.
Patrick LaPorte joined the team in mid-January of 2018, after being recruited by Above Xpectations. Even though Patrick has been on the team for less than a year, he’s quickly developed a love for running. Patrick’s first big meet was the USATF indoor nationals, and since then he has run in events in Iowa and Florida. Patrick has proven himself to be a skilled, well-rounded athlete by placing well in competition after competition. He’s a 3 time Outdoor All American and a 4 time Indoor All American.
Patrick says that before joining Above Xpectations, he was in a dark place. But after he became a part of the team, his attitude improved dramatically; he feels much better about who he is. Since joining the team, Patrick runs almost every day, which he says helps him to clear his mind. He’s developed close friendships with his fellow teammates as well as his coaches, who help him stay optimistic every day.
Zah’Meire Lewis originally ran for another track team. But soon he met Coach Antwain, who immediately recognized his potential, and recruited him to Above Xpectations. At AX, Zah’Meire went on to be a 4×200 AAU National Champion and a 4×400 AAU National Champion.
Zah’Meire excels in track competitions, finding them invigorating. His competitive nature makes it clear that his favorite experiences with the team are traveling to competitions all over the country.