Olympic hopeful – Matt Centrowitz Jr – Guyanese roots

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Olympic athletes: Matthew Centrowitz Jr.

Olympic hopeful – Matt Centrowitz Jr – mother is from Guyana

Olympic races are always blazing, and the fastest runners always win, right? No and no. In all but the short sprints, Olympic track races can be as tactical as chess matches until a wild final burst. Matt Centrowitz Jr., a rising star in the 1,500, explains the strategic aspect of speed.

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Matthew Centrowitz learns the strategy behind speed –

In a race such as the 1,500 meters, knowing when to run in front and when to hang back can be the difference between triumph and disappointment.

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Matthew is the nephew of Mark Bannister of GTLime. 

Hopefully he makes the Olympic team, the top 3 qualify.  He has to compete at US Olympic Trails even though he is the US Champion and has the Olympic qualifying time…..The good thing is, the Olympic trials will be staged in Oregon in June, on his home track and his family and friends will be there to cheer him on.

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  • DMITRI ALLICOCK  On April 15, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    OTHER GUYANESE TO MAKE IT TO THE OLYMPIC AND FAME IN THE U.S
    – BY A VERY PROUD COUSIN –
    OLYMPIC DREAMS COME TRUE FOR MICHIGAN SPRINTER ADAM SCOTT HARRIS
    ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Adam Harris (Wheaton, Ill. /Wheaton North) of the
    University of Michigan men’s track and field team was named Friday (July
    25) to the Guyana Olympic team for the upcoming 2008 Olympic Summer
    Games.

    Writer Pete Bigelow for M.Live.com -Wolverines other sports
    Two weeks before the start of the Beijing Olympics, Adam Harris finally received the confirmation he had been looking for since February. Last Friday, Harris a senior at the University of Michigan, learned he’d been cleared to run for Guyana, a South American Nation where his mother is from. He’s the last local athlete to get into this year’s Olympics. Harris, the Big Ten’s Track Athlete of the Year, will run the 200 meters, which begins August 18.
    “I was really excited “Harris said.” It a dream of mine come true. I‘ve wanted to go to the Olympics since I started running track. Almost every athlete dreams of going to the Olympics-getting to the big show and performing as well as you can”
    Associate Head Coach Fred LaPlante, who trains Michigan’s sprinters and hurdlers, remembered that Darlene Harris was from Guyana. After Adam posted some impressive indoor times this season, ranking at one point in the top 20 in the world, LaPlante suggested they explore the possibility of him running for Guyana. LaPlante worked with the country’s sports federation while Darlene Harris handled the necessary citizenship and passport issues.
    “My mom was pushing everybody – coaches, the committee – to do everything they needed to do,” Harris said. “If it wasn’t for her, this never would have happened.”
    Harris hit the Olympic “B” qualifying standard when he ran 20.75 seconds to win the 200 meters at the Big Ten outdoor championships in May.
    But there continued to be minor paperwork setbacks that dragged out the process. At one point, Harris thought he’d have to make an expensive trip down to Guyana, but that was avoided. “For about a month, it’s been so close, and then something would always come up,” Harris said. “Luckily, we got through it all.” Meanwhile, through all of the waiting, Harris kept up his workouts with LaPlante. Harris hasn’t been in a race since the NCAA Championships seven weeks ago, but LaPlante said his fitness level is good and he has a way of handling things that would bother other athletes.
    “No question a lot of guys would have been freaked by this point,” LaPlante said. “A lot of guys would have given up a month ago not knowing am I in, am I out. He just kept going. He kept training. He’s been terrific.” LaPlante said this will be great experience for Harris leading into his senior year at Michigan and a future professional track career. “You might wonder sometimes when you’re training, ‘What am I doing this for?’ “LaPlante said.”Once you have an experience like this, you find out what you’re doing it for.”
    Harris said he’s looking forward to the opening ceremonies, where he’ll walk as one of two athletes representing Guyana. He’s also hopeful of posting some photos from what he sees in China online for his friends and family to view. And he’s obviously looking forward to his chance on the track during the second week of the Games. “This is the best competition in the world,” Harris said. “I’m going to try not to get nervous. To me, I have to think about it as another meet. I’m not going to worry about all the people watching or getting my best time. I’m just going to try to do my best.”
    Harris has tried to learn what he can about Guyana, a former British colony bordered by Venezuela, Brazil and Suriname, from family and what he can find online. He has wanted to visit, but it hasn’t worked out and he hopes to go in the future. For now, he’ll be trying to run his best to gain some recognition for a nation that has given him a chance to go to the Olympics.
    “I’m going to try to show up for Guyana as best as I can,” Harris said. “Nobody really knows where it is, first of all. A lot of people think it’s in Africa. I’m going to try to put it on the map.”
    I saw Adam a few months ago in Fort Lauderdale Florida and I am convinced this very talented cousin of mine has a great future ahead.

    Albert John “A.J” Harris (born August 8, 1984) is a Canadian football running back for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
    Harris played 44 games over four years at Northern Illinois University, rushing 342 times for 1,616 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also caught 31 passes for 197 yards. He signed as an undrafted free-agent with the Washington Redskins in 2006 and was released during pre-season, spent the spring of 2007 in NFL Europe playing for the Cologne Centurions, and attended training camp with the Seattle Seahawks in 2007.
    Harris signed as a free agent with the Edmonton Eskimos on February 7, 2008 On August 3, 2009; Harris signed with the BC Lions. Harris signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on October 10 2010.
    A.J is the older brother of Adam and Alicia Harris and belongs to superb family of Albert and Darlene Harris née Van Lange.
    Just when you thought you had finished reading about this family, the sister of Adam and Albert- John I hereby present Alicia Harris.
    My name is Alicia Harris. I am a recovering track and field college athlete. Recovering meaning after college was over, there was a piece of competition missing from my life. I decided to partake in a different kind of competing where I could continue to work out and be rewarded for it. I entered in to the Grand Prix Bodybuilding & Figure Championship promoted by Kevin Noble in May. Despite my poor posing and my less than confident stage presence, I managed to get 5th place. Determined to place higher, I registered for back to back competitions with the October 27th 2007 NPC Natural Mid-States Muscle Classic XX Bodybuilding & Figure Championship placing 4th in Figure Tall Class and November 3rd 2nd Annual NPC Continental USA Body Building & Figure Championship placing 1st in Figure Medium Class.

    KEVIN HUNTLEY – MY NEPHEW AND FAMOUS GUYANESE DESCENDANT TO PLAY IN THE NFL.
    KEVIN DEXTER HUNTLEY- National Football League (NFL).
    Kevin from a young child excelled in all sports. He played all sports and did well in all of them.
    Attended St. Joseph Central Catholic (SJCC) High School in Fremont Ohio from 1990-94.
    Kevin Huntley

    Before High School
    • Second in the 11-12 age group 100-meters hurdles at National Junior Olympics (1988) Also the Junior Olympics Regional and District Champion in that event as well as placing second in the long jump and the 400-meter dash.
    • Also a 100-meter hurdles champion in State, District and Regional Junior Olympics in 1989

    High School – St. Joseph Central Catholic (SJCC) High School
    • Three-year letter winner in football at SJCC High School (1990-94).
    o Player of the Year in District 6 in 1994
    o Midland Athletic League Player of the Year 1994
    • Four-year letter winner in Track and Field.
    o A state champion two consecutive years in the 110-meter high hurdles. Current state record holder.
    o Also state champion and current record holder in the 300-meter hurdles.
    o State qualifier all 4 years of high school in hurdles, 200-meter dash, 4×100-meter and 4×400-meter relays.
    o Placed second in the 4×100-meter and 4×400-meter relays.
    o Owns several high school track records
    • Three-year letter winner in basketball
    • Served as team captain for football, basketball and track and field teams
    • Named as the NW Ohio High School Football Scholar in 1994
    • Named to the Ohio High School Football North team
    • Named to Ohio High School Big 33 Football Team and played in the Big 33 game against Pennsylvania in 1994 where he scored two of the four touchdowns.

    College
    • Attended the University of Wisconsin (a Big Ten School) on a NCAA football scholarship where he was a four-year starter
    • A member of the University of Wisconsin’s Men’s Track team and a team member of Triple Crown of Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor track for three consecutive years.
    • Earned four letters in football and four letters in track at UW
    • Also earned a scholar-athlete award from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel newspapers while in college.
    • Earned Most Improved Scholar on the UW Football Team in 1995.
    • Is listed as fourth on UW’s list of hurdlers.
    • Was a team captain for the UW football team in 1997
    After college

    • Signed a football contract with NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs in 1998 and made the roster for one year. Released after an injury. Played in the American-Japan Bowl game in Tokyo in 1998.
    • Played three years in the Arena Football League (AFL) eventually earning a ring in the AFL’s championship bowl game.

    Post college awards
    • Inducted into to St. Joseph Central Catholic High School Athletic Hall of Fame 2007
    • Inducted in the Ohio Association of Cross Country and Track & Field Coaches Hall of Fame 2009

    The entire Guyanese Community will be watching Matt’s progress and wishes him the very best of health and success as he represent our Dear Land of Guyana.

  • Clyde Duncan  On September 7, 2012 at 6:57 am

    Centrowitz interview after his bronze medal World Championships 2011 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITRp-0kLShA&feature=relmfu

  • David Barrett  On August 20, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    My college roommate in my freshman year was Guyanese. Vibert Ross, you must be proud. Did you cross the burning Sands of Alpha?

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