He may only be in the eighth grade, but Tyrese Cooper is already clocking sprint times that rank him within the national elite for high school athletes. He set Meet Records in the 100 meters (10.61), 200m (21.26) and 400m (47.76) at the Florida Middle School State Championships this weekend while racing for Miami Gardens Xpress Track Club.
To put those times in perspective, see below for how his marks compare to the national high school leaderboard:
|EVENT||HIGH SCHOOL US #1||TYRESE COOPER||COOPER'S HS RANKING||COOPER'S FL RANKING|
10.32 (Ryan Clark, GA)
||10.61||US #35||FL #16|
|200m||20.69 (Michael Norman, CA)||21.26||US #16||FL #8|
|400m||45.91 (Michael Norman, CA)||47.76||US #41||FL #9|
The 15-year-old could nearly contribute to a Division I NCAA program already. The cut-off times for the first round of the NCAA Championship this year are 10.5 in the 100m, 21.09 in the 200m and 47.14.
Watch the races below and prepare to be schooled - middle schooled, that is.
Tyrese Cooper runs 10.61 to set the FL Middle School State Championship meet record for 200 meters.
Tyrese Cooper runs 21.26 to set the FL Middle School State Championship meet record for 200 meters.
Tyrese Cooper runs 47.76 to set the FL Middle School State Championship meet record for 400 meters.
Stay tuned for more coverage of this fast-rising star, including a full profile tomorrow as well as photo galleries and more videos from the Florida Middle School State Championship!