WATCH: Jayden Finley Is The Man To Beat In The 100m

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DES MOINES, IOWA -- Fastest man in Iowa? 

It could be a Texan this week.

Better yet? It could be a 16-year-old. 

On Tuesday, Richland High School's (TX) Jayden Finley rolled through the 100 meter preliminaries at the AAU Junior Olympic Games with astounding clarity, authoring his speedy circuit in a wind-legal 10.39 (-0.3) seconds through a negative wind. His effort was the last of the heats. 

The performance was downright impressive, especially when you consider the next closest competitor, Kameron Warren, was 0.17 seconds behind in 10.56 out of heat nine. Kendrick Jones, the competitor most likely to contend with Finley for a win at AAU, ran 10.65 in heat eight. 

What's more, Finley, a DeSoto Nitro Track Club athlete, also ran faster than the top 17-18 year-old performer, Amare Williams, who authored a time of 10.59 seconds. 

'Texas Fast' certainly came to Iowa.

The only question will be whether Finley can continue his brilliance in the semifinals and finals. 

Those answers will come on Thursday (12:15-1:00 p.m. semifinals) and Saturday (2:15-3:15 p.m. finals). 

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