AAU National Coach of the year and Zone A Coach

Congratulations, to coach Wilkerson on being nominated AAU National Coach of the year 2020.

AAU Track and Field Announces 2020 Award Winners


The 2020 campaign wrapped up at the AAU Junior Olympic Games, which was held on the Space Coast area of Florida.

ORLANDO, Fla. – The Amateur Athletic Union announced its National Track and Field award winners for the 2020 season. The 2020 campaign wrapped up at the AAU Junior Olympic Games, which was held on the Space Coast area of Florida. Approximately 2,100 athletes participated with five records being broken at the season-ending event earlier this month.

James Wilkerson, National Coach of the Year, Zone A Coach of the Year
James Wilkerson was named the National Coach of the Year and Zone A Coach of the Year for his efforts to build successful athletes and young citizens both on and off the track. Runners from his club set indoor records in the 400m and 60m as well as the 4x200m 4x400m. When the runners aren’t tearing it up on the track, Wilkerson’s club also participates in food and clothing drives for those in need. Wilkerson also enforces a strict “no grades, no run” philosophy with his athletes.

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Metro Alumni come and give back

Metro Eagles have been having virtual workouts on zoom twice a week.  To help build strong bodies for our student-athletes and not to lose anything .

Last week we had some Metro Eagle Alumni come on and speak to the 13 & up team.  To share some of their experiences with transitioning from HS to college.  How it will be handling schoolwork, test, labs and still do well on the team with weight room, two a days, nutrition, communication, study halls, tutors, etc.

It was an extremely moving and interesting conversation, where the student-athletes got to see their future.  Our Alumni said they were gracious of how Metro prepared them and they would love to comeback to help out again.

Thank you for giving back, and make the world notice your potential!

Alaine Tate– Ran with Metro since the age of 11 and graduated from Bayside HS in 2010.  She went on scholarship to the University of Miami, she ran all over the nation.  I remember Alaine practicing against the boys.  She refused to let them beat her. In HS she ran against the Frances sisters, Phyllis and Claudia. And they all hated to lose.  Phyllis now is on the USA team, and also a former Eagle. Alaine now lives in California and is coaching College Track & Field while working on her masters. She ran 400/800/1500m.

D’Andre Barriffe– Dre also ran with Metro from the age of 11, and he graduated from Bishop Lauglin HS in 2018. He now attends Georgetown University and is a Business major. He was a true leader on every team that he was on.  His grades were great and this opened the doors to many schools.  Georgetown won the SMR at Penn Relays in 2019 his freshman year.  One gold watch down, many to go.  And yes it’s a little tougher than HS, but you have so many good resources that you could use. He runs 200m and 400m.

Anu Akil– Anu was with us since age of 5.  Anu was a beast from 5. She knew what she wanted and went after it. She graduated from Brooklyn Technical HS in 2018. Grades were everything to Anu, but she also hated to lose. She’s a multi-event student athlete Business major at “Maryland Eastern Shore.”  Her age group of girls were together a long time and hated to lose. 

Kayla Guerre– 2018 graduate from Elmont Memorial HS and is now at  SUNY @Oswego as a Psychology major.  Kayla is a jumper and reaching great new heights.   She was 14 when she started with Metro

Jordan Kelly- 2019 graduate from Flushing HS. He is now a Nursing major at St. Francis College. Jordan started with Metro at age of 16. He is a short sprinter/jumper. He also was a great leader while at Metro.

Thank you Alumni you represent yourself, families and Metro Eagles well.  These student-athletes all had 90+ GPA and did well on the track at National and local meets. And they led by example.  Please keep reaching for the stars.

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Youth Runners magazine

The Metro Eagles 13/14 boys from 2019 were one of the teams featured in their May/June 2020 magazine. Go online and order your subscription and read about it today. https://www.youthrunner.com

Congratulations to the team!

Brandon Simpson, Wesley Noble, Jr. , Aaron Brown Jelani Johnson broke the 2019 Indoor AAU National record for the 4 x200 relay and the 4 x400 relays

Wesley Noble,Jr , Aaron Brown, Head Coach Wilkerson, Jelani Johnson and Ayron Thomas placed 2nd on the 4 x400 relay at AAU Nationals in 2019 and are featured in Youth Runners June 2020 edition.

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Don’t forget these things

I hope that everyone is safe and staying healthy during this long pandemic. NY is now in the first phase of opening up . While we go through a new way of existing post covid19 please don’t forget to always wear your face coverings. We do not want things to get worse.

Also, Don’t forget to fill out your CENSUS 2020! Go online to fill out your form. Your community will not get their tax dollars if you are not counted. Also the Board of Elections were sending out absentee ballots. Please if you do not want to go into vote make sure that you vote thru the mail. You must fill this out ahead of time. Call your board of elections to make sure what the rule are.


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No AAU NY Metropolitan Outdoor District Qualifier

The AAU NY Metropolitan District Qualifier has been cancelled today. The NYC Parks Department will not be entertaining any permits for the months of May and June 2020. So the District meet has been cancelled.

AAU as of today will still be hosting the West Coast National Meet and Club Championships in July. If anything changes, we will inform you. Stay safe.

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Stay Safe

We are in a different time in our world today. We are experiencing an world wide Pandemic. COVID19 is a very serious virus that could be and has been a FATAL illness. There is no cure for it at this present time. Please everyone listen to what the leaders in your community are saying: stay home, sanitize, mask up when you have to leave your home. But most important don’t leave your home if sit is not an emergency. Be smart and stay safe!

As of today all AAU events are on hold. USATF have cancelled there National Junior Olympics. In NY all parks are closed until May. On April 30, we will see if the close down will go longer or be lifted.

Since everyone is stuck inside or running by themselves for a while. Here is some fun exercises that the family on a whole could partake in. Enjoy

Attachments areaPreview YouTube video Chicken Fat Song (2020 Version!)

Chicken Fat Song (2020 Version!)


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AAU Midseason Invitational January 5, 2020 @ NB Armory

Registration will be opened to enter the meet until 1/3/2020 at 11:59pm on coacho.com.

This meet will have great competition and it will let your athletes know where they stand midway thru the indoor season. The meet is opened to youth, open and masters clubs and unattached athletes. You will need an aau card. Good Luck to all!

Come join the competition and fun.

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Our Annual AAU Season Opener! It will be held on Saturday November 30,2019. 1pm – 5pm. Register on coacho.com. Registration closes on 11/29/2019 @ 11:59 pm

Enjoy some pictures from the previous year of the exciting AAU Season opener held at New Balance Track & Field Center (168 st Armory) 216 Ft Washington Ave, NY,NY 10032. Come join the action and come in from the cold, to get your speed on!

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Searching for Cancer cure should never end with October!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I am sure that there is not one person who does not know someone whose life has not been touched somehow by this awful illness called CANCER. Or the BIG ‘C’!. Here is a former club, high school, collage and now masters marathon coach/athlete who is a parent and an official and everyone who runs in NYC area know her, Mrs Zakia Haywood. Here is her story.

Zakia Haywood: Track official runs for Cancer Cure

YOU HAVE CANCER! Every 3 minutes someone receives this dreaded diagnosis. I’m committed to being part of the solution and have joined forces with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to start Project Courage: a personal tribute run to my father and dear friend. I can make a difference…one step at a time! Those 3 overwhelming, stinging words will fuel my steps along 3 iconic races in honor of those who battle daily, have succumbed and conquered cancer.  

The wind beneath my wings as I take on the ultimate challenge of 3 marathons (and more) in one month. My dad would have been 70 years old this year. On the 5th anniversary of his passing, this year I will be running the Marine Corp Marathon inaugural 50k on 10/27. The TCS NYC Marathon on 11/3 will be exciting as I’ll be greeted by survivors in every borough and run alongside my high school coach.  Project Courage ends with the NYRR 60k on 11/17, a tough run covering 9 loops of Central Park. This crazy run is dedicated to my dear friend Michelle and my great uncle Neville. They truly believed in me more than I believe in myself, and would cheer me on through life’s challenges. 

My steps will not be in vain. I’m asking for support of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. It takes more than one person to make up a team and generous donations will ensure access to treatments for blood cancer patients. Be someone’s miracle and  help fund treatments that save lives every day; like immunotherapies that use a person’s own immune system to kill cancer. 

Patients need these cures and their families need our support to help get us all closer to a world without cancer of any form.

Her fundraising link is http://bit.ly/RunZeeRun. If she could provide any further details please let her know. 
Thank you, Zakia

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AAU XC District Championship Saturday 11/2/2019 @ 10 AM

On Saturday November 2, 2019 at SUNKEN MEADOW PARK AAU will hold their Cross country District Championships. TIME: Package Pickup 9:30am walk through 10am. First race starts at 11am. All other races will start 5 minute after the completion of the previous race.

All registration will be on coacho.com and you must have a valid 2020 AAU membership card.

Registration closes on 10/31/2019 11:59 pm https://coachoregistration.com/dbi-bin/meetinfopage.pl?Web_Site_Id=ny_aaudxmp&Meet_Id=aaumetdisc1901&Team_Id=&

AAU Junior Olympics National XC Meet will be December 7,2019. in Knoxville, Tennessee.


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