Scarborough's Jayden Flaker gave himself a great birthday present as he hurdled his way to the 15-16 year old 110m hurdles AAU national title on Friday morning. Flaker who turned 16 qualified for the final by winning section one on Thursday in a personal best 15.23 despite a -1.6 headwind. His qualifying time was sixth-best of the eight finalists. Running out of lane seven Jayden got off to a strong start.
"I had a perfect start," Flaker told Maine MileSplit via text message after his race.
He was even with the field through five hurdles before taking a slight lead to the last hurdle where he stumbled a bit but maintained his balance through the line for the win in huge personal best of 14.42.
After crossing the finish line Flaker didn't know he had won he received the news from his dad in the stands.
The time equals the third fastest in Maine state history and is a new sophomore state all-time best.
Event 133 Boys 110 Meter Hurdles 15-16 years old ===================================================================== National: N 13.74 1997 Jermaine Cooper, Ledbetter, TX Name Year Team Finals Wind ===================================================================== Finals 1 Jayden Flaker 04 Scarborough, ME 14.42 1.0 2 Kai Graves-Blanks 04 Rancho Cucamonga, C 14.48 1.0 3 Kendrick Smallwood 04 Mesquite, TX 14.54 1.0 4 Blaise Atkinson 04 Huntersville, NC 14.58 1.0 5 Giovanni Wearing 04 Leesburg, VA 14.63 1.0 6 Davis Davis-Lyric 04 Upland, CA 14.80 1.0 7 Aaron Davis Jr. 04 Houston, Tx 14.85 1.0 8 Michail Rose 05 Suffolk, VA 15.17 1.0
Scarborough soon to be junior Jayden Flaker posted the first official outdoor track and field results of 2020 for the state of Maine with his 400m hurdles race at the AAU Junior Olympic Games on Wednesday in Florida.
Flaker the Class A indoor 55m hurdle champion competing for the first time since the New England Indoor championship in late February posted a personal best 57.45 for the 400m hurdles in the 15-16 year old race. Jayden ran in section two and won the section by almost two seconds despite having to go over several hurdles with his non lead leg. He would finish tenth overall out of twenty finishers.
Emerson Flaker the sister of Jayden also competed in the meet, she raced in the 13-year-old 200m hurdles on Wednesday. Flaker won section one in a time of 31.63 and would finish third overall out of eight finishers. On Friday she finished fourth in the 13-year-old 100m hurdles clocking a huge personal best of 17.97. Emerson will be an eighth-grader this fall.