TRACK & FIELD SPOTLIGHT: AMIR RASUL JR.
BY ERIC IKPE
When it comes to being the best of the best, Amir Rasul Jr. knows it all so well.
In 2011, at the AAU Junior Olympics games, Amir broke the national record in the Sub-Youth Boys' 100 meter dash in 2011 with a sizzling time of 11.15.
"When you put [God first] and work hard , the rest will take care of itself," Head Coach and Father Amir Rasul Sr. said."Amir works hard, and he likes to compete."
Track and Field is not the only sport that Amir competes in. His first sport is Football, playing the position of Running back, Defensive end and Outside linebacker for the Palmetto Raiders.
"Football is his first, then track; [Palmetto] had a great year," Amir Rasul Sr said. "They lost to the Florida City Razorbacks in double overtime in the Sean Taylor classic, but Amir always gives it his all."
Not only standing out on the field, Amir has received acceptance letters from Central Rockets High School (Engineering program), Belen Jesuit Preparatory School, Coral Reef High School, and end up selecting Christopher Columbus High School.
"All of those schools have great programs," Raul Sr said. "We wanted to stay down south and like the direction and vision that [Columbus] has."
Returning to the Track field after being out for two weeks (back muscle injury), Amir returned Saturday, at the Miramar Ansin Sports Complex. Coming in second place the 400's behind nationally ranked, Jamal Walton, but shined in his favorite event by dominating the 200 meter, coming in first place with a blazing time of 22.10.
"This means a lot to me, I got some revenge from the earlier race I lost," Amir Jr said. "When I was approaching the finish line, I didn't even bend down."
As Amir Jr takes his talents to the next level, his name will continue to ring bells in all eardrums across South Florida and the entire nation.
"Our motto is you can ride the train or get run over by it," Amir Sr said. "With [God] all things are possible, and you can do all things."
Look for Amir to return back to the junior olympics this year, and he is the favorite to dominate the 200 meter again.