Ronnie Baker, an Olympic sprinter, started out at his neighbourhood school, Willow Crest Elementary.
Willow Crest Elementary School in Anchorage, Alaska, was where the world’s fifth-fastest man got his start.
R. Baker Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
Ronnie Baker, who ran for the United States in the 4×100-meter men’s relay preliminaries on Wednesday night after finishing fifth in the 100-meter finals at the Tokyo Olympics, credits his passion for running to Willow Crest P.E. teacher Leroy Jones.
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Baker went to Willow Crest Elementary and Middle School before he and his family relocated from Alaska. After graduating from Ballard High School in Louisville, he went on to become a 12-time NCAA All-American for Texas Christian and two-time Gatorade track athlete of the year.
According to Willow Crest principal Dianna Beltran,
Baker was so fast that sometimes Jones gave other kids a head start in races so Baker would experience competition.
First-time Olympian Baker, 27, finished second in the 100-meter event at the United States Olympic Trials.
He won his first heat in 10.03 seconds in Tokyo’s 100-meter competition, and then he ran a 9.83, a lifetime best, to place second in his semifinal and advance to the finals. He ran a 9.95 and came in sixth; Lamont Jacobs of Italy won in 9.80.
Baker competed for an American team that did not make it through to the finals in the relay heats on Wednesday.
They came in sixth in their heat; the finals consisted of the top three teams from each of two heats plus the two teams with the best remaining times. There was simply no way for the sixth-place squad to make the playoffs.
In a time of 37.916 seconds, China won the heat. Italy came in at 37.95, Canada at 37.918, and then Canada at 38.
The American quartet of Trayvon Bromell, Fred Kerley, Baker, and Cravon Gillespie finished last in 38.10. Kerley and Baker’s clumsy baton exchange was costly; while they didn’t actually drop the baton, it was clearly not a seamless transition.
Baker participated in the cross-country running programme that Jones conducted after school at Willow Crest, and according to Beltran, he is the school’s most well-known alumnus.
To which I reply, “But the most renowned person here is Coach Jones, since everyone knows him,” she remarked.
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Beltran said that he is responsible for after-school sports programmes in a number of different areas, and that in April, he was named one of the country’s “Superhero Teachers” by The Happiness League, a programme that recognises outstanding educators around the country.
Thats’s her Time at the Olympics
- Former Olympic athlete (2020)
- The XVIII Olympiad, Tokyo, 2020 (100-meter)
Her Time Competing at the World Championship
- Most recently, a bronze medal was awarded in 2018 (60-meter)
- Participation Years: 2018 – Indoor
- The tally is: 1 medal (1 bronze)
- 2018 Bronze (60-meter)
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Here are a few Tidbits Regarding her Private Life:
Baker’s parents Ronald and Lachelle raised their son Ronnie…
After winning the 100 and 400 at the 3A state competition in Kentucky, he was named the Gatorade Kentucky Track & Field Athlete of the Year.
In TCU I studied kinesiology