Lucas Bourgoyne, 10, continues to prove that he’s pretty fast runner. At the recently completed 2011 AAU Junior Olympics held at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans, Bourgoyne took a first place in the 1500 meters with a time of 04:56.81 and another first place in the 800 meters at 02:21.98.
He had to overtake Marcus Freeman from Murphy, Texas, who led early in both races. “He was a tough one,” said Bourgoyne in reference to Freeman. Rene′, Lucas’ father describes the 800 meter race between Lucas and Freeman.
“Lucas was 20 meters back with 200 meters left, in fourth place. He had to go around the outside of two other runners to even get to the leader. Freeman is very fast. I told him (Lucas) you cannot be behind with 200 meters left, not even be even. You have to be in front of him.” Lucas was telling himself the last 200 meters that he was going to prove to his dad that he had foot speed. “He got there, barely. He beat the kid at the line. He did a pick-up and the kid couldn’t keep up with him…that is where he won the race.”
Lucas says the last 200 meters is the toughest part of the race, “finishing the race, trying to kick, run as fast as you can so you can get your best time, trying to get that second wind.”
Bourgoyne in his short two year running career has broken eight World records for 8 and 9 year olds from 500 to 5000 meters. He has broken 12 National records for 8 and 9 year olds. He won four National championships in 2010 and nine in 2011; he has received 13 All-American honors in 2010 and 2011.
In 2010 Bourgoyne was one of the top three finalists for the Sports Illustrated SportsKid of the Year. Two-sport star Jessica Aney, 12, was the 2010 SportsKid of the Year. Aney is a nationally ranked tennis player in her age group and a member of an elite hockey team last year.
Lucas’ favorite races are 400 meter through the 5K. “I like the longer distance races the best, like the 5K. I just enjoy distance more.”
“The longer the race, the better he gets,” says Coach Dave Jantzen at Houston Christian High School. Jantzen provides guidance but isn’t his coach. Lucas’s father Rene′ and Grace Hivnor handle the actual training. Rene′ Bourgoyne has track experience with Baylor University; Hivnor with Georgia Tech University.
“He (Lucas) can do pretty well in the short races because he’s really a fast kid when compared to local 10 year olds, but when he gets to the national level he can’t really win those races,” continued Jantzen. “There are some big 10 year olds, more mature for their age. In the sprints it’s a lot more strength than speed. He doesn’t have the strength and size that some of those kids do.” Lucas is 4 foot, 7 inches tall.
Rene′ Lucas confirms that Lucas hasn’t trained for the shorter distances. “He has some times on the first 200 of the 400 meter that would have actually gotten him into the final eight in the Junior Olympics, but he didn’t run that race. He has actually set three world records at 500 and 600 meters. We train for long distance so we don’t do enough short distance work.”
Lucas’s final comments on running: “It’s just relaxing to me. It’s fun, and my dad used to do it so I want to see if I can beat him.” Rene′ says he can still beat Lucas in the sprints but not in the longer races. “He’s a blessing to our family and fun to watch. There is nothing like the freedom I see in him when he runs. On days when he is really on, it makes me want to be a kid again!”