On Nov. 4, the City of Compton hosted its official Champion Track Banquet at Dollarhide Community Center to honor both the Compton Electric Speed track team and the Imani Speed City Compton Track Club.
During the Nov. 8 edition of The Bulletin, the newspaper highlighted the achievements of the Imani Speed City Compton Track Club.
In this edition, The Bulletin celebrates and pays homage to the youths that make up members of the Compton Electric Speed track team. Among the luminaries attending the Nov. 4 event that honored both track teams were Compton Mayor Emma Sharif, Sen. Steve Bradford, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, and Assemblyman Mike Gipson.
The Compton Electric Speed team originated in 2020. This was smack in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Compton Electric Speed found its footing as a legitimate AAU track Club. Keith Burroughs is the club’s head coach. Joe Hunter is the assistant coach of the team.
The two men have the same bonding link in that both Burroughs and Hunter are natives of Compton. Although the track team does not have a regular home to practice on, the Compton Electric Speed team members are faithful.
“Unfortunately, there isn’t any track available or open for any track program to practice on,” Burroughs said by email. “We organize practice anywhere we are able to, parks, beaches, etc. Our track club isn’t a huge track club on purpose, we have 25 kids on our team. It gives our program the ability to develop our athletes to reach their maximum abilities.”
The Compton Electric Speed participated in the 2023 USATF Junior Olympics in Eugene, Oregon, where they took 11 athletes and brought home a total of 23 medals, two national records, and a total of 4 national titles.
Also, with fundraising and the efforts of amazing parents, the team was able to compete in the 2023 AAU Junior Olympics in Des Moines, Iowa as well. The Compton Electric Speed team took a total of 12 athletes and brought back a total of 20 medals and a national title and a host of All-American honors.
“It’s a big deal for Coach Joe and myself to be honored and recognized not only by the City of Compton but by Mayor Emma Sharif and her amazing staff,” Burroughs said.
The team will be handing out turkeys to residents of the city of Compton just before the Thanksgiving holiday.
“Our mission is to continue to shine a light on the city of Compton and the good things going on in our community and with our youth,” Burroughs added.