Kennedy High School senior Allana Reames has been awarded an athletic scholarship to Azusa Pacific University for track and field. Reames is ranked in the top five students at Kennedy with a 4.0 grade point average. She was also offered positions at Howard University, Norfolk State, and Seattle University but she has decided to take the one at Azusa Pacific.
“Allana is one of the only female athletes to receive a track scholarship at Kennedy High School in the last decade,” said athletic director Michael Bobino. “This means so much to her school and community.”
The track team has indeed proven successful in training athletes. On February 25 at the De LaSalle/Super 7 Invitationals meet held in Pleasant Hill, the Kennedy women’s relay team finished in second place for the 4X100 (with a time of 50.50 seconds) and 4X200 relays (1:48.78), beating schools like Carondelet High School and rival Hercules High School. Reames’ team placed fourth in the 4X100 meter relay at the NCS Bayshore Championships which were held in Union City on May 19th with a time of 49.24 seconds.
The men’s team came in first place in the 4X100 meter relays at the NCS Meet of Champions on May 26. This year, three seniors at Kennedy High School were awarded athletic scholarships, including Lenard Walden and Eric Mims who received offers from Texas College, and Kenneth Walker III who received an offer from UCLA for football.
Reames whose main track events are the 200 and 400 meter races says she is looking forward to moving down to Azusa Pacific University to study biology. Azusa Pacific University is a Division II school in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) located near Los Angeles. After being approached by APU’s head coach Mike Barnett, Reames worked with Coach ‘Carl Sumler from Kennedy on improving her times in individual 200 and 400 meter races. Before leaving for training in July, Reames wants to get a part time job and continue to run with Kennedy High School’s track club.
“Kennedy laid the foundation for me to develop as a runner, so I’m excited to see where my running will take me,” said Reames. “I haven’t visited the school yet, but I’ve seen photos of the facilities online and I’m impressed.”