A Gresham youngster tore up the track last week during a national meet that had him competing alongside fellow speedsters from across the country.
Kendall Miller, 6 1/2 years old, qualified to run the 100 at the U.S. Track & Field Nationals that was held Thursday, July 28, in Sacramento, California. Despite the sweltering temperatures and stiff competition from older athletes, Miller ran well, crossing with a time of 16.65 in the 8-and-under division.
Miller traveled to the national meet as an unattached runner — he is too young for any of the local track clubs in East County. The Hogan Cedars Elementary student will be a first grader this fall.
For now he is coached by his mother, Sara Miller, who is an assistant coach at Gresham High School, where she also teaches. Her son loves to work out with the high school athletes.
An active kid, Miller was first drawn to track and field because of his love for speed. It wasn't long after learning to walk that he began to zoom around the home.
His passion for the sport began in the summer of 2019 when he participated in The Grant All-Comer meets at Grant High School. Last year was his first time competing in USATF, where he placed third in the 100 at the Oregon Championships as a 5-year-old.
This year he won the Oregon Junior Olympic Championships in the 100, and placed second in the 200 at a Barlow High School meet. In Regionals, hosted at Hanford High School in Richland, Washington, Miller took seventh in the 100, which qualified him for Nationals.
You count on us to stay informed and we depend on you to fund our efforts. Quality local journalism takes time and money. Please support us to protect the future of community journalism.