Casey Combest

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  1. Sean Carlisle

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    Sports Illustrated did a major article on him several years ago. He won the high school 60m and his time was actually better than the NCAA champ from Tenn.The guy from Tenn won or placed in the olympics 100m yet Combest, theapparant even more promosing sprinter, dropped off radar. Does anyone know what happened to Combest ? I am sure him being a white US sprinter did not help his efforts here.
     
  2. SteveB

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    There has been some threads written here about Casey. He still holds the 60m high school record. The last I heard, he dropped out of college and is working a job in his hometown. Too bad as he could have been a good one.
     
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    http://www.the-messenger.com/articles/stories/199906<a href="http://www.the-messenger.com/articles/stories/199906/12/track_sports.html" target="_blank">/12/track_sports.html

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    After reading this article, I don't beel so bad that Casey Combest
    never made it. As a matter of fact, I'm glad that he's pumping
    gas or whatever the hell he's doing now. This race traitor is
    probably chillin' with his homies, drinking malt liquor and smokin' a
    little weed.
     
  5. jaxvid

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    Yikes!!!

    from the article:
    Combest refuses to see his success in black-and-white terms. He says the only race he cares about is the one on the track.

    ''I don't have a racist bone in my body,'' he said. ''Every girlfriend I've had since seventh grade has been black. I grew up around blacks.''

    The influence of black culture on Combest is clear in his speech and his mannerisms, something he said his white friends teased him about when he was younger.

    ''I never tried to act black,'' he said. ''That's just the way I am. Everyone has their own style.''

    Geez a white athlete I can't cheer for. I see he failed the SAT too, another "black" quality. Too bad there is no affirmative action for whiggers. Not yet anyway!!!
     
  6. Colonel_Reb

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    Jaxvid, this punk would have to be the white who beats all the blacks at a sprint race! [​IMG]
     
  7. Colonel Callan

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    Ah, most white kids have been so conditioned by the "propaganda"
    academies (you know, public schools) and the media they aren't racially
    aware when it comes to themselves.

    Combest did have the talent. Blew it. The media did not take lightly to
    him. When he came to CA (in HS) to run in the Arcadia Invitational the
    press had been grinding him pretty good, and had the crowd booing and
    rooting against him. It was disgusting. I think there are enough cracks
    the last few years that we wouldn't see that happen today.

    I think we should be more concerened with just having a "white guy"
    make it. Even if he does have some of the bad trappings of the MTV
    brainwashed. Why? Because their success shows other white kids that it's
    possible. Look at the much discussed Wariner. Unfortunately, he's not
    racially aware in terms of the assault on whites and their culture(s) and
    does exhibit some "whigger" behavior (it seems) , but his world beating
    success spurred Andrew Rock to the top, with Rock being second best in
    the world at a sprint. Two white men, from the US, gold and silver at the
    World Champs, in a sprint? Hey, now that it's happened for the first time
    in many a year, I hope that it spurs other white kids to success.

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  8. white tornado

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    In high school the blacks would say the reasonI was so good at sports was becauseI was realy "black on the inside".[​IMG] I whould always sayI was white.If a had said yeah i'm black on theinsidethat would just say blacks are better.
     
  9. Football Coach

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    What are you guy's Racist a##holes or something. What do Combest dating blacks or growing up around us have to do with you not looking up to him as a white sprinter. Many poor guy's white or black have a hard time making it out of the environment they were/are in. His handlers are the ones that need they butt's handed to them for just letting the guy run and run only get off the hate of others you look foolish and studid...The Coach by the way my son took second in that record race for Combest he was only a 10th grader at the time went on to Football after that year and now is in the NFL
     
  10. bwc_708

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    Hey Coach, you're the one who looks "studid".Have you ever heard of a question mark or a comma? The plural of "guy" is not "guy's",Coach.And that would be "their" butts handed to them,not "they" butts. What do you coach, pee-wee football?

    And by the way, Coach... Tell us what YOUR definition of a racist is, so I can tell you if I AM one.
     
  11. devans

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    The English used by bwc_708 may be flawed, but his reasoning isn't. People shouldn't get on this kids back just because he has black friends or enjoys black American culture. I would be more disappointed by wasted athletic talent and potential, or a lack of desire and competativeness.
     
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    There is no better reason to criticize someone then for the way they act. This is totally apart from the issue of race. The criticism of Casey Combest was based on his behavior. There is nothing wrong at all with criticizing a white man for acting like a black man. Do you know how I know this to be true? Because whenever a black man acts like a white man he is criticized. So if a black man can be criticized for acting white then the same should be true for a white man acting black. Besides, since black social behavior is so objectionable in blacks it can't be any better in whites, can it?
     
  13. Football Coach

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    You can call it what you wan't, your tone in this tread is racist. And you can call me what you wish too, In my typing I make many mistakes, I am a novice at it I do not proof read as I go, I just type at will. So there you have it O great one!

    Also you guys can keep flying your confederate flags here also, as the Colonel did to show what he believe's in!!! it was load and clear to me as are every other post here in this tread killing Casey, don't mingle with others that are not white...
     
  14. guest301

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    Great way to win over other people on this site from the beginning of your posts, Football Coach. Calling everybody here a "a##hole" and "a racist" What do you expect to accomplish other than to further what some on this thread already think of you. I am probably considered one of the more moderate members of this site in regards to racial relations and I don't even like you. How "studid" are you? Studid is as studid does apparantly.
     
  15. Football Coach

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    Jaxvid, what kind of moderator are you? your posts are just as bad. No wonder this tone goes on here at this site. I was sent here by Googles, I looking for some stories about Casey and your site came back Boy, you can blacklist me any time you won't! While surfing your site I found other racist crap here also great site...
     
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    Man, I didn't realize the Confederate flag had that kind of effect on people. Next Fourth of July it's going up in place of the ol' Stars and Stripes. If it discourages mingling I'm all for it!!
     
  17. Football Coach

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    RACIST site And RACIST A##HOLES like I said Before!!!!
     
  18. KG2422

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    That doesn't hurt my feelings FC. Anyone who is not at least a little bit racist is an idiot. Races and populations are different. Ray Charles could see that.
     
  19. jaxvid

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    What kind of moderator? Proud white man. Proud of my race, proud of my culture, proud of my people. I make no apologies for it. If you want to call me racist, I do not care. That so-called insult has no effect on me.

    What did you expect on a site that is openly pro-white? A weenie moderator that would back down when you threw the dreaded "RACIST" word around. HAH! This ain't the liberal fantasy world you must live in.

    All I expect from posters is that they are respectful, polite, and understand the reason for this site. If you cannot do that, then go elsewhere or we will ban you.
     
  20. Colonel Callan

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    Racist? Us?

    Man, the truth is always racist, anti-semitic, intolerant, hateful, you name it.
    I guess that's why they say the truth hurts.
     
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    Combest returns as 'a regular Joe'
    Big-time sprinter fell off track after starring in 1999 Challenge of Champions but has put his life back together
    Thursday, April 05, 2007
    By MIKE HERNDON
    Sports Reporter
    The last time Casey Combest came to Mobile, he was on top of the world. Known for his explosive start out of the blocks, the Owensboro (Ky.) High School star was one of the best high school sprinters in the country in 1999 and he lived up to his billing in the Challenge of Champions.

    When Combest returns to Mobile this weekend, he will be at a much different place in his life. While other sprinters have gone on to Olympic fame and professional paydays, Combest never ran beyond the junior-college level. He's been through some ups and downs and has landed on his feet, falling into the roles of small-business owner and father.

    And while he misses track and field, he doesn't regret leaving it.

    "I don't feel like I threw it away. I just never made it to the Olympics," said Combest, who still holds the national record in the 60-meter indoors sprint. "I just think God has a plan for everything. I'm OK with being a regular Joe."

    Combest was anything but regular when he competed in the 1999 Challenge of Champions, blowing away the field in the 100 meters with a hand-held time of 10.06. Because the meet's automatic timing equipment malfunctioned, Combest's time had to be adjusted and was officially reported at 10.34.

    "You would have thought he was a rock star," Challenge of Champions meet organizer Steve Schoenewald said. "The fans were going crazy; they were high-fiving each other. It was just a magical night."

    Combest said he went home and told his father, "I don't think I can run any faster than that right there."

    It wasn't long after that night, however, that Combest's star began to fade. He missed the Kentucky state championships later that year with an injury and the down time led him straight into trouble. Combest, whose upbringing was far from lavish, was arrested for selling marijuana.

    "I thought, my friends are making $800, $900, let me do that," he said. "The next thing you know, I'm making money. Then the next thing you know, I'm in trouble."

    He spent two months in jail, got a couple of years probation and went off to Wallace Community College in Hanceville, looking to prove to the judge, the folks back home and himself that he wasn't a bad apple. He seemed to pick up where he left off, winning the junior-college national title in the 60 meters. But it wasn't the beginning of a promising career, it was the end.

    Even today, he wishes he could have turned pro and earned some big paychecks. But he wasn't willing to risk his health to do it.

    "I was good enough to run with the pros out of high school but I never got a chance to because of those guys taking steroids," Combest said. "I couldn't train any harder. I trained 'til I puked. ... I thought I might get on the steroids and get paid. They're only paying for first, second or third and if you're not on the 'roids, you're not getting paid. They're going from 10.4 in high school to 9.6 and 9.7 in the 100.

    "My daddy told me, 'I want you around, instead of the money.' I think that's when my life changed."

    Combest went back home to Henderson, Ky., and went to work in a plant that manufactures wheels for commercial trucks. The experience was an eye-opener.

    "I really didn't know what working was all about," he said. "All I did was work on the track. When I left, I didn't have anything to fall back on."

    Combest's track skills would help him in unexpected places, however. He helped his plant manager's son, a promising high school football player, bring down his 40-yard-dash time, and the manager was so thankful he helped Combest go into business for himself. Combest's company, JBJ Janitorial, now holds the contract to clean the plant where he once worked.

    Combest said his life is good. He has a daughter, 3-year-old Naraya, and is expecting a son. His business is affording him a comfortable living. He doesn't regret leaving the stress of his training regimen behind, but there is one thing he misses.

    "I miss the anticipation," he said. "I miss the feeling of getting it on. I'm trying to take the same goals and apply them to my business and my life."

    Combest said he's looking forward to returning to the Challenge of Champions, where he'll present the medals for winners in the 100.
     
  22. Alpha Male

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    I have alot of respect for this guy:

    ''I think there may be white sprinters out there who we don't know about because they're playing other sports,'' he said. ''I don't see any reason why a white sprinter can't be a great athlete. They have them in Norway; they have them in Russia.''


    "I was good enough to run with the pros out of high school but I never got a chance to because of those guys taking steroids," Combest said. "I couldn't train any harder. I trained 'til I puked. ... I thought I might get on the steroids and get paid. They're only paying for first, second or third and if you're not on the 'roids, you're not getting paid. They're going from 10.4 in high school to 9.6 and 9.7 in the 100.

    As far as I can see it, this guy is an asset to our cause. More white athletes need to be as outspoken.



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  23. Guest

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    Personally, I have a hard time respecting a quitter. He quit training, and dropped out of college at 20. Sprinters don't peak until around 26. If he was running a 10.4 as a high schoolsenior, and took.05 to .1off histime every year as he got stronger, and body continued to fill out like the other topsprinters, by the time he was 26, who knows what he may have done.If he hadthe right commitment and genetics, you could and should have beencompetitive.


    The problem with Combest was, he just happened to peak at 18. He never cracked a 6.72 at Wallace State, andwon the JUCO championships in 2001 with a ridiculous 6.78. Then he quit, and opted tocastigate everyone else who stuck with it day in and day out for another5 to 10 years,rather than just admit he couldn't hack it.Being that he ran a 6.62 and 6.57 at the 1999 championships, andcould only muster a 6.78 two year later,and was nowhere near that fast his high school freshman tojunior years, it lookslike HE may have been the one juicing his senior year.With the stricter collegiate testing, I'd venture to guess he didn't wanna chance getting caught.Perhaps guilt of his own possible usage is what's making him accuse others whether they're using or not.
     
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    He may have peaked early or not had the right work ethic but he was not on the juice.This kid is and was Mr. Puniverse.Casey was one of the skinniest kids I have ever seen in my life.If he was on roids,I don't think he would weigh around 130lbs soaking wet. [​IMG]

    Casey was most guilty of hanging out with the wrong crowd.That was his biggest downfall.It's very sad but we all make choices that we have to live by.
     
  25. white is right

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    He supposedly grew up in government housing and was a "junior G". I think he would have had problems as a senior as he looked too tiny to handle the workload of a more muscular runner. He has a point about juicing though.. [​IMG]
     

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