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Discussion in 'Track & Field' started by limitless, Jul 7, 2016.
If this guy does not continue his track career, it would be a tragedy.
Posted: Thursday, February 25, 2016 6:18 pm
Teeters’ powerful journey nearing its end Matt McClain, Sports Reporter, @mattdmcclain The O'Colly
It was the first time anyone saw the sheer power of John Teeters.
Teeters was a freshman at the University of Tulsa. It was the offseason, and Teeters was working on lower body strength.
Tulsa sprints coach Clif Mitchell told Teeters to squat whatever weight he lifted in his summer workouts. Other athletes in the weight room caught Mitchell’s attention. Mitchell looked back at Teeters 15 minutes later.
There was 420 pounds on Teeters’ bar.
Mitchell was shocked because Teeters had never done lower body lifting until six weeks before getting to campus.
“John,” Mitchell said. “What are you doing?”
“What do you mean, coach?” Teeters said. “I did 500 over the summer.”
Teeters went from never squatting to lifting 500 pounds in six weeks.
It was freakish, Mitchell said.
The sheer power on display that day can be seen on the track when Teeters is running as a Cowboy at the Oklahoma State University Track and Field Complex.
When Teeters came to OSU, there wasn’t a sprints coach.
It wasn’t a problem because others had sprinted for the Cowboys without a coach. In fact, OSU didn’t have a sprints coach for 30 years. Then, Teeters’ new mentor, Diego Flaquer, was hired a week after Teeters joined OSU track.
The coach and athlete's relationship started by chance and has blossomed into something special.
“When you have a coach and athlete relationship like me and John have, it’s much more complex than just telling a person what to do,” Flaquer said. “We look at our situation more as we thrive off of each other’s energy, passion, direction and our vision for what it is that we want him to accomplish here and beyond in his career.”
That vision has been turned in to reality.
Teeters has been steadily improving throughout his career as a Cowboy.
He broke the OSU record in the indoor 60 meters in his first season.
Teeters’ outdoor season was even more stellar. He took third and ran an OSU-record 9.91 seconds in the 100 meters in the Big 12 Outdoor Championships.
Teeters cemented his legacy in the 2015 indoor season. He ran a school-record 6.52 seconds in the 60 meters and finished second at the NCAA Championships.
The powerful sprinter has maintained his time at a collegiate-best 6.52 seconds this season.
“We changed our training and polished some technique,” Teeters said. “I’m a power sprinter, so I was focused on weights. To get to the next gear, we needed to lay off the weights and work on some other things.”
Working on those other things with Flaquer seemed unlikely during Teeters’ high school career.
The first sport Teeters found success in was not track. He enjoyed playing wide receiver, cornerback and safety at Edmond Memorial High School for 2 1/2 years.
The politics of 6A high school football was off-putting to Teeters.
To satisfy his competitive spirit, Teeters turned to tennis and track.
“My dad always told me I would be good at track,” Teeters said. “I eventually came out and ran really well. I realized I could do something with it.”
Teeters’ inexperience contributed to the lack of schools that recruited him.
A broken foot Teeters suffered complicated the recruiting process for him even more.
“There were a couple of schools looking at me, but when I told them about my foot they just stopped emailing me,” Teeters said. “Tulsa gave me a chance.”
As a Golden Hurricane, Teeters finished fifth at the Conference-USA Indoor Championships in the 60 meters. He also qualified for the NCAA West Regionals in three events.
While Teeters was having success on the track, he was struggling off it.
About halfway through his freshman season, he knew he wanted to transfer, Teeters said.
“I wasn’t really a fan of the location and the campus,” Teeters said. “The student life experience was very plain. It was the same thing over and over. I was talking to the same people over and over. It was almost like a boarding school. The school didn’t give any leeway to athletes. That was tough for me. I was struggling academically.”
Teeters went searching for a new school to call home and found something extremely different in OSU.
“He’s more of a social guy and wanted a bigger environment,” Mitchell said. “He had a lot of friends that went to OSU from high school and he wanted to be with them.”
The beginning at OSU was great for Teeters. Now, the end is near.
Teeters will compete in the Big 12 Championships on Friday and Saturday and in the NCAA Championships on March 11-12.
Winning those events would be a powerful end to a powerful career.
“It would mean everything,” Teeters said. “I’ve hit something good, but something was missing every time. I never ran 6.5, win a national title and run the fastest time of the year. I’ve never done all of those so the next step is to take home a title.”
I hope the kid sticks with it - being White I have to wonder if anyone will want to sign him on for further development. I would think his 10.0 (really 9.995) probably scared off a lot of people.
Glad to hear that he signed a pro contract with underarmor.
The sky is the limit for this guy. He has awful form and I mean really awful,an amateur coach,a limited background in track and never had a training group at Oklahoma state.
Now he can train with a solid group and pro coach. I recommend Dan Pfaff in Arizona.
I see John Teeters going 6.45/9.80 approx. in the near future
Good news and bad news. Teeters is still running!! (American track league Houston) He didn't do that great.
1 CAN Andre De Grasse 10.02 6
2 JAM Asafa Powell 10.08 5
3 JAM Dexter Lee 10.14 4
4 USA Beejay Lee 10.16 7
5 CHN Xie Zhenye 10.18 2
6 USA John Teeters 10.21 8
7 USA Clayton Vaughn 10.24 1
8 ZAM Gerald Phiri 10.25 3
It's been a long indoor/outdoor season for John Teeters. Just glad to see him get in a race against the pros. We all
know he has all the talent to succeed. He needs to find a good coach, and work on his form and mechanical issues. Once
he does that the sky is the limit. He has everything needed physically and mentally. Just needs good coaching!
This kid is a beast and I feel he will benefit greatly from top level coaching next year. His form issues need to be ironed out, when this happens watch out!!! He has run 10 flat with no real technical form, if he progresses form wise like I said he will blow peoples minds at his times. The only real question is...are there any coaches in America who will take on a supremely talented/raw white sprinter?
oh forgot to mention...I am Canadian and I don't cheer for De Grasse....even if he is partly white...
I put in the personal bests of the guys Teeters ran against in his last meet to give perspective on the caliber of his competition in America.
1 Quentin Butler San Francisco 10.06 +2.0 PB 9.96
2 John Teeters San Francisco 10.15 +2.0 PB 10.00
3 Joe Morris Portland 10.16 +2.0 PB 10.15
4 Clayton Vaughn Philadelphia 10.21 +2.0 PB 9.93
5 Ryan Bailey Portland 10.36 +2.0 PB 9.88
6 Mookie Salaam Philadelphia 10.39 +2.0 PB 9.97
Teeters so far this year. Nothing special, but it's early
60m ind. 6.65 Lawrence (USA) 06.01.2017
100m 10.29 +1.2 Philadelphia (USA) 29.04.2017
100m 10.10 +3.1 Norman (USA) 22.04.2017
200m 20.99 -0.4 Norman (USA) 22.04.2017
4x100m 38.87 Philadelphia (USA) 29.04.2017
Teeters is on the list of athletes eligible for a contract extension for the Track Town Summer Series.
When I was looking at the list, there was an athlete on their named, Luke Janezic. He is a 21 year old kid from Slovenia who has a PB of 45.07 in the 400 meters. He is 6'-4."
Ivet Lalova was in there too.
Came across a video on youtube of the 10 fastest non black 100 meter sprinters ever. John Teeters was in the video at the 1 minute mark with his 10.00 run. I noticed he crosses the finish line around the 9.8 second mark. Can the clock that was on the tv screen be that inaccurate? If that clock is even close to being accurate, then he ran well under 10 seconds.
His run starts exactly at the 1 minute mark.
It's sort of good to know this information is now out-of-date. It points to progression
Teeters will continue as a pro .....has had continual smaller injuries ...and I suspect there may be a coaching change pretty soon .....teeters had initially wanted to do the European circuit ....