STOCKTON – Nearly 100 young athletes from ages 5 to 18 participated in an NFL-style combine Saturday at Weston Ranch High School put on by Elite Training Academy.
“This was a pro-style combine we put on here,” Corey Norwood of ETA said. “We wanted to do something for the kids that was special.
“We put this together so they could see what they would be doing in the future at the collegiate level or maybe the pro level.”
The athletes participated in the broad jump, hand-eye coordination, shuttle run, three-cone drill, 200-yard shuttle and 40-yard dash with the results being compiled and awards given to the top performers in each age group.
Elijah Rivers was the top competitor in the 5-8 year olds.
“This will be my first year of football,” Rivers said. “I am going to play for the Weston Ranch Cougars.
“I competed and I tried my best – that was basically it.”
Zion Allen was the top competitor for the 9-10 year olds.
“I worked hard and came in first,” Allen said. “The 200-yard thing was a long ways.”
Incoming Weston Ranch junior Erron Duncan wowed the crowd with his 40-yard dash time of 4.69 seconds.
“I have done way better in the 40,” Duncan said. “But I am coming off some injuries this summer so I was just trying to see what I could do.”
Cougars head coach Seth Davis was pleased with the way the event went.
“This was our first-ever pro style combine,” Davis said. “We had state-of-the-art equipment with laser timing – nothing was hand-timed today.
“Elite Training Academy of Tracy helped us put this on. The kids care about their 40 times and care about their vertical jump and that sort of thing. It was good to have these guys out here doing it the right way.”