Track and field.
And maybe boxing.
Those are the sports about which Carson Middle School multisport standout Caleb Blake has enjoyed array of success in recent years in the Colorado Springs, Colorado area.
Given the continuous strides this 14-year-old, speedy, triple threat of an athlete has made of late, it’s safe to assume that Blake has shown no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
If nothing else, he appears destined to add another sport to what undoubtedly is starting to become a pretty intriguing athletic repertoire.
Among the reasons of that Blake’s background is such that this slim, 150-pounder is amongst a family of stellar athletes.
“I come from a line of talent,” Blake said during a recent interview. “Being surrounded by so much talent has been inspirational.”
Now we know why.
Blake not has a couple of uncles who are former NFL players, but his other brother, Demario Leonard, is headed to Colorado State University this fall on a football scholarship.
Add to the fact that Blake’s immense athletic prowess has been nothing short of impressive in recent years, and it’s no wonder many who have witnessed with amazement his rise in competitive sports believe the possibility exists that he could be just as efficient as those family members whom footsteps he’s following.
Never mind how big the footprints are, as Carson Middle football coach Justin Arnell has suggests.
“In my 13 years of coaching, I’ve coached numerous players that have gone on to find success in high school and college,” Arnell said. “I have no doubt Caleb is on that path. He’s an absolute pleasure to be around on a daily basis. He works hard, motivates others, and leads by example. He does all of this under the context of being a kid. He’s perfect by no means, but he’s aware of his weaknesses, he’s coachable, and works to improve himself daily. If Caleb Blake walks into your school consider yourself one lucky coach. He makes your job easy.”
To grasp a thorough understanding of why Blake’s coaches have given nothing short of rave reviews surrounding this rising standout, look no further the numbers he registered this past season, most notably on the gridiron.
To his credit, Blake was the catalyst of Carson Middle’s football team, having produced a team-best 11 touchdowns, which ultimately gave way to him being christened as the team’s Most Valuable Player.
He did not slow down there.
That’s because on the competitive wrestling circuit for Carson Middle, Blake had proven to be just as good as advertised when he won the league championship in his weight class.
Showing virtually no signs of a letdown, Blake held his own on in track and field when he recently broke the 200 meter record for eighth graders in the league competition.
In addition, he manufactured a new record in the 4×100 meters and came close to following suit in the 100 meters.
Not bad for a speedy, triple threat athlete whom many say his best days are well ahead of him.
Blake is headed near year to Fountain Fort Carson High School in nearby Fountain, Colorado.
“When it first dawned on me that he would be successful, I was overwhelmed with joy and gratitude,” said Jessie Williams, Blake’s mother. “As I watch my son dominate just about every sport in which he is involved, that grants me a strong sense of hope that he will go extremely far in sports. He has innate abilities to perform successfully, which few are blessed to have. Therefore, we are humbled that God chose him.”
Said Cleon Blake, Caleb Blake’s father and a former Florida State track and field star: “When I watch him play, I see that he has a gift. Although a gift that is not open is merely a box, I just hope he continues to focus and work ethically to open his box to pull out the great potential that lies within.”
That, after all, is among the reasons many believe that, without question, the sky’s the limit for this rising standout of an athlete.
Most importantly, Caleb Blake senses that as well.
“My parents are all involved and it increases my motivation when I have talks with my father, seeing my mother screaming from the stands or running from store to store to make sure I have what is needed,” Caleb Blake explained. “My step parents go above and beyond to make sure that I am successful as well. I am grateful to be surrounded by so much love and support.”
Regardless of whether it’s in football.
Track and field.
Maybe even boxing.
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