St. Thomas Aquinas junior Krystal Sparling and Celebration senior Jhonny Victor are this week's Athletes of the Week. Sparling was a part of three US#1 performances at the Sam Burley Hall of Fame Invitational. She started off the day with an 11.66 clocking in the 100 meters (tied US#1), then was a member of the nation leading 4x200 meter team which is nearly two seconds faster than anyone else. Sparling capped off her night with a new personal best and US#1 time of 23.73 in the 200 meters. Fresh off basketball season, Victor leaped a personal best 6'10" at the St. Cloud Invitational. His mark is currently tops in Florida and in a four way tie for third in the country!
Top featured stories and articles on MileSplit's state sites over the past week.
Marvin Bracy is having one of the best years of his life and that is saying something about the former Boone/FSU star. Running professionally for Adidas, Bracy rattled off three huge wins in a row taking 60 meter crowns and improving his personal bests each weekend. He won the New Balance Grand Prix in Boston, Millrose Games, and last week in Albuquerque, New Mexico was crowned USA Indoor Champion after running 6.48. The title punched his ticket to Sopot, Poland for this weekend's IAAF World Indoor Championships. We had a chance to see Marvin's final workout and catch up with him before he headed off to Poland. Check it out!
Over fifty teams from across the state will head to the Bolles School in Jacksonville for the Bolles Bulldog Classic. Last year's meet served as a coming out party for Leon's Sukhi Khosla. Khosla set the tone for the distance events winning the 3200 in a new personal best time of 9:16.73. He would go onto win the 3A Cross Country Finals later in the year. Both boys and girls distance fields are once again packed with the top talent in the state. See how the meet will play out according to our virtual meet!
Freedom senior Connor Ferrentino is eager to return to the state track meet. After finishing third in the 1600 meters as a sophomore, the University of Alabama signee had an injury plagued junior year. He is coming off a 2013 cross country campaign where he was district and regional runner-up and finished 8th at the 4A Cross Country Finals. In only his third meet of the year, Ferrentino has run a personal best time of 4:21.47. Over the course of the season Connor will be blogging for flrunners.com and sharing his experiences!
Hello, flrunners! First of all, thank you to Todd for giving me the opportunity to blog for track season as well. Track is my favorite time of the year, so I plan on enjoying every second of my last high school season. Meets are already under way and fast times have been filling up the rankings. Congrats to all on a great first few meets!
Two Northwestern Bulls stand atop the 3A girls track and field leaderboard. Sprinter Twanisha Terry leads the classification in both sprints the 100 (11.85) and 200 meters (24.03). Lloydricia Cameron reigns supreme as queen of the throws with her state leading discus and shot put marks. The boys' side is loaded with tons of state leading and nationally ranked performances, but no one individual has the top mark in more than one event! We will see if that changes as the season moves along!
We caught up with World Championship 200m bronze medalist Curtis Mitchell at a recent workout. See how he is preparing for the 2014 outdoor season, giving back to the community, as well as advice to young runners.
One of our favorite contributors Lindsey Porter uploaded this awesome gallery of photos from the Bay Conference Championships. Over 400 fantastic photos! Check them out! (via MileSplit)
There aren't quite as many meets on tap this weekend as last, but it will be another fast weekend for sure. A slew of teams will head to Jacksonville for the Bolles Bulldog Classic on Friday night. Saturday features two Central Florida dandies in the Kowboy Invitational (my alma mater) and the Lake Highland Prep Elite Track & Field Classic which will pit Teahna Daniels, Deanna HIll, and Kaylin Whitney against each other in the 100 and 200. As always we will be in full force with on-site coverage around the state. Find out where we will be and what's in store for the week of March 6- March 9, 2014.
Liberty has dominated Orange Belt Conference boys track the past four seasons, and Osceola was dominant in winning the conference girls title last year. (via www.aroundosceola.com)
Bolles senior Ashton Butler will not be competing for the Bulldogs this season, but that doesn't mean he is hanging up his track shoes. The FSU signee will be competing in open meets as an unattached athlete. He kicked off his season with a personal best of 23"5' in the long jump as well as a personal best from short approach in the triple jump 46"10'. Over the course of the year he will be blogging for flrunners and taking us a long for his senior year.
Only one person can say they are at the tops of the 2A leaderboard and that distincition belongs to Hallandale's Kimani Rushing who is first in the hurdle events as well as the triple jump after a great weekend at the Sam Burley Hall of Fame Invitational. On the boys' side two Miami standouts pave the way. Tyrone Thornton of Miami Jackson has the top marks in the 100 and long jump, while Booker T. Washington senior Krondis Larry is number one in the 200 and 400 meter dash.
A list of the top 50 outdoor track & field boys performances nationally according to results and performances entered in the MileSplit database as of March 5th.
A list of the top 50 outdoor track & field girls performances nationally according to results and performances entered in the MileSplit database as of March 5th.
When Alvin Bryant lined up for the start of the 100 meters at the Lake Brantley Invitational he had no idea how the race would play out. Nor did he know the surprise that was waiting for him shortly thereafter. The Dr. Phillips sophomore shot out of the blocks and crossed the line second with a new personal best of 10.99. Such a great performance deserves an interview right? See what happened next.
Miami Northwestern senior Lloydricia Cameron has become one of the most dominant throwers in the state racking up three state titles and two runner-up finishes in her four years. She boasts personal bests of 159-5 in the discus and 49-6.5 in the shot put. We caught up with the University of Florida signee to talk about the 2014 season, and her decision to be a Gator.
Hey everybody! Kendall back again for my weekly blog. Last weekend Saint Thomas Aquinas competed at the Sam Burley Invitational. Congratulations to the boys for winning overall and for my girls coming in second.
The Miami women's track team climbed 37 spots to ranked 20th in the USTFCCCA Top 25. (via Hurricanesports.com)
Holy Trinity senior and Stanford bound Daryth Gayles has the top time in 1A for both the 100 (11.87) and long jump (19-3.5). Gayles is also a member of the Tiger's 4x100 meter relay that clocked a leading time of 49.24 at the Phillip Dummer Elite Classic. See if you have the leading time/mark in your event and where you stack up against the top athletes in 1A!
Teri Berhnardt-Rodriguez was on-site at the Sam Burley Hall of fame Invitational in Miami. See all the pictures of the athletes and performance that were just as sizzling as the South Florida temperatures! Nearly 900 photos!
Florida’s Men & Women Take Over the Division I National Team Rankings (via USTFCCCA)
While riding to church on Sunday morning, my sister, Meara, handed me a note she’d written that read: "love Sundays because I get to praise God. Then, He does awesome things for me.” Because she is only seven years old, I was shocked by what I had just read.
The college indoor season is coming to a close with conference championships this week and the big dance coming up. Several Florida alumni claimed conference championships including former Palm Beach Lakes star and current Florida Gator Eddie Lovett. Lovett, pictured above at the 2010 state meet, won his fourth SEC indoor title, becoming the first hurdler to accomplish that feat. Check it all out in our Alumni Report for the week of February 24 - March 2, 2014.
What a busy week of track and field! I began my season this past Tuesday at Lincoln competing in both long and triple jump from short approaches. There was much excitement as I was nearing the start of my senior track and field season.
It required nothing less than complete team efforts for the Florida State men's and women's track & field teams to bring home Atlantic Coast Conference Indoor Championships trophies at the conclusion of Saturday's three-day meet at Clemson. (via www.seminoles.com)
The University of Florida women's track and field program captured its eighth SEC indoor championship Saturday, its third in the last five years, while the Gators men's squad notched a second-place finish to cap off a stellar weekend of competition for the Orange and Blue at the 2014 SEC Indoor Championships at Gilliam Indoor Track & Field Stadium on the Texas A&M campus. (via www.gatorzone.com)
I've always thought Florida was the fastest all around state in the country. This weekend confirmed my beliefs. Elite perfomances out the wazoo from South Florida to North Florida and across the state. We've got thousands of photos, over a hundred videos , articles, results and all the performances! Check out our Week In Review from this sizzling week of February 24 - March 2, 2014.
State leading times in almost every event, new national leaders, and that was just the tip of the iceberg at the Sam Burley Hall of Fame Invitational. The best runners in the state were at Southridge High School and posted 170 national elite times in one weekend! Teri Bernhardt-Rodriguez and Brad Raposo have all the coverage. Special thank you to Austin Monroe for his awesome photos as well as Virginia Walcott for the cover photo and helping with interviews!
Tom Connor was a photo taking machine at the Sarasota Riverview Ram Invite snapping over 2,000 photos. Check out all of the action from the meet!
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- St. Petersburg Middle School Championship 2014
- Greater Orlando Middle School Series #5 Championships
- JJ Corbett Track Invitational
- Alachua County Championship
- Palmetto JV Meet
- River Ridge Quad
- Seacrest Stingray Middle School Invitational
- St. Cloud Quad Meet #3
- St. Pete & Lakewood
- St. Petersburg Middle School Championship
- Tariq Barfield Invitational
- Bobby Harris to University of North Florida
- Lily Arnold to Washington & Lee University
- Leah Jostes to Brevard College
- Chris Olson to University of Florida
- Caitlin Wilson to San Jose State University
- Abigail Hagan to Belmont University
- Austin Decker to University of Florida
- Jobi Finau to University of South Alabama
- Manuel Velasquez to University of North Florida
- Jake Poore to University of Tampa