In what was billed as a must watch 400m dash, the field at the 2017 Brooks PR Invitational didn't disappoint. Florida's 4A 200/400m state champion Jamal Walton of Miramar busted out of the blocks and won a thrilling race that featured four guys who had run under 46 seconds.
His time of 46.04 was a new meet record and nearly two tenth's of a second better than 2016 champion Elija Godwin of Georgia. Leon's Leander Forbes was 7th in 47.39.
At the awards ceremony later in the night held at the University of Washington, Walton was named boys meet MVP. Next up for the rising senior, he will race internationally in Sweden in two weeks against a field of professional athletes in hopes of lowering his personal bests and qualifying for the World Championship in London where he will represent Grand Cayman.
The boy's 100m dash had a Florida flare with three Sunshine State athletes in the field headlined by 3A state champion and USF signee Chauncy Smart. Smart who was third at the Adidas Dream 100 and finished third at Brooks PR in 2016, bettered that mark with a time of 10.55 and runner-up spot. He told us afterward he wasn't sure if he had pulled it out or not at the end.
He barely missed the top spot by two tenths of a second losing out to Baylor signee Isaiah Cunningham of California. Miramar teammates Terrence Horne Jr. and Taylor Banks finished fourth and fifth respectively in 10.59 and 10.62s.
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