Besides the keynote event of the Boys 3200, there were some other great performances. Kayla Hale 10:42 3200, Justin Manchester 37.66 300H, Jordan Byas 47.39 400, and others. Here is a summary of the event-by-event highlights of the top times and marks.
Joe Franlin took his time and paced himself, as the elite field in the high school seeded division of the Boys 3200m at the FSU Relays thinned out. And then he dropped the hammer big time, picked his way through the pack, and then blew the doors off on the last lap. He finished with a 9:15 over Connor Revord. So much for the theory the Florida state meet 1600 meter record holder is only an 800-1600 guy. Franklin has always worked to show his versatility and break out of anyone who would pigeon hole his talent into one event. Going into the race, reportedly Franklin was reluctant to even run the event. But at the insistance of his coach and his father he entered anyway instead of focusing on the mile! Glad he did so we get a chance to see this gem of a race! Full Race Video (By Nick Karmanos) Boys 3200 Meter Summary | Other Friday Highlights Complete Results & Coverage - Teams from FL, GA, AL, NJ, TN, CO Competed
Another always entertaining and energetic meet summary from Ralph Epifanio! This was a great meet that included great performances from Amanda Perkins, Ebony Eutsey, Chris Lickfield, and others. Photos will follow tomorrow.
In day two of the three day Disney Invitational (first day of high school events), the meet was largely filled with unfamiliar faces. That's because at this Easter weekend meet, a majority of the teams are from out of state or even international. However, it was one Floridian who stood out in particular today. His name is John Mitchell. You may not have heard of him yet, but you will. This Durant junior is a track & field rookie and he is really starting to come into his own! Last week, in just his third ever 1600 meter race, he ran a personal best of 4:31. And today he did quite a bit better. After being content to sit back in third place for most of the race, he started closing the gap and moved into second place to start the bell lap. And then with 300 meters to go he started kicking and caught the leader at around the 200 mark. By the 100 meter mark he left little doubt and started to pull away from Novia Scotia's Matias Wolter. Mitchell finished with a 8 second PR of 4:23.39 to Wolter's 4:25.48. High School Photo Album (566) John Mitchell Interview w/Race Footage Day 1, 2, and 3 Complete Results (High School and College)
For a glimpse into the future, witness the annual freshman/sophomore track meets held throughout the state(s). Here is the birthplace of stars: runners, jumpers, and throwers who are almost, but not quite, threatening to overtake their upper class counterparts in the domination of their respective specialties. With such notables as Alex Frazier and Brooke Nebel working the finish line at Spruce Creek’s brand new track, the underclassmen reigned supreme. Although running without his cape, Flagler-Palm Coast’s Brandon Earle was nonetheless invincible in the distance events. He dominated both the 800 (2:06.57) and the 1600 (4:51.82) after anchoring FPC’s 4 X 800 to a winning time (8:47.19) that was over half a minute faster than runner-up Spruce Creek (9:17.43). And he wasn’t the least bit shy in taking the early lead in both open events. Photos
This course had more twists and turns than a bowl of spaghetti. The course map--highlighted in a color that looked suspiciously like Chef Boyardee pasta sauce--showed no less than 27 spots where a runner would have to downshift, then turn a corner, before resuming his race pace. Being young and lean, Andrew Epifanio had no problem at all with the turns. A late entrant because his DeLand High School track team pulled out of a meet the night before, he ate up the roads around Victoria Park. In fact, he was so close to John Boyle’s lead bicycle that it looked for awhile like Boyle might lose the race. Boyle, however, managed to cut him off at the finish line, so Andrew had to settle for second…but was the first runner (18:24).
Kayla Hale, Brittany Koziara, Joseph Franklin, and others from Florida will be competing at Nike Indoor in Landover, Maryland this weekend. We will have on site coverage through our MileSplit US portal. Look for photos and videos to come and inside this article you'll find the complete final start lists for each event.
While most of Florida's top athletes who are competing in an Indoor National meet are headed to Nike Indoor this weekend, a host of others including a large group from Tampa are headed to New York City for the rival national meet National Scholastic Indoors. This is being held at the world famous Armory track. We will have on on site photos, videos, and other coverage from this race as well this weekend.
The field is rounding out and the rankings are now dominated by the traditional powerhouses--plus a few darkhorses. But it is Miami Southridge who is now dominantly in the lead for the girls and holding strong to the boys lead with St. Thomas Aquinas a close second. Again these rankings are non-subjective and are mathamatically calculated by scoring the state individual and relay rankings. Check it out!
It was a bitterly cold and windy night in Port Orange for the Spruce Creek Invitational. It was the first meet held at Spruce Creek in decades and the school was excited to break in their beautiful new rubberized track. An hour and a half from home, it was two of the state's best from Lake County who burned up the track even under chilly conditions. Jeffrey Demps, a senior at South Lake HS who signed a football scholarship with UF last month, followed up his 10.68 prelim performance to finish with a state leading 10.60 in the 100 meter finals. Later in the night, he got his second win with a 21.90 200 meter dash--over a second in front of the second place finisher. Leesburg's Shericka Ward cruised to big victories in both hurdle events, with a 14.90 in the 100H and a 46.67 in the 300H--4th best in the state this season. Other top performances: Brooke Nebel 2:21.17 800m, Lutrisha Altidor 58.71 400m, Ryan Noeker 4:08.79 and Phillip Wise 4:11.07 1500m, Amanda Perkins 4:47.19 1500m, David Howard 14.46 110H, Wilamena Hopkins 117-4 Discus. Complete Results Over 300 Photos of Running Finals Jeff Demps Video Interview
Riley Egan of St. Thomas Aquinas vaulted to a huge new PR of 15-10, which places him squarely in the state leader position this season. The performance came at the St. Thomas Aquinas Tri-Meet on Wednesday. High school mid-week meets with results reported: St. Thomas Aquinas Tri-Meet, Bay County Mini Meet, Leesburg Invitational, Big Five: Southridge, Killian, South Dade, Homestead, Coral Reef, Ferguson Quad Meet: Columbus / Lourdes, Miami Springs, Miami SR, Godby Home Meet, Cypress Bay Meet. And middle school meets this week so far: Bradford Middle School Invitational, Crusader Classic MS Invitational, Lake Highland Middle School Meet #3, The First Academy MS Meet #2.
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We scored the individual/relay rankings for all state meet contested events 30 deep to try to determine who the top teams are so far this season. It is very early on, but we had a substantial amount of results from this weekend and our database that now includes all performances from all meets (with properly submitted meet results) is ripe to give us fun stats like this! We could potentially score this thing even deeper than 30... and at some point in the season we'll try to get all classifications, regions, and districts in there and could do similar rankings broken down by those! Look for that this year!
The East Coast Classic showcased some of the best distance talent so far this year including a Hale/Perkins battle in the 1600 and Brian Atkinson looking amazing int he 3200. Jupiter Warrior Invitational, Lake Highland Invitational, Astronaut Open, Wildcat Open, and others help fill out the state rankings for our newborn season! Check out a summary of the most impessive performances inside... State Rankings updated with Friday performances: Boys | Girls
Emilie Amaro finished seventh overall in the Junior Womens 4K at the NACAC (North American, Central American, and Carribean) Cross Country Championships at Disney today. She was the second American in the race, behind Emilie Reese of Georgia, against competitors from Canada, Puerto Rico, and the Bahamas. Her time was 13:35 over the 4090 meter course. Full results...