Florida Relays Day Two Recap: All-Time Great Performances & The Best 1600 of The Year!

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Photos: Day 1 - Day 2 


1600m Invite Girls

You would think after a hard 3200m effort the day before and a near personal best of 10:35.69, South Forsyth (GA) senior Savannah Carnahan would be a little bit tired. But, there she was Friday night, streaking to the front of the pack from the gun to take the lead at 400m in 70 seconds.

"My plan was to go out in 1:10 and then seeing if I could get close 2:20 overall," said a delighted Carnahan who came through the 800 meter in 2:24 after a 74 second lap.

Dillard's Brittany Gill and Lake Brantley's Sinclair Johnson were the only ones who could keep up with the strong pace through the second lap. But after another lap of 73.4, Carnahan was on her own as Gill and Johnson were gapped.

Milton's (GA) Riley Burr, Carnahan's future college teammate, was caught behind the others and by the backstretch of the third lap used a big surge to go past Gill and Johnson. But the damage was done.

Carnahan maintained her gap closing in 72.7 to win and an 8.45 second personal best of 4:50.9.

"I have never run a mile so even in my life," said Carnahan who rattled off her splits with ease- she has a knack for remembering all her splits." That makes me very happy. I felt like I was floating the whole time. "

Burr kept charging over the final 400 meters possibly hoping to outkick Carnahan as she did at last year's state championship, but could not bridge the humongous gap. She finished in a 0.98 second personal best of 4:54.65 to finish second.

Lake Brantley's Sinclaire Johnson made a strong move at 200m to take third and lowered her personal best by 2.66 seconds to a 4:57.27. Gill PRed by 4.68 to finish fourth in 4:57.27 and Lauren Archer eked out a personal best by 0.11 to finish fifth in 5:00.22. 

1600 Invite Boys

Lyman's Jordan Armstrong knew coming in that some in the field would be tired from the previous day's or earlier efforts coming into the 1600m Invitational. He would know, last week at the FSU Relays, he PRed by 5.85 in the 3200m Friday night in 9:13.55 and then came back a day later a little tired to run another PR with a 4:18.28 in the 1600 m.

So when Flagler Palm Coast's Justin Pacifico and Oakleaf's David Hall took the lead through 400m in 63.3, Armstrong followed closely. By 600m though, he took the lead before being overtaken by Charlotte's Marshall Dillon at the 800m in 2:10.8(67.5).

"The second lap it slowed down quite a bit," said Armstrong. "We came through in 2:10 high. I thought would be faster than that. I was hoping to come in at 2:06-2:07."

Armstrong got his wish as Lake Mary's John Lyons and eventually Dillon cranked out a 63.3 to bring the field through 1200m in 3:14.2. Just after the bell on the turn, Armstrong took the lead and never looked back lowering his personal best by 3.42 to a 4:14.86. His last 400m covered in 60.7.

"Last week, I took off with 400-500m left and the wheels fell off at the end," said Armstrong. "I knew I was fresh. That last 400m I told myself I had to go. Their [Justin and John] tired legs are going to kick in and I'm fresh so don't look back."

Milton's Jack Bluth looked to be closing well for second from the 200m mark on, but a final rush over the last 100m from Brookwood's (GA) Zach Israel, Marshall Dillon and Freedom's Timothy Doyle put him in fifth in 4:16.41- a PR by 4.98. Israel scored a 7.83 second personal best to finish second in 4:15.29 and Dillon PRed by 3.82 seconds in 4:16.18- to finish third. Freedom sophomore Timothy Doyle finished fourth in 4:16.28- a PR by 3.75.

Looking to state championships Armstrong sees the 3200m and 1600m double along with a leg on the 4 x 800m is what he'll need to help his Greyhounds win the title for longtime head coach Fred Finke.

"Since last year's runner-up, the state title has been our goal," said Armstrong. 

100mH Girls

Chanel Brissett traveled from Wyncote, Pennsylvania to compete in the 100 meter hurdles. Thursday's surprising 13.09- 11th fastest time ever  and US #1 all conditions and was followed by a wind legal time of 13.19 seconds  which was a new meet record and the seventh fastest time ever for a high schooler.

"Coming all the way down was not a waste at all," said Brissett after her 1.21 second personal best and new meet record. "I was shocked [by her time]. My dad had it in mind after I had dropped from 8.6 to 8.2[in the 60m indoors]." 

Behind her, Osceola's Domonique Turner lowered her seasonal best to 13.88 to take second with Wakefield's (NC) also lowering her seasonal best to 13.94 to take third.

Boys' Triple Jump

Gainesville junior Tariq Evans's false start in the 100 meters gave him motivation to compete well in Friday's triple jump match-up which featured three of the top five jumpers in the state including the state's leading jumper, Calvin Scott of Lake Nona.

 He was in the lead from the first jump and uncorked his best mark - 47-04.75 inches-on his third jump. His win was not assured though. 3A state triple jump leader Joshua Norville of Lehigh had marks of 47-04.50, 47-03.75 and 46-09.25 to come up 0.25 inches short of the win.

"I'm kind of excited about beating the 3A state leader," said Evans who has a renewed success in the triple jump after taking a two year hiatus in the event. "I feel like I am equal with them now."

He offered that he still needs to work on some things before getting to state in May.  "I have to go back and do some core work, and work on my arms and getting my legs up" said Evans.

Girls' Pole Vault

Buchholz's Dallas Hampton cleared 11 feet 6 inches in pole vault practice earlier in the week. That gave her a lot of confidence coming into Friday's final. Hampton had no misses and was leading the competition after clearing a new personal best of 11 feet 6 inches, but missed on her three attempts at 12 feet to finish third in the pole vault. 

"That was the second best jump in the state," said Buchholz Head Coach Ron Norris. "She's been working with pole vault coach Mike Cotton and the adjustments they have made have helped a lot."

Winter Park's Nicole Breske got the upperhand with a first attempt clearance at 12-00, but with her third attempt clearance, Bethlehem's (NY) Tedi DeMaria made it a two person battle which eventually went to a jump off with Breske getting the win.

 4 x 100m and 4 x 200m girls

Northwestern foursome of Taranique Alexander, Timetria Mitchell, Twanisha Terry and Ulani Toussaint looked to duplicate their four US #1 performances from last year's Florida Relays.

They were heading I the right direction on Firday, opening with a 45.65 US #3 to qualify fastest by 1.27 seconds over Lincoln.  

In the 4 x 200m, the Lady Bulls turned in the US #1 time in the finals easily dispatching the field by 5.89 seconds in a winning time of 1:35.65 to win the 4 x 200m. That was good enough for the eighth fastest time in high school history, but remarkably only the third fastest time in school history. Northwestern owns the sixth, seventh and is tied for tenth fastest times in US history after Friday's final. With only one upperclassman, Timetria Mitchell, the Bulls will have another opportunity to add to their long history in the coming years.

4 x 100m and 4 x 200m boys

American Heritage qualified fastest in 41.16 out of heat three. Saturday's final should be exciting as Dr. Phillips, South Fort Myers and Auburndale have some of the state's best open 100 meter performers. 

American Heritage dominated the 4 x 200m to win going away in 1:26.67.

100m Boys

Auburndale's Chauncy Smart continued his unbeaten streak racing to a US #2 all conditions best of 10.30 to turn back a strong field by 0.17 seconds. Going into the finals, Smart had the pressure of racing well after a wind legal US #1 10.45 in the prelims and the loss of dear friend, Alfion Whitehead, who passed away from cancer this week.

"He was with me when I started track in the ninth grade, "said Smart of Whitehead who sought to be just like Smart. " It really heart in my heart to see him pass, but I know he's in a better place now. Everything I do is going to be for him now."

Chaminade sophomore Shaun Shivers nipped Dr. Phillips' Alvin Bryant to take second in 10.47 to 10.48 over a closely bunched field.

100m Girls

Northwestern junior Twanisha Terry raced to a US #1 all conditions of 11.51 to soundly beat a strong field Friday afternoon. The time was the second fastest ever all conditions for Terry.

"I felt my start could have been better, but I improved over time, said "TT" Terry over her slightly wind aided time. " My goal is 11.2 or 11.1."

Triple jump- Girls

Northwestern junior Brianna Eskridge bounded to a US #2 wind legal jump of 40 -06.00 to win over teammate Taranique Alexander. She had four jumps over 40 feet uncorking her best on her third jump. Luckily the wind abated for that jump.

Shot Put-girls

Naples Sherry Lubin saved her best effort for last to win the shot out final with a state leading heave of 44-10.75. That improved on her state leading mark by 1 foot 0.50 inches to win by a quarter of an inch over St. Thomas Aquinas' Shanell Atkins. Atkins started with a 10.25 inch personal best on her first throw attempt of 44-10.oo to be in the driver's seat until Lubin's final round heroics. She also had another mark of 44-09.75 to cap off a great series of throws.

Discus- Boys

Spruce Creek's Lawrence Edward improved to 173-07 to take down his personal best set in his first meet in February. The winning toss came on his second throw with another 170-06 throw coming on the fourth round.  The mark moved him into third best in Florida.

High jump-boys

Monsignor Pace's Alvin McCray won easily equaling his 6-08.00 personal best. The clearance kept him at third best in Florida in a series that included a miss on each of his first attempts.

DMR- Girls

Brookwood (GA easily outdistanced Hilton Head(SC), 12:24.71 US #14  to 12:38.56 to win the DMR on Friday morning. Winter Springs finished third to take top honors for Florida and lower the state's leading time with a time of 12:45.67. 

DMR -Boys

Hilton Head (SC) won by 12.69 seconds to win the boys DMR over Calvary Christian in a US #3 time of 10:22.79. Calvary Christian's 10:35.48 was good for the second best Florida time and US #19 time.