We take a look at the top returning girls teams in 4A.
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The 2017 track and field season is right around the corner. Since the start of the new year we've ranked the top individuals by classification and by grade, as well as the top teams in each class. Now we look at those teams more in-depth and find out out the scouting reports from each coach. First up, is the Oak Ridge Lady Pioneers who have the potential to be a top five team at the 4A state meet. Coach Bent gives us an inside look.
The Southridge girls finished just six points behind 4A state champions Lakewood Ranch in 2016. It's an impressive feat when you take into account they didn't come in first in any event. Of the point scorers on that squad, they return all but two members, including sprinters Symone Mason, Shaniya Williams, and Kayla Johnson, as well as jumper Courtney Gibson and are the favorites to bring home the title.
Barbara Pierre graduated from Oak Ridge High School in 2006 and went onto St. Augustine's University where she graduated in 2010. In 2008, she competed in the Olympic Games in Beiijing. Indoors, Pierre was the USA Indoor Championship runner-up at 60m in 2014, and USA Indoor champion in the same event last week in Portland, Oregon with a personal best of 7.00s., which ties Dafne Schippers of the Netherland as the fastest time in the world this year. We caught up with her to talk about her high school days and her journey to track and field's biggest stages including this weekend's World Youth Indoor Championships.
Who ended the year in the top spot? Find out in our top 25 final rankings for girls relay events.
Oak Ridge senior Sharrika Barnett recaps her running career before heading off to the University of Florida. Barnett is the 2015 4A state champion in the 400 meters and currently holds the number two time in the country of 52.67s.
Watch University of Florida signee Sharrika Barnett post a US#1 time of 53.95 at the Metro Conference Championships. Barnett said afterward in an interview she wants to hit 52 at the Bob Hayes Invitational this weekend!
The Oak Ridge girls track and field program has won nine state titles since 1981. Five of those became between 1981-1988 while the other four were between 2004 and 2008. Pioneers head coach Odeika Bent was a part of those recent championships and graduated from the school in 2007. Led by UF signee Sharrika Barnett and a group of young sprinters, the team is hoping to continue that rich tradition. We take a look at the 2015 squad and the hard work they are putting in on the track and in the weight room.
UF signee Sharrika Barnett out of Oak Ridge High School won a loaded girls 17-19 400m dash in 55.39. Barnett said after the race, it was a special moment because not only was she running in Gainesville, but she had finished runner-up in this event in 2012 and 2013. Her time is the fastest all-time at the Jimmy Carnes Indoor Meet and currently the third best time in the country for 2015.
It was a great 2012-2013 in both cross country and track across the Sunshine State. Many of our seniors will soon be on their way to start their college careers both athletically and academically so we wanted to salute them one more time in this special feature.
Following up on our announcement of the prestigious All-Decade Team members earlier this week, we are going to host a series of articles highlighting as many of these legends of the sport as possible. In the series we will highlight some of their career highlights, tell their story, and ask them some questions. We hope that you will enjoy the series and that it will both be interesting to reflect with them on their high school careers and also that current athletes will be able to learn from their experiences and foresight. Enjoy!
Winning state track & field championships has never grown old for Oak Ridge High girls coach Bill Stamper, who enters his 30th season at the helm of the Pioneers on the cusp of a milestone achievement. Buoyed by returning athletes who contributed 67 individual-event points to last season’s 3A title - and a solid core of relay runners that added 15 more to the cause - the Pioneers open the 2009 season as favorites to win a state record-tying 10th team title.
First order of business, because of all of the hype going in... Joseph Franklin did not have his night and faded off with postive splits for each lap after starting on pace for the first lap. He finished in 4:13. Despite the attention going in on that mile, the shorter stuff was where it was at! Torrin Lawrence who came through big after getting injured at state with a 20.77, a meet record and the fourth fastest time in the country. Octavious Freeman won both the girls 100 (10.66) and 200 (24.02). And Charlene Lipsey of New York broke the 23 year old 800m record with a time of 2:08.25. The girls of Oak Ridge ran a US #9 and FL #1 time of 46.22 in the 4x100. Other top performers included Brianna Frazier and CJ Lockhart. Coverage includes meet summary and highlights, complete results, race videos, interviews, and photos...
Christal Washington was indeed the athlete of the weekend for Florida. Her impressive 800 meter run was not only a five second PR for her and one of the top times in the nation this year, it placed her at #2 All-Time for the event in Florida. Her 2:05.83 is impressive for any level and the junior really put herself on the map. She won her sixth heat by a margin of three seconds, and would have been better served competing in the faster heat 7, where Chanelle Price of Pennsylvana blew the socks off of the competition with a could-go-pro-now 2:02.76. Washington can be assured that she will not be overlooked for the fast heat in any national level competition any longer. Orlando Oak Ridge won the national title in the Girls 800 Sprint Medley Relay with a time of 1:42.79. Their legs were Denae Fluellen, Amber Outing, Anjoure Teele, and Victoria Watson. The team, minus Teele and plus Odeika Bent, came back later in the day to finish second in the 4x100 Meter finals with a time of 46.51 against rivals Miami Northwestern who finished just a blink of the eye back with a time of 46.71 for fourth place. But the Bulls would not be shut out by those Pioneers. The closed the meet with a smoking 3:39.89 to easily win the 4x400 title behind the amazing legs of Skyler Wallen, Brittany Pringley, Lizzie Harris, and Brittany McCord. This time it was Oak Ridge in fourth 3:46.67. Michael Putman was the top Florida boys placer. He threw the shot 63-11 for third place and a new PR. Read the full highlights
Two of Florida's greatest running coaches will finally get what they deserve tonight: a place in the FHSAA Hall of Fame. Bobby Ennis and John Hemmer will be inducted tonight along with six others at a Tampa awards ceremony.