The 2013-2014 school year has provided some great highlights in both cross country and track across the Sunshine State. In the coming weeks many of our seniors will head out to start their college careers both athletically and academically. We wanted to salute them one more time in this special feature and say thank you for your support over the years.
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Hi Everyone! What a great season this has been thus far. Throughout the regular season we saw many great performances. Districts and regionals have now taken place and many are gearing up for state. Seems like in just the blink of an eye the season was starting. With the state track meet just a week out, the season will soon come to an end. This season I was blessed to stay healthy and travel quite a bit. I've had the opportunity to meet and work with great individuals. I've learned so much within this last year about track and field and especially jumping. This year since there is a week in between regionals and state, I was able to get some extra technique work in.
Class 1A/2A head one step closer to the big dance with regional championships taking place this week. We break down each classificiation region by region to give you a glimpse of how each meet. Check out our virtual meets/meet previews and get in on the action!
Greetings! This past week finished out the regular season of my senior year at the University of Florida Pepsi Relays. I competed in long jump Thursday afternoon finishing first with a leap of 18 feet 9 inches. I returned to the track Friday morning to compete in triple jump. I was blessed to win Friday as well with a distance of 40 feet 8 and 1/4 inches. Overall it was a good meet for me. With a few more weeks of hard work before state, I am prayerful and patient that everything will come together at the right time.
Good evening! I hope everyone's season is going great thus far. With state only being a few weeks out now my goals are beginning to come to flourish. I'm very excited! This past weekend I competed in New York at the Armory for the New Balance Indoor Nationals. I had pretty descent competition days.
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.
Over the course of the track and field season, several athletes will blog for flrunners and take us along on their journey. One of those athletes is North Florida Christian senior Darrielle McQueen. McQueen is a six-time state champion, winning four consecutive 1A titles in the triple jump, and two in the long jump. She has committed to the Univeresity of Florida. Thanks so much to Darrielle for blogging and we look forward to the first of many blogs this year!
Look at these leapers. Triple jump time. Check out the top fifty returners on both the boys and girls side. For the ladies, University of Florida commit Darrielle McQueen has been virtually unstoppable in this event. She is a four-time state champion (dating back to the 8th grade) and has gone nearly 41 feet in her career. Her personal best of 40'11 is more than two and a half feet more than Cynekia Bostic who is number two on the list. Two East Lake stars, Artavis Scott and George Campbell, lead the boys returners and both are two of the top football prospects in the class of 2014 and 2015. Scott soared over 48 feet at the Early Bird Eagle Invitational, but failed to find success at the state meet. Alex Gomez, the leader in the long jump, also looks very strong in this event.
North Florida Christian senior Darrielle McQueen is one of the top jumpers in the country. McQueen is a six-time 1A state champion, winning the triple jump four time (eighth grade, freshman, sophomore, and junior year)and long jump twice (freshman, junior year). She is also the 2010 and 2012 AAU National Champion in the triple jump. The standout boasts personal best marks of 40-11 for the triple jump and 19-9.5 for the long jump. Recently, she announced that she will continue her athletic career at the University of Florida. Do you have a college commitment? We want to know about it! Drop us a line: Todd.Grasley@milesplit.com and we will feature your moment and add it to our signings list!
Plantation American Heritage senior Walter Tucker and North Florida Christian junior Darrielle McQueen are this week's Athletes of the Week. Tucker posted a state and nation leading time of 13.89 in the 110 meter hurdles at the Sam Burley Hall of Fame Invitational and also finished third in the 300 meter hurdles and discus. McQueen started her junior year off by putting down a state and nation leading long jump of 19'-08"'. and a state leading and US#2 triple jump mark of 39'-1.5".
There is a uniqueness to Tallahassee that separates it from the rest of the Florida when it comes to distance running. Couple an extraordinary network of running trails, an active and supportive community track club, a county-wide middle school cross country program more than 300-strong with a collection of the state’s most accomplished coaches and you have the blueprint for sustained success. You could make a compelling argument - without the benefit of lobbyists - that the Capital City is the state seat for high school cross country running, per capita, at least since 1997.