A full weekend of high flying action at meets only equals one thing...big marks and fast races. That is what we got to witness at the Sam Burley Hall of Fame Invitational, Bolles Bulldog Classic, and many more. Below is a list of the top performances of the week and its up to you to vote for the girls AOTW.
Sydney Blackburn- We have a new name on the leader board for the discus throw and it is the sophomore from Highlands Christian Academy who put on a show this past weekend at the Pine Crest Panther Relays. Blackburn threw her way to a US #6 and FL #1 mark of 143-4 in the discus.
Caitlin Collier- As if it wasn't impressive enough to be the #1 800 runner in the country, Collier went 4:47.47 to also grab the US #1 in the 1600 as well. The Stanford signee absolutely crushed the field at the Bolles Bulldog Classic as she was able to win over the field by 11 seconds. The senior from Bolles HS is attempting to win the 1600 at State for the 4th consecutive year.
Markalah Hart- Miami Northwestern really owns the hurdles in the state, and part of that is in thanks to the sophomore who won the Sam Burley Hall of Fame Invitational with a US #10 and FL #1 100 hurdle time of 14.20. Hart continues to prove over and over again that she can put down some fast times in the 100 hurdles, as she is the reigning 300 hurdles 3A State Champion.
Jinah Mickens-Malik- A candidate for freshman of the year goes to the frosh out of Mater Academy Charter as Mickens-Malik took the 800 at the Sam Burley Hall of Fame Invitational. Jinah set the US #4 and FL #2 time with a 2:13.10 on her way to showing out against the big guns in Miami. As a fan of track and field I'm looking forward to the Collier vs Mickens-Malik showdown.
Laine Roberts- Just like Noah Mumme on the boys side, when you think girls pole vault you have to think of the rising superstar out of Bolles HS. Roberts continued on her path to a state title as she won the Bolles Bulldog classic in the pole vault with a vault of 11-11.75. Laine holds the FL #1 vault and is going to be a force to reckon with down the stretch.
Kenya Thompson- Another freshman phenom put on a show at the Sam Burley Hall of Fame Invitational as Thompson ran the 400 meter dash with a time of 55.36 and finished first in prelims. Kenya holds the US #2 and FL #2 mark in the 400 as she continues to strive to be the next superstar for American Heritage HS.
Zatoria Thompson- If I was putting together a basketball team, I would want Thompson and her ups on my squad, as the sophomore from St Thomas Aquinas HS set the US #3 and FL #1 mark in the high jump, with a 5-9.75 feet. Thompson continued to prove her worth in the high jump when she took the win at the Sam Burley Hall of Fame Invitational.
Ana Wallace- The recent Vanderbilt commit took care of business at the Craig Speziale Invitational where she set the US #6 and FL #1 3200 meter time, with a 10:44.83. The senior from Chiles High School is fresh off a 3A State Championship, as Wallace also won the 1600 meter in a time of 5:00.71 to complete the successful double.
Briana Williams- It wasn't in the United States, but Briana Williams tore up the records this weekend as she raced in the 100 and the 200 meter dash in Jamaica at the JAAA CARIFTA Trials. Williams, the sophomore from Northeast HS (Oakland Park) brought home the US #1 in the 100 with a time of 11.53 and 23.24w and 23.54w.