Recap: Big 7 Preseason Classic
The Big 7 Preseason Classic on Friday in Windermere saw a big three in terms of new state leading times recorded among the eight squads attended.
Evans High School junior Omarion Jones broke 40 seconds for the first time in the 300 meter hurdles to earn temporary ownership of the state leaderboard in the event with a 39.70 clocking. Jones actually competed the very next day at the Apopka Pre-Season Meet in the 300 hurdles with another win but slightly slower at 41.18.
It was a long layoff from his last 300-meter hurdles race back in the spring of 2019, which carried over a personal best of 40.51 heading into this weekend's season opener.
His teammate Jahnile Registre also elevated herself to the top of the state leaderboard in the girls' 100-meter dash as she rolled a wind-legal clocking of 12.31. Registre has focused more on the 400 and 200 over the last two outdoor seasons including a state runner-up 400-meter finish in the 2019 FHSAA State Finals with a 53.97 best. Dropping her 100-meter time will only help in those longer sprint races later this spring by the University of South Carolina commit.
The third state-leading time coming out of the meet was produced by Ocoee junior Miracle Johnson in the girls' 400-meter dash. Johnson was only seven-hundredths of a second off her personal best from the 2019 outdoor season with a 57.79 victory on Friday in Windermere.
While not a state-leading time, Tramari Smith of Ocoee, was one of the more impressive performers in the meet winning the 400-meter dash in 48.59 personal best and clocking another PR in rolling to first place in the 100-meter dash as well in 11.15. The same Tramari Smith, formerly at Cypress Creek High School in Orlando, who was running over 51 seconds for 400 meters and over 12 seconds in the 100 during the 2019 outdoor season as a sophomore.