Jerry Philippe of Dillard (formerly at Boyd Anderson) is one of Florida's fastest returnees in the 110 meter hurdles and he proved it on Wednesday in his 2021 outdoor season debut at Fort Lauderdale High School.
Philippe took nearly two-tenths of a second off the prior Florida state-leading time held by Dunbar's Leonard Mustari (14.45) with a 14.26 victory at the Fort Lauderdale BCAA Meet #1. The performance is also currently the fastest 110-meter hurdles all-conditions time in the entire country heading into the February 20th weekend of meets.
After just getting warmed up last spring before the covid shutdown of the season with a 13.84 wind-aided victory at the Sam Burley Invitational in March of 2020, Phillipe's next opportunity to run the 110-meter hurdles would not come till August when he finished third at the AAU Junior Olympic Games held right here in Florida with his second sub 14-second performance in a 13.95 effort.
The senior has remained sharp and ready for the start of the 2021 outdoor season including making two trips up to the brand Virginia Beach Sports Center hydraulic banked indoor track in Virginia for the VA Showcase and the 757 Showdown this past January. The latter meet saw Philippe score a major national-caliber victory with a 7.89 clocking in the 60-meter hurdles.