Vote below for who you think is most deserving in the title of Florida high school girls sprinter of the year for the 2021 track season. Poll closes at 9 PM ET on Sunday, July 11th.
The Miami Northwestern junior Aaliyah Butler was the 3A girls 400-meter state champion who went on to win the The Outdoor Nationals presented by Nike title as well in the event with the fastest times of the season for the state of Florida at 400 meters at 53.05 as well as 200 meters in a wind-aided 23.39.
Both times rank top 10 in the country for all-conditions and she also anchored Miami Northwestern's 4x400 meter relay squad that had the nation's top time for much of the outdoor season at 3:43, while splitting a 51 second split at Outdoor Nationals in Eugene in one of their victorious sprint medley relays.
She only suffered one loss the entire season at 400 meters in her first race buster at North Port, while never looking back after including four sub 54-second performances down the stretch and notable wins over top competition at Bob Hayes Invite Cardinal Gibbons Last Chance as well as her district, region, and state-level championships.
IMG Academy senior Hannah Douglas was consistently one of Florida's top sprinters with great range and one of the state's fastest in all events of 100, 200, and 400 meters as well as during the indoor campaign. Douglas won the adidas Indoor Nationals title 200-meter dash title in 23.69.
She ran sub 54 seconds twice outdoors for 400 meters, while ranked 14th nationally in the event with a 53.70 personal best. The 100-meter dash seemed to be an event that she thrived and competing in the most this spring running in the mid 11's with a wind-aided best of 11.41 and wind-legal best of 11.56, which ranked her 11th fastest in the country.
Her performances on the season earned her an invite to compete at the Brooks PR Invitational this past weekend in Seattle finishing 5th in the 100-meter dash and 6th in the 400-meter dash.
Flanagan junior Jassani Carter was one of the few double state champions in the girls sprints this past spring and did it in Florida's largest classification in 4A with winning times of 11.98 in the 100 and 24.10 in the 200 at the FHSAA State Finals.
Earlier in the season, Carter ran a speedy wind-aided time of 11.56 in the 100 meter dash at the BCAA Championships and won the prestigious Louie Bing Classic at the season's beginning with a swift effort of 23.53. She only lost one race up until the state championship series, which is impressive considering the level of competition in South Florida.
This past weekend, Flanagan earned All-American honors at The Outdoor Nationals presented by Nike in Oregon with a fifth-place finish in the finals of the 200 meter dash with a wind-legal 23.69 clocking. Her fastest wind-legal time ever, which ranks 17th fastest in the nation on the season.
Another sprinter from Florida with great range to produce fast times from 100 to 400 meters is Mainland senior Cydney Wright, the FHSAA 3A state champion at 200 meters. Wright is ranked 6th fastest in the entire country at 200 meters with a wind-legal season best of 23.46, which leads all Florida athletes as well on the season.
The Stanford signee also ranked just outside of the top 25 in the United States at 100 meters with a wind-legal and personal best time of 11.69. She broke 12 seconds for the 100 meters on three occasions during the spring.
The 400 meter dash was an event that she was equally strong at as her 54.73 best ranked 10th fastest in Florida, while ran competitively close runner-up races to other athletes up for sprinter of the year nominations in Hannah Douglas at Golden South Series #1 and Aaliyah Butler at the Bob Hayes Invitational.
Florida Girls State Rankings - Sprints
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