* New Jersey native Shamali Whittle is one of the stars to watch at the AAU Club Championships
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Take a look at some of the top high school athletes to watch later this week on the track at the 2021 AAU Club Championships hosted at Satellite High School in Satellite Beach, Florida. The four-day competition will be live-streamed as well as archived race video coverage here on fmilesplit.com.
Wednesday Athletes To Watch:
Kirin Karver (Berkeley Prep FL) - The rising junior distance runner from Berkeley Prep in Tampa, Florida will be one of the top contenders in the 17-18-year-old 3000 meter run on Wednesday morning coming off a 9:07 PR at the AAU Region 9 Qualifier in Orlando at the end of June. Karver finished his high school season with a fifth-place All-State 9:28 finish in the FHSAA 2A State Finals 3200 meter race.
Anjali Hocker Singh (Olathe North KS) - A Kansas state champ in cross country and 3200 meters this past year, Singh will be competing in the 15-16-year-old girls 3000-meter run on Wednesday. Singh ran 10:33 for 3200 meters and 4:58 for the full mile this spring including a third-place finish for All-American honors at The Outdoor Nationals in Oregon. She will be a top contender in the 1500 later this week as well.
Makeriah Harris (Scotlandville LA) - The nation's third fastest in the 400-meter hurdles will be competing at Satellite High School on Wednesday with her 59.88 personal best in Makeriah Harris from Louisiana in the 15-16-year-old age group. Harris will be a favorite as well later in the week in the open 400 without hurdlers in front of her as the top seed at 54.86.
Mario Paul (Paul Dunbar KY) - US top 5 ranked in the 400-meter hurdles with a 52.27 season-best, the Kentucky state champion in the 300-meter hurdles as well with a 36.74 PR that ranks him inside the top 10 in the country will be racing as the top seed in the 17-18-year-old boys 400-meter hurdles on Wednesday at the AAU Club Champs. He won a national title last week in the 400-meter hurdles at Hayward Field for The Outdoor Nationals.
Miles Brown (Novi MI) - A national runner-up last week at The Outdoor Nationals hosted at Hayward Field in the 800-meter run with a US top 15 PR time of 1:50.95, the Michigan middle-distance star will attempt to be a national champ this week at the AAU Club Championships starting with the qualifying heats on Wednesday. The University of Michigan commit has great range to run 48 seconds in the open 400 and 15:45 for 5K during the cross country season.
Lauren Tolbert (Highland Tech NC) - North Carolina's fastest 800-meter runner and a US top 20 performer in the event with a 2:07.77 season-best is coming off a national runner-up finish at The Outdoor Nationals in Oregon. She was a North Carolina state champ this spring in both the 800 and 400 meters, while an All-American honors indoors in the 400 with a 54.81 PR. Tolbert will be racing in the prelims of the 17-18 year old girls 800 on Wednesday.
Udodi Onwuzurike (Birmingham Brother Rice MI) - Fresh off his 10.23 personal best victory in the 100-meter dash last week at the Brooks PR Invitational, Onwuzurike will warm up this week at AAU Club Champs on Saturday with the prelims of the 200-meter dash. The Michigan state champion sprinter Unwuzurike is looking to break 21 seconds in the event outdoors after clocking a 20.90 performance indoors. He will be racing later in the week in the 100 as well.
Brandon Miller (Fenton MI) - Another sprint star from Michigan in last weekend's The Outdoor Nationals champion in the 200 meter dash in Fenton senior Brandon Miller bringing his wind-aided 20.49 personal best week from a week ago across the country to Florida. Miller will get another opportunity to race head to head with a familiar in-state foe in Onwuzurike in the 200 and 100 at AAU Club Champs.
Shamali Whittle (Hamilton North - Nottingham NJ) - The New Jersey Meet of Champions in the winner for the 100 and 200 as his season bests of 10.48 and 20.73 rank him highly nationally. He clocked his 20.73 PR last week in a fourth-place finish in the finals at The Outdoor Nationals, while also is a stellar hurdler with a 13.86 best in the 110 hurdles. He will be part of a loaded and deep boys 200 prelims round for the 17-18-year-old age group on Wednesday.