Winter Haven sophomore Jaden Lippett recorded a state-leading mark of 15.09 meters (49'6") to finish as a national runner-up in the boys triple jump at the adidas Outdoor Nationals on Saturday in North Carolina.
Florida highlights from the second day of the 2022 adidas Outdoor Nationals in Greensboro, North Carolina on Saturday, June 18th.
Skyler Franklin followed up her victory on Friday in the national elite girls 400-meter dash with another in the same division for the 200-meter dash on Saturday with a 24.09 clocking to take first in her second-fastest time recorded ever by the freshman at Somerset Academy Central Miramar.
Taravella junior Jade Brown finished third in the finals behind Franklin with a personal best time of 24.51 after earning All-State honors in the spring as a sub-12-second performer in the 100-meter dash. Brown also medaled and placed in the national elite girls 100-meter dash on the same day recording a time of 11.77 for fourth place in the finals.
Two Florida girls made the finals of the championship girls 100-meter hurdles with George Jenkins freshman Chelsi Williams and Montverde Academy sophomore Michelle Smith. Williams, a state runner-up this spring in 4A in the event and state champion last year in 1A, took second place for national runner-up honors in the finals after running a PR of 13.82 in the prelims and nearly matching it in the finals at 13.82. She had a prior all-time best of 13.86.
Williams also was a national runner-up twice on the day as she also took second place in the triple jump with a leap of 12.16 meters or 39 feet and 10.75 inches.
Smith, who is best at the 300 and 400-meter hurdles as the state leader in both, still ran strong in the 100-meter hurdles for fifth place and All-American honors in a time of 14.22 and just off her 14.19 personal best.
The Dillard girls won the 4x800 meter relay race uncontested in a time of 9:57.53 without any competition to push them after running a state record and state meet record 9:03 last month at the FHSAA State Championships.
Mandarin's Jaylin Lewis won the freshmen boys 200 meter dash the day after going sub 11 seconds in the 100 meter dash prelims but underperforming in the finals for the freshmen boys. Lewis posted the top time among the 4 heats combined with a 22.22 performance for the win.
Montverde Academy junior Micah Larry, the 2A state champion in the 3 events including the 100-meter dash, finished fourth for All-American honors in the championship boys 100-meter dash with a 10.39 clocking.
Two-time state champion in the boys 110-meter hurdles, Harrison Robinson of Raines, finished as a national runner-up in the championship boys 110-meter hurdles at adidas Outdoor Nationals with his second straight meet going under 14 seconds in 13.83. Robinson will get to stay in North Carolina as he will attend Appalachian State University in the fall.
The West Port High School boys 4x800 meter relay squad competing as Ocala Track & Field Elite finished sixth in the championship boys 4x800 meter relay to earn All-American honors in a time of 8:09.10.
Two of the top three finishers in the championship boys' triple jump came from Florida between Winter Haven sophomore Jaden Lippett in second place at 15.09 meters (49'6") and Boyd Anderson senior Mateo Smith in third place at 14.53 meters (47'8"). Both recorded personal-best marks, while Lippett's leap is also a state-leading mark for Florida this entire season as he leapfrogs from FL #2 ranked to FL #1 at adidas Outdoor Nationals.
Tallahassee Zoom, which is comprised of athletes from Leon High School, had the second-fastest qualifying time in the prelims on the championship boys 4x100 meter relay at 42.08 to move them onto Sunday's finals.