FL Sprinters Early Season Speed on Display at Louie Bing

Alivia Williams (right) Adaejah Hodge (left) after going 1-2 in the 400.

Over two days at the 2024 Louie Bing Invitational in Miami,  Florida track and field athletes established nine US #1's. Seven came in the sprint events, where the Florida sprinters displayed their early season speed.


Montverde Sr.'s Alivia Williams and Adaejah Hodge went 1-2  in the 400m finals at the Louie Bing Invitational.  William's 52.88 is US #1, FL #12 All Time. Hodge's 53.64 is US #2.

Dillard 7th grader, Shynah Collins, ran a 54.81, finishing 3rd in the 400.  Her time is US MS #1 and a FL MS #10 All Time.

Four US #1's came on Friday.  In the 400 prelims, Montverde Sr. Jayvian Greene ran a US #1 46.99. 400.  He won the finals on Saturday, running 47.43.

The Dillard girl's 4X800, composed of Shynah CollinsRaquel EdwardsChristiana Coleman and Juliah Gammage ran a US #1, 9:20.37.

In the 400m hurdles, Chaminade-Madonna Sr., Tyson Waters ran a US #1 54.92.  Fla. boy's ran US #1-8 in the race.

The one, non- running US #1, also came on Friday in the long jump. Columbus Jr., Shaddai Carter jumped a US #1 7.20m (23-7.5).

In Saturday's girls 100m hurdles finals, Somerset Academy Pembroke Pines Jr., Aleesa Samuel showed that she is perhaps the best hurdler in the country, running a US #1, 13.78.  Samuel came back, winning the 100m, in a US #3, 11.85.

In the boy's 4x200m, the team of Braden Paris, Brandon Bennett, Braylon Bennett and Zamarii Sanders, of American Heritage, ran a US #1, 1:37.58.  Sanders also won the 100m in a US #10, 10.74.

In the 400m hurdles, Montverde Sr. Michelle Smith, ran a meet record and US #1, 56.82.  Her time is a FL #1 All Time and a US #9 All Time.

In the 4x4's, both the Miami Northwestern girls and the Miami Southridge  boys ran US #1's.  The Northwestern team, composed of Tyra CoxKahalia HooKasia Hoo and Leanna Rose ran 3:41.91.  The Southridge boys went 3:14.98.  In the girl's race, Dillard ran US #2, 3:45.30, Miami Southridge, US #4, 3:48.96 and St. Thomas Aquinas, US #5, 3:51.45.

In addition to the US #1's, the meet saw numerous other Top 10 US performances in this early Outdoor season.