4A 100m state champion and two-sport standout Lavonte Valentine announced he will play football and run track for the University of South Carolina.
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St. Thomas Aquinas junior Jermanie Byrd is 4A's top hurdler in the 110m event and third in the 300m with personal bests of 14.02 and 37.86s. We look at which boys have the best shot to make it out of regionals and to the state meet at IMG Academy.
Cory and Bryan break down all the action on MileSplit's LIVE Event Preview from March 11-14
East Ridge junior Lavonte Valentine kicked off the 2017 outdoor season with a personal best time of 10.52s in the 100m dash. Watch Valentine and hundreds of other athletes compete at the Flagler Pinnacle Classic.
The Lakewood Ranch girls won the 4A state championship in 2016. Can they repeat in 2017? Will Miami Northwestern win their 9th title in a row and what will the point spread be? We rank EVERY team in EVERY classification using our track and field team scores feature.
Two and a half points separated first from fourth place at the boys 4A state championship in 2016 with the meet coming down to the final event the 4x400m relay. According to our team scores for 2017, St. Thomas Aquinas is ranked number one, but you can't count out Columbus (seen here), or two schools that received major transfers. Miramar benefited from Jamal Walton who is one of the top 200/400m runners in the country, while East Ridge inherited triple threat Tariq Evans and speedster Lavonte Valentine.
Another week in Alabama and another successful performance for East Ridge senior Tariq Evans who leaned at the line to win the 17-18 year old 200m dash at the Hoover Alumni Invitational in a US#5 time of 21.86s.
University of Texas signee Ashley Miller returns to the 2015 Brooks PR Invitational after finishing third in the 100m hurdles and sixth in the 100 meters a year ago.
East Ridge junior Ashley Miller has decided to skip her senior season, graduate early and enroll at the University of Texas. Miller, who transferred to Florida from Colorado this year and recently won the 4A state championship in both the 100 and 300m hurdles will join fellow Floridian Teahna Daniels, one of the top sprinters in the country, as members of the Longhorn's 2015 recruiting class.
Ashley Miller has only run in one hurdle race this season after moving from Colorado, but look for her to make even more noise when she competes this weekend at the Florida Relays.
Kaylin Whitney is the future of female sprinting in the United States. In her first race as a high school freshman, Whitney a triple medalist at the IAAF World Junior Championships, left the competition in her wake as she cruised to victory in 11.95s at the Lake Brantley Invitational and followed that up with a 24.05 clocking in the 200m dash. Relive the moment and watch her post-race interview!
Our national team recently compiled their Best of 2014 - Top 10 Performances list and East Ridge junior Kaylin Whitney topped the list. Whitney was the sprint queen in her sophomore season. At the USATF Junior Nationals, she ran 11.10 to break the high school 100m national record.
The polo grounds in The Villages, a golf cart community of more the 75,000 retirees, welcomed 20+ local teams Thursday afternoon for the VHS Buffaloes Invitational. The charter school, for the employess of the thriving community, played host school for what the Coach Chris Murray remembers as “at least the 9th or 10th meet here”. This course is also home to the Lake/Sumter county championships, and will host the 2A district 6 meet this year as well.
Was anyone better than Kaylin Whitney this year? At only 16, the East Ridge sophomore won her third and fourth state titles, taking home wins in both the 100 and 200 for the second year in a row. However, that was just the beginning for the youngster. She outshined her competition at the Dream 100, Brooks PR Invitational, and set national records at the USA Junior Championships, before showcasing her talents on the world stage
Kaylin Whitney had more medals than most countries at the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships. At only 16, the East Ridge High School rising junior brought back gold medals in the 200m dash and as a member of Team USA's 4x100m relay. She also took bronze in the 100m dash. The three medals were the cherrry on top of one of the best seasons for a high school female sprinter we've ever seen. Her performance at World Juniors earned her a second USATF Athlete of the Week honor.
Despite a slow start of the blocks, Kaylin Whitney was able to recover in the next phases of her race to comfortably win her first round heat of the 100 meter dash at the World Junior Championships with a 11.49 clocking. In her post-race interview, Whitney is clear that her focus is conserving as much energy as possible through the first two rounds and let it all out in the finals to compete for the gold medal and challenge her own US high school national record of 11.10.
Two years old. Most babies are playing with blocks, but not Kaylin Whitney. She was preparing her legs for block starts. The explosiveness and power in the top high school sprinter in the country came from what else; a Jolly Jumper. An internet search shows an image for the toy which looks like a trampoline for tots. Whitney says she was always in the Jolly Jumper and remembers those days fondly.
A week after winning Gatorade Florida Girl's Track and Field Athlete of the Year, East Ridge sophomore Kaylin Whitney added another honor to resume. Whitney who showed why she is the top high school sprinter in the nation and one of the top U20 sprinters in the country, after setting world leading marks in the 100 and 200 meter dash at the USATF Junior Nationals, was named the USATF Athlete of the Week.
Last year, Kaylin Whitney became the first freshman to ever be invited to the Adidas Dream 100. She placed fifth and carried that momentum into the 2014 season where she picked up her third and fourth state championships, winning both the 100 and 200 for consecutive years. Recently, the soon to be East Ridge junior competed against a professional field and posted a US#2 100 meters of 11.30 and US#1 200 meters of 22.80w, one of the fastest ever all conditions by a high schooler. We caught up with Whitney as she prepared for a double dose of postseason meets; the Adidas Dream 100 and the Brooks PR Invitational. Watch her workout which consisted of block starts, 20 meter starts, and 60 and 80 meter runs to work on top end speed and check out her interview about her 2014 season and upcoming schedule!
2014 was a breakout year for East Ridge's Terry Jernigan. Before the year, he was running in the high 10 second, low 11 second range for 100 meters. Fast forward and with a renewed focus and passion for the sport, Jernigan is the 4A 100 and 200 meter state champion, Golden South Champion, and has posted some of the fastest times in the country earning him invitations to the Adidas Dream 100 in New York City and the Brooks PR Invitational in Seattle. We caught up with Terry before he left for the Big Apple to talk about the 2014 season, the upcoming meets, and his future plans.
The 2013-2014 school year has provided some great highlights in both cross country and track across the Sunshine State. In the coming weeks many of our seniors will head out to start their college careers both athletically and academically. We wanted to salute them one more time in this special feature and say thank you for your support over the years.
East Ridge sophomore Kaylin Whitney becomes the sixth Floridian to receive a "golden ticket" and attend the prestigious dream races in New York City. Whitney, who became the first freshman to attend the meet last year and finished fifth, received the invitation at her school this week. She says she was happy and very excited to have the opportunity to go back again.
Terry Jernigan knows the mistake he almost made. (via Orlando Sentinel)
It all began in 2005 at the Four Corners Charter School's annual field day in Davenport. (via Orlando Sentinel)
The races to watch will be in the sprints as St. Thomas Aquinas' thoroughbreds face off against the likes of last Kaylin Whitney and Dominique Bullock. Whitney was the 3A 100 and 200 meter state champion as a freshman. Diamond Spaulding who transferred from American Heritage for her junior season was the 2A state champion in the 200 and runner-up in the 100. Just like on the girl's side the boys sprints should be loaded with the likes of Terry Jernigan and Andre Ewers, but will be without last year's 100 meter state champion and 200 meter runner-up Amir Rasul who is out with a hamstring injury. STA girls should win easily while the boys will face a challenge from American High School who is peaking at exactly the right time!
East Ridge sophomore Kaylin Whitney and Leon junior Sukhi Khosla are our Athletes of the Week. Whitney clocked a US#1 times in both the 100 (11.59) and 200 (23.58) at the Lake Highland Track & Field Elite Classic and improved on that one week later at the Bob Hayes Invitational with wind-aided marks of 11.36 (US#1 all-conditions) and 23.45 (US#2 all-conditions). Khosla scored the distance double at the Bolles Bulldog Classic with a US#1 win the 1600 (4:13.02) and following it with a then US#2 and current US#9 time of 9:11.70 in the 3200.
Randy Settle was on-site at the Lake Highland Track and Field Elite Classic and he went to town taking over 2100 photos! See if you can spot yourself in this massive photo album.
East Ridge sprinters Terry Jernigan and Kaylin Whitney put on a show at the Lake Highland Track & Field Elite Classic. Jernigan won the long jump with a mark of 22-02.5 then followed that up wtih a US#1 clocking of 10.36 in the 100 and 21.42 in the 200. Whitney, continued her successful young career with two US#1 times in both the 100 (11.59) and 200 (23.58). Todd Grasley, Randy Settle, and Darrell Laxton were on-site with dozens of race videos and interviews plus nearly two thousand photos! Check out the results, performances, and complete coverage of this event!
One year ago, Kaylin Whitney, only an 8th grader, was destroying youth records set by Sanya Richards-Ross. In 2013, she won two state championships as an East Ridge freshman and also became the first freshman to compete in the prestigious Adidas Dream 100.