Sun Track & Field Athletes of the Year
Published: Wednesday, June 1, 2011 at 9:06 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, June 1, 2011 at 9:06 p.m.
This is the first in a series of Sun All-Area athletes of the year and teams compiled with help from area coaches.
2011 GAINESVILLE SUN BOYS TRACK ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
ALPHONSO LEGREE, FORT WHITE
The standout junior became Fort White’s first track and field champion when he won the high jump at the Class 2A state meet at Showalter Field in Winter Park. In a battle with senior Jarvis Davis of Naples Golden Gate, Legree cleared 6 feet, 10 inches on his first attempt, while Davis cleared it on his second attempt. When both athletes failed to jump 7 feet, Legree was declared the champion because he cleared 6-10 first. Legree, who finished eighth at state last year, had a previous personal record of 6-8 at the UNF Spring Break Invitational in April. His winning jump set a school record and ranks No. 2 in Florida and No. 29 in the nation. Legree ranks third in the area in 110 hurdles (15.20) and 300 hurdles (40.94), and also set a school record in the long jump (20-7).
The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Legree, an all-area defensive back for the Indians, is attracting attention from Florida State and Miami as a wide receiver and track and field athlete. He is also getting looks from smaller schools like Florida International, Jacksonville University and Middle Tennessee State. Besides football and track and field, Legree also competes in basketball and weightlifting at Fort White. He said when he is not involved in sports, he likes to spend time with friends and family, play video games and always goes to church.
“Winning at state is starting to sink in a little bit. I really didn’t think I was going to win it at first, but the coaches gave me all the motivation and confidence I needed. The way I cleared my first jump at 6-10, they said I could have cleared 7 foot easy. When you jump, you have to be focused. You mess up on a step or not arch your back, these are the little things that matter. I would like to continue track in college because it is so much fun.” - Alphonso Legree
2011 GAINESVILLE SUN GIRLS TRACK ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
SARENA HUMPHREY, GAINESVILLE HIGH
Saving her best for last, the senior dropped more than six seconds in two weeks, capping her high school track career with a second-place finish in the 800 meters at the Class 3A state meet with a time of 2:15.72, eclipsing the school record in the process. Humphrey, while playing for the Gainesville High girls basketball team in the state playoffs, missed preseason conditioning time for track. She rebounded just fine. After winning the Alachua County title in the 800, Humphrey had a strong showing at the prestigious Florida Relays, placing fifth with a then personal-record time of 2:20.93. GHS coach Rod McNeely proclaimed afterward that Humphrey’s times would continue to drop, all the way to state. He was right. Humphrey was also a member of the 4x400 relay, which placed eighth at state, and the state-qualifying 4x800 relay.
An honorable mention all-area guard in basketball, the 5-foot-8 Humphrey helped GHS win its first district title in 24 years, defeating Buchholz in the District 4-5A final. She plans to walk on at South Florida and is hopeful of earning a scholarship in track. Off the track and court, she enjoys hanging out with her friends, going to movies and shopping at the Oaks Mall.
“Coming straight from basketball, I missed the whole conditioning season in track. I was kind of nervous coming in, but felt I was in good shape by districts. I was trying to do a 2:12 at state, but I was excited that I had a PR and finished second at state. There were a lot of people there rooting for me. And that helped my confidence even more. I didn’t even realize I set a school record. My family, my teammates and my coaches, those are my big supporters.” - Sarena Humphrey
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