The Sun's 2013 Track & Field Athletes of the Year

Suwannee's Logan Boss and GHS's Ralph Webb are this year's top track & field performers.

Lee Ferinden/Correspondent
Published: Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, June 3, 2013 at 5:09 p.m.




The Vanderbilt signee in football won his second straight Class 3A state title in the long jump, winning with a leap of 23 feet, 4.5 inches. He accomplished his personal record jump of 23-8 in winning at the Alachua County Championships, ranking among the top 50 jumps in the nation. Webb captured district and regional titles, and placed sixth at the Florida Relays in the event. He was also the lead runner in the Hurricanes 4x100 relay, which ran a national elite time of 41.19 and placed second at state and fourth at the Florida Relays, where it set a school record.

Personal notes

As running back for Gainesville, the 5-foot-10, 190-pound Webb showed power and speed as the Hurricanes reached the state championship game for the first time in 32 years. Webb, the area's leading rusher at 2,020 yards (15 games) with 28 touchdowns, was the leading rusher in the state title game against Miami Central with 155 yards and two TDs, one on an 80-yard breakaway. He left Sunday for Nashville to begin his career at Vanderbilt.


“To come back with another victory at state in the long jump is a great accomplishment for me. It is very important to come in shape (at Vanderbilt). We are starting right off the bat. Nothing is going to be easy. Coach (James) Franklin is really cool, I think he is going to do some great things for the program. And with the class coming in, I think we will have a great opportunity to be a part of something spectacular.”




The 15-year-old junior captured the school's first girls track and field state title since 1987 when she won the high jump at the Class 2A state meet, clearing 5-feet, 6-inches on her first try. It wasn't her best leap of the season, but respectable enough to capture the biggest prize in the event. Boss, who also won district and regional titles in the event and placed second at the prestigious Florida Relays, had cleared 5-10 several times this season, which ranks her among the top 50 in the nation. She also qualified for state in three other events — the triple jump, 100-meter hurdles and 300 hurdles. Boss tops the area in the triple jump and placed seventh at state in the 300 hurdles. She wins this award over Eastside sophomore Shadayza Bullock, who won the state 2A title in the shot put; Oak Hall seventh grader Grace Blair, who placed second in the 800 in the Class 1A state meet; and Fort White senior Sitia Martinez, who placed fourth in the 300 hurdles and ninth in the 100 at 2A state.

Personal notes

Boss transferred from Branford to Suwannee after her sophomore year for both academic and athletic reasons. She wanted to enroll in dual enrollment for college (North Florida Community College), which Suwannee offered. And she wanted tougher competition, moving up from a Class 1A to a Class 2A school. “They had dual enrollment, which I wanted to get ready for college,” Boss said. “Because they were bigger than Branford, they had more exposure and had tougher competition. I figured if I was going to get any better, I needed better competition.” Also a first team all-area girls weightlifter, Boss, since winning her state title, has received inquiries from many Division I colleges, including Tennessee, Oregon State, Mississippi State and Columbia.


“I really didn't think I would get as far as I did. It is an honor. The high jump is different, it is a lot of power in the event, a lot of technique too. I've worked on it for five years and loved it since I started.”

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