Loaded prep field set for 69th Florida Relays
Published: Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 11:47 p.m.
The Florida Relays annually brings some of the nation's top collegiate and high school track and field athletes to Percy Beard Track, and this year's 69th edition is no exception.
Action begins Thursday at 5 p.m. with high schools, and continues Friday and Saturday with a mixture of collegiate and prep competition.
Locally, high schools from Bradford, Buchholz, Eastside, Fort White, Gainesville, Oak Hall, Suwannee and Trenton have entries in the three-day meet.
Among the elite entered are the top sprinters in the nation in senior Kendal Williams of Jacksonville Stanton and sophomore Kaylin Whitney of Orlando East Ridge. Williams' 100-meter time of 10.28 ranks as tops in Florida, the U.S. and No. 19 in the world for 2014. Whitney's 11.36 ranks No. 15 in the world for women.
Of the 30 prep events at the Florida Relays, the state's No. 1 is entered in 20 of them. Besides Williams and Whitney in the 100, they are:
*Girls 3200, Alexa Cruz, St. Thomas Aquinas;
*Boys 3200, Kurt Convey, Coral Reef;
*Boys 800, Kolin Ashbacher, Palmetto Ridge;
*Boys 110 hurdles, Jonathan Hayden, Palm Beach Lakes (No. 2 U.S.);
*Girls 100 hurdles, Stefani Kerrison, Orlando Jones (No. 4 U.S.);
*Girls high jump, Logan Boss, Suwannee (No. 3 U.S.);
*Boys shot put, Frederick Jones, Miami Central (No. 7 U.S.);
*Girls long jump, Dominique Bullock, Miami Southridge (No. 4 U.S.);
*Boys long jump, Tyrone Thornton, Miami Jackson (No. 10 U.S.);
*Girls pole vault, Erica Sergeant, Lake Mary (No. 5 U.S.);
*Girls triple jump, Kimani Rushing, Hallandale (No. 3 U.S.);
*Boys 4x100 relay, Miami Washington (No. 1 U.S.);
*Boys 4x400 relay, Miami Washington (No. 1 U.S.);
*Boys 4x800 relay, St. Thomas Aquinas (No. 7 U.S.);
*Girls 4x100 relay, St. Thomas Aquinas (No. 2 U.S.);
*Girls 4x200 relay, St. Thomas Aquinas (No. 1 U.S.);
*Girls 4x400 relay, St. Thomas Aquinas (No. 1 U.S.);
*Girls 4x800 relay, Miami Northwestern (No. 1 U.S.).
Boss, the defending Class 2A state champion in the high jump who signed with Mississippi State, will compete Thursday at 5 p.m. She has already cleared 5-foot-10 in the high jump, with the nation's best at 6-0.25.
“I will definitely try to PR (Thursday),” said Boss, who reached her year's best at the Santa Fe Raider Invitational. “I tend to jump better on concrete than on rubber using my track shoes. It should be the other way around, but that's the way it has been for me.”
Gainesville High has the most local entries with 28 while Oak Hall and Buchholz each have nine.
Among the interesting local entries, besides girls high jump, are the relays with girls 4x100 (Gainesville, Buchholz) and boys 4x100 (Gainesville), boys 4x400 (GHS) and girls distance (Oak Hall). Individually, girls shot put (Eastside's Shadayza Bullock), girls long jump (Payton Ashe of GHS), girls 800 (Oak Hall's Grace Blair) and girls 3200 (Oak Hall's Brittney Olinger).
“We really just want to compete to get better,” said Eagles coach Edwin McTureous, whose girls team won its first Alachua County title a few weeks ago on the same track. “We are four weeks from state and we are turning over in the training cycle and are hoping to see progress on the track that we have seen from workouts.
“It is a great atmosphere and we look forward to run against a lot of talented athletes that we won't see again. After this, we will be more focused on competing on the 1A level. Our times will continue to come down. With this being Brittney's senior year, I know she wants to have a run to remember.”
Area entries in Florida Relays
Boys: High jump: Keaaris Ardley
Girls: 100: Kiana Davis; 800: Isabella Whelan; 1600: Sarah Edens; 4x200 relay: Manesha Hampton, Jazlynd Rollins, Isabella Whelan, Sarah Edens; 4x100 relay: Isabella Whelan, Jazlynd Rollins, Manesha Hampton, Sarah Edens
Boys: 110 hurdles: Wesley Brandenburg; Naquon Howard; 800: Karsten Peace; 1600: Drew Monteau
Girls: Discus: Shadayza Bullock; Shot put: Shadayza Bullock; 100: Kristina Johnson, Shataya Williams; 800: Roneka Bradley
Girls: 100: Katrina Patillo; 800: Sheridan Placensia
Boys: 100: Carlous Bartee, Tavaris Williams
Girls: Long jump: Payton Ashe; Triple jump: Deja Bivins; High jump: Rashid Oseni; 100: Nia Flagg; Aniyah Williams; 100 hurdles: Juliette Smith; Quatasha Watkins; 800: Devon Myers; Delaney Sagul; 1600: Carter Page; Kayla Wilson; 3200: Carter Page; Kayla Wilson; Distance medley relay: Haley Grooms, Kayla Wilson, Devon Myers, Carter Page; 4x800 relay: Devon Myers, Kayla Wilson, Carter Page, Aylena Carlson; 4x100 relay: Aniyah Williams, Nia Flagg, Payton Ashe, Juliette Smith
Boys: Long jump: Jeremy Lawson, Kylan Oates; Triple jump: Jeremy Lawson; 100: Michael Hudson, Kylan Oates; 110 hurdles: Quennon Ewing, Kenneth Floyd; 800: Logan Locascio, Alexander Wilson; 1600: Eliot Chalfin-Smith, Logan Locascio; 3200: Eliot Chalfin-Smith, Blake Lowery; Distance relay: Austin Brown, Logan Locascio, Eliot Chalfin-Smith, Blake Lowery; 4x200 relay: Austin Brown, Ladarius Flagg, Tariq Evans, Michael Hudson; 4x800 relay: Eliot Chalfin-Smith, Logan Locascio, Tariq Evans, Benjamin Roe; 4x100 relay: Michael Hudson, Kenric Young, Dontarian Evans, Kylan Oates; 4x400 relay: Tariq Evans, Austin Brown, Dontarian Evans, Kenric Young
Girls: 100: Tymiah Montgomery; 800: Grace Blair; Nadiria Evans; 3200: Talia Carlson; Brittney Olinger; Distance relay: Nadiria Evans, Brittney Olinger, Lindsay Rosenberg, Grace Blair; 4x200: Tymiah Montgomery, Nadiria Evans, Grace Blair, Ansley Green; 1600 INVITE: Lindsay Rosenberg
Boys: 800: Zackery Beauchamp; 3200: Austin Perry
Girls: High jump: Logan Boss
Boys: 100: Hamp Cheevers, Kenny Deen; 4x100: Melvin Adams, Asa Marangoni, Hamp Cheevers, Kenny Deen; 4x400: Chad Brooks, Asa Marangoni, Stephen, Jacob Gamble