The Booker T. Washington 400-meter relay squad, with a time of 41.09, ran the fastest time in the country this season at the Sam Burley Invitational at Miami Southridge High on Saturday.
Nigel Patten, who wasn’t even supposed to run the relay but was inserted into the lineup because usual first-leg runner Lamar Parker sustained a hamstring injury, gave Booker T. the early lead.
Deltron Hopkins and Krondis Larry maintained the Tornado lead through the second and third legs, and Nicholas Norris sprinted as hard as he could through the finish line.
“I just knew I couldn’t be the downfall in this relay,” Norris said. “They worked so hard to bring it all the way through, I knew I couldn’t let them down — finish through and let’s get the record.”
Despite the record-setting day for the Tornadoes, Belen finished first in team standings, besting Booker T. 71-53 in boys’ competition.
On the girls side, St. Thomas Aquinas won with a team score of 118.
• Boys’ results – Belen 71, Booker T. 53, St. Thomas Aquinas 48, Olympia 45, Central 45, American Heritage 45, Northwestern 44, Southridge 38, Coral Park 28, Jackson 24 – 100-meter dash: Nicholas Norris (BTW) 10.79; 200-meter dash: Jeremy Strainge (AHP) 21.40; 400-meter dash: Jeffery Green (NW) 48.64; 800-meter run: Allen Searaphin (CEN) 2:00.65; 1600-meter run: Avery Lopez (BEL) 4:22.32; 3200-meter run: Fabian Thomas (BEL) 9:28.45; 110-meter hurdles: Walter Tucker (AHP) 13.89; 300-meter hurdles: Chris Prophet (SR) 38.27; 400-meter relay: BTW 41.09; 1600-meter relay: BTW 3:19.37; 3200-meter relay: BEL 8:10.00; high jump: Christian Williams (AM) 6-2; pole vault: Matthew Ryan (STA) 13-6; long jump: Justin Crapps (ROCK) 21-11; triple jump: Jamal Dorvilier (SR) 46-5.5; shot put: Kevin Delgado (CP) 57-9.5; discus throw: Fredrick Jones (MP) 155-3.
• Girls’ results – St. Thomas Aquinas 118, American Heritage 82, Southridge 66, Hallandale 62, Rockledge 50, Ferguson 40, South Dade 38, Olympia 36, Carol City 26, Lourdes 20 – 100-meter dash: J’Nea Bellamy (SR) 11.93; 200-meter dash: Diamond Spaulding (AHP) 24.42; 400-meter dash: Adriana Allen (KR) 55.51; 800-meter run: Daesha Rogers (AHP) 2:17.75; 1600-meter run: Daesha Rogers (AHP) 5:13.71; 3200-meter run: Lourdes Brea (LOU) 11:17.02; 100-meter hurdles: Lia King (HAL) 14.01; 300-meter hurdles: Toria Levy (STA) 44.30; 400-meter relay: SR 47.93; 1600-meter relay: 3:53.11; 3200-meter relay: AHP 9:32.30; high jump: Tia Smith (ROCK) 5-4; pole vault: Summer Schafers (OLY) 11-9; long jump: DiShondria McCoo (SR) 18-9; triple jump: DiShondria McCoo (SR) 38-6.5; shot put: Jasmine Williams (CC) 40-3; discus throw: Jasmine Williams (CC) 147-8.
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• Calvary Christian 106, Westminster Academy 106, Coral Springs 88, Pine Crest 85, Dade Christian 73.5, Highlands Christian 53.5, South Florida HEAT 41.5, Coral Springs Charter 31, Florida Christian 27, Ransom Everglades 8 – high jump: Ryan Rickel (WA) 6-0; pole vault: Matt Hernandez (PC) 13-0; long jump: Jordan Cabral (CCA) 20-4; triple jump: Jonathan Saintil (DC) 44-1.5; d iscus throw: Aaron Batten (DC) 116-9; shot put: Jerome Grey (WA) 42-0; 6400-meter relay: WA 20:09.57; 100-meter dash: Andrew James (WA) 11.05; 300-meter hurdles: Josiah Swinton (CCA) 41.44; 800-meter relay: CCA 1:32.71; 3200-meter relay: PC 8:35.88; 800 sprint medley relay: CS 1:37.25; mile run: Tyler Bell (CS) 4:50.24; 400-meter shuttle hurlde coed: CCA 1:10.90; 400-meter relay throwers: CSCha. 56.48; 400-meter relay: CS 44.86; distance medley relay: WA 11:38.41; 1600-meter relay: CCA 3:33.03.