Having aced every major test so far this season, the only suspense surrounding the St. Thomas Aquinas girls’ track team is how wide a margin the Raiders will win the BCAA championships on Saturday.
With all due respect to reigning Class 4A state champion Boyd Anderson, all signs point to the Raider girls joining their boys counterparts atop the victory stand at Dillard High School.
The Raiders, who are coming off an impressive victory at the Bob Hayes Invitational, open their BCAA bid in the South Central qualifier at South Plantation on Wednesday.
“The locomotive is at full steam right now,” said Raiders coach Alex Armenteros. “Right now we have no weaknesses. From the 100 to the two mile. These girls have made up their minds its not only about winning the state track championship. It’s about getting recognition on the national level.”
The Bob Hayes Invitational provided the third head-to-head competition with three-time Class 2A state champion American Heritage, and the Raiders maintained bragging rights with a 3-0 mark.
Krystal Sparling and Toria Levy led the Raiders’ dynamic sprint corps by each posting Florida-leading times. Sparling went 11.57 in the 100 and led the Raiders 400-meter relay and 1,600-relay teams to victory, and Levy ran 42.93 in the 300 hurdles.
Two-time defending 400-meter state champion Kendall Ellis, meanwhile, outdueled Heritage star Deja Parrish to take the 400 in 54.71 (Parrish finished in 55.48) before capping Aquinas’ dominant showing with a superb anchor leg on the 1,600 relay.
“It’s not just American Heritage,” Armenteros said. “I love the competition we face at the Louie Bing, Sam Burley and Bob Hayes. All the top caliber teams show up in those meets. We’re also going out to the Texas Relays, and that’s as big as it gets. The BCAA will tell us exactly where we are. There is Boyd Anderson and it is for bragging rights in Broward County.”
Pine Crest 5, Calvary Christian 2
WP: G. Lopez. LP: C. Chang (7-3). Top performer: K. Nevils (CCA) 2-3. CCA 10-3.
Cooper City 10, McArthur 0
WP: Kelly Coulter (4-4). LP: Mansfield (4-10). Top performer: Shannon Allen 2-5, grand slam, 4 RBI. CC. 8-5. MCA 6-10.
Late Saturday — American Heritage 5, St. Thomas Aquinas 3 (8)
Late Saturday — Timber Creek 7, St. Thomas Aquinas 3
• Archbishop McCarthy d. Nova 22-25, 25-22, 21-18, 25-19: Alec Rodriguez 9 points, 8 kills. Michael Moreiras 11 points, 11 kills. Joe Figueroa 6 points, 35 assists. AMC 9-5.
• Cypress Bay d. West Broward 25-16, 25-19, 25-17: Mike Calderone (WB) 6 kills, 5 blocks.
• South Broward d. Everglades 25-10, 25-19, 25-20: SB 7-4.
• Late Saturday — Viper Classic — South Dade 136, Ferguson 100.33, Carol City 92.33, Killian 76, Coral Park 65, Sunset 48, Ransom 20, Archbishop McCarthy 20, Southwest 13.33, Edison 12, Mater Academy 10, Varela 10, Doral Academy 9, Miami High 3, North Miami Beach 2 — 100-meter dash: Jean Souiten (SD) 10.99; 200-meter dash: Jean Souiten (SD) 22.11; 400-meter dash: Jean Souiten (SD) 49.06; 800-meter run: Fabian Delgado (KIL) 2.06; 1600-meter run: Fabian Delgado (KIL) 4:27.31; 3200-meter run: Ronny Greenup (SUN) 9:52.14; 110-meter hurdles: Markey Joyner (ED) 16.01; 300-meter hurdles: Ketio Domond (SD) 40.0; 400-meter relay: SD 43.09; 1600-meter relay: CC 3:30.25; 3200-meter relay: SUN 8:11.2; high jump: Marco Collie (AMC) 6-2; long jump: Ketio Domond (SD) 22-1.5; triple jump: Pablo Espitia (FER) 42-11; shot put: Kevin Delgado (CP) 58-4; discus throw: Kevin Delgado (CP) 144-5.