Boys’ track and field

South Broward sprinter Kahlil Henderson looking to make a splash

 

flyon@MiamiHerald.com

Olympic sprint star Walter Dix, a man of few words, raised a few eyebrows this past summer when he proclaimed South Broward sprint star Kahlil Henderson a future Olympian.

Dix led workouts with Henderson and witnessed the build, long strides, work habits and rare ability to “go get someone” on the straightaway which makes Henderson a 200-meter prototype. Even with those attributes and a ringing endorsement from one of the all-time great Florida prep sprinters, Henderson can silence all questions about his consistency with a 200-meter title at the BCAA track championships at Dillard on Saturday.

“I believe I’m a little under the radar but I plan on changing that.” Henderson said. “Right now I fit in with the top sprinters in the state but at the end of the year I plan on being number one in the 200.”

Henderson can take a big step toward that goal by proving he’s the top 200 runner in what is expected to be a hotly contested BCAA field and running the most pivotal legs on the Bulldogs’ 400-meter relay and 1,600-meter relay teams.

Fort Lauderdale’s Lamark Campbell (21.73), St. Thomas Aquinas’ Dion Collier (22.06), Piper’s Andre Ewers (21.93) and Blanche Ely’s Rashard Robinson (22.00) poise the biggest challenge to Henderson claiming his first BCAA title and second 200 crown since he went a U.S. No. 4 21.21 at the Hallandale Invitational on March 9.

As if the 200 didn’t already have enough buzz, Robinson stoked the fire even more at the BCAA North qualifier on Wednesday when he boldly predicted a sweep of the 100- and 200-meter titles. Campbell, Ewers, Collier, Robinson and Henderson might also play a huge role in which team takes the coveted boys 400-meter relay.

Henderson made a splash as a sophomore when he ran 21.09 in the 200. Since that time, Henderson’s biggest drawback to matching that personal-best has been inconsistency running through the tape. Henderson appears to glide out of the blocks and can pick off runners with the best of them. What ultimately separates Henderson from the split second between first or second is whether he attacks the finish line as he does running the curve.

At the 2012 FHSAA Class 4A state championships, Henderson ran a season best 21.24 in the 200 prelims only to come back and run 21.55 to finish second in the finals.

South Broward coach Washington Dix, Walter Dix’s father, has made Henderson’s finish a point of emphasis and projects Henderson will be in position to break the 20.58 state record at this year’s state finals.

“At times Kahlil sees that finish line and starts breaking down,” Washington Dix said. “We’ve been working to set his mind past the finish line. Once he starts running through that line, we will see a tremendous drop in time. Kahlil will be the state champion. I’m looking for him to take the 200 and run away with it.”

Read more Broward High Schools stories from the Miami Herald

  • Tennis | Boys’ and Girls’ State Championships

    Cypress Bay girls’ tennis team delayed; Coral Gables wins boys’ title

    How fortunes can change in the span of 20 minutes. That’s about how long it took for Cypress Bay to lose its grip on a second consecutive boys’ Class 4A tennis title Tuesday, the end coming swiftly on a bang-bang pair of doubles tiebreakers at the hands of new champion Coral Gables.

  •  
Pembroke Pines Charter's Victoria Hill looks for a shot against South Broward’s Sam Weichhan in the District 12 water polo finals on April 15, 2014.

    Broward High Schools Roundup

    Pembroke Pines Charter beats Cooper City, wins District 12 boys’ water polo championship

    Noah Hernandez snapped his arm like a snake striking its prey, scoring at the buzzer and piling on Cooper City in Pines Charter’s 13-9 win Tuesday in the District 12 boys’ water polo championship. The Jaguars swept both the boys and girls district finals under coach Luis Soler, with the girls team beating South Broward 9-3.

  • Tennis

    Cypress Bay returns to finals

    Cypress Bay coach Vince Grossi makes it a point to never look at the updated brackets once play begins at the state tennis championships.

Get your Miami Heat Fan Gear!

Join the
Discussion

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category