Boyd Anderson’s Kali Davis-White lit the spark for a BCAA Track Championships sprints fireworks with a nation-leading 11.56 in the 100 and U.S. No. 3 23.81 in the 200 at Dillard High School on Saturday.
St. Thomas Aquinas’ Krystal Sparling came in with the nation’s top 100 time (11.57) but Davis-White took control at the midway point to finish ahead of Sparling (11.74) and Boyd Anderson’s Comfort Gebor (12.10).
“It feels good saying I ran 11.56 because I just came out of indoors but I wanted to run faster than that,” Davis-White said. “I wanted to run 11 [seconds] low. I don’t take anything for granted. When I come into the blocks I know it’s anybody’s race.”
Davis-White started a run of three national No. 1 times being set.
Dillard’s Shakima Wimbley, backed by a loud, partisan home crowd, vaulted to the No. 1 400-meters time in the nation when she pulled away from St. Thomas Aquinas’ two-time state champion Kendall Ellis on the last curve to win the 400 in 53.67. Ellis finished second in 54.8.
“I just knew I had to make sure I came through the 200 at about 25 seconds and just fight until the end,” said Wimbley, who came back to finish second in the 200. “Because Kendall is very strong at the end of the race, I knew I had to come off the curve and keep going.”
Ely’s Rashard Robinson made it look easy winning his first BCAA 100 meters title in 10.71. But South Broward’s Kahlil Henderson spoiled Robinson’s bid for a sprint double when he clocked a personal-best and U.S. No. 3 21.01 in the 200. Robinson faded in the last 80 meters to finish second (21.77).
“Robinson slowed up at the curve and I took the opportunity to take him,” Henderson said. “He is a very good runner but I felt good passing him. This means a lot to me. It is my first BCAA championship.”
Boyd Anderson looked like a shoe-in to defend its girls’ 400 relay title after posting a nation-leading 45.80 in the prelims.
But uncharacteristically, the Cobras dropped the baton on the first handoff in the finals, opening the door for St. Thomas Aquinas to win in 47.62.
A scintillating anchor leg from Florida State football commit John Franklin helped South Plantation pull an upset of South Broward and Blanche Ely in the boys’ 400-meter relay.
The Paladins finished in a school-record 41.51, which ranks No. 12 in the nation and was followed by South Broward (41.59) and Ely (42.27).
“We came in expecting to win it,” Franklin said. “Our handoffs were clean. This is the first time all four legs have run together, so we can only go up from here.”
St. Thomas Aquinas received no resistance in sweeping the BCAA boys’ and girls’ team titles.
Boyd Anderson’s dynamic brother-sister hurdles duo of Deron and Daeshon Gordon made it a family affair in a sweep of all four hurdles races.
Daeshon Gordon ran a No. 4 13.89 to beat Hallandale’s Lia King (14.10) and St. Thomas Aquinas’ Toria Levy (14.59) in the 100 hurdles.
Deron Gordon, meanwhile, put on a burst with 15 meters left and leaned past Hallandale’s John Battle IV for the 110 meter hurdles title in 14.29.
“To do this and be county champions together is something that we have always dreamed of,” said Daeshon Gordon. “This means a lot to us, especially to our dad and mom.”
BCAA Track Championships
• Boys results — 1,600: Tyler Bell (CS) 4:25.35; 100: Rashard Robinson (Ely) 10.71; 110 Hurdles: Deron Gordon (BA) 14.29; 200: Kahlil Henderson (SB) 21.01; 300 Hurdles: Deron Gordon (BA) 38.12; 3,200: Andrew Iglesias (PPC) 9:49.28; 400: Jabari Hill (Mir) 48.60; 400 Relay: South Plantation 41.51; 1,600 Relay: Boyd Anderson 3:19.04; 3,200 Relay: Pines Charter 8:06.74; 800: Javon Patterson (BA) 1:56.35; Discus: Angel Parra (Mir) 159-9; High Jump: Steven Nesbitt (Ely) 6-4; Long Jump: Chazton Mekenzie (Ely) 22-5.75; Pole Vault: Austin Blazs (CG) 14-0; Shot Put: Noah Jones (Dill) 52-4; Triple Jump: Noah Grillo (STA) 44-0.
• Girls’ results — 1,600: Christina Kalis (STA) 5:15.34; 100: Kali Davis-White (BA) 11.56; 100 Hurdles: Daeshon Gordon (BA) 13.89; 200: Kali Davis-White (BA) 23.81; 300 Hurdles: Daeshon Gordon (BA) 42.84; 3,200: Alex Cruz (STA) 11:23.23; 400: Shakima Wimbley (Dill) 53.67; 400 Relay: St. Thomas Aquinas 47.62; 1,600 Relay: St. Thomas Aquinas 3:47.67; 3,200 Relay: St. Thomas Aquinas 9:22.84; 800: Christina Kalis (STA) 2:21.70; Discus: Dominique Edwards (Flan) 136-2; High Jump: Gillian Morrison (Doug) 5-4; Long Jump: Lia King (Hall) 18-5.50; Pole Vault: Brianna Thaler (STA) 10-6; Shot Put: Shannell Atkins (STA) 43-11.75; Triple Jump: Lia King (Hall) 39-4.