To boost their national track championship campaigns, Class 4A state girls’ heavyweights St .Thomas Aquinas and defending state champion Boyd Anderson will take their act to two prestigious track showcases.
Aquinas will compete at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays at the University of Texas in Austin this Friday while the Cobras, led by Kali Davis-White (sprints), Deron Gordon (boys’ hurdles) and Daeshon Gordon (girls’ hurdles), will put their All-American times on the line April 5 at the Arcadia Invitational in California.
Aquinas coach Alex Armenteros, who has led the Aquinas boys’ team to four of its five state titles, said competing among all the pomp and circumstance the Texas Relays offers was an opportunity too valuable to pass up.
“Any time you run the Texas Relays its big news,” Armenteros said. “Anybody that is involved in track and field will want to read about it or turn on the television just to see what is going on.”
Aquinas will lean heavily on two-time 400-meter state champion Kendall Ellis who will run pivotal legs on the Raiders 400-meter relay and 1,600-meter relay, along with Toria Levy, Krystal Sparling and Alon Lewis.
In the 3,200 relay, Christina Kalis, Levy, Narinah Jean-Baptiste and Lewis are the runners to watch.
Davis-White will command most of the spotlight at the Arcadia as she battles Ky Westbrook from Chandler (Ariz.) and Ariana Washington from Long Beach Poly (Calif.) for sprint supremacy.
Davis-White set a nation-leading 11.56 in the 100 and U.S. No. 3 23.81 in the 200 at the BCAA championships last Saturday only to have Westbrook assume the nation’s top spots in the 100 (11.47) and 200 (23.64) later that day.
Davis-White will also renew her rivalry with Washington in the 200, where Washington is ranked No. 2 (23.71).
“It will be a great mid-season showdown in the sprints,” said Boyd Anderson co-head coach Damion Thomas. “In Kali, Westbrook and Washington, that’s three of the top sprinters going right now. But all our runners feel like they are ready.”
Daeshon Gordon brings Florida’s No. 1 time in the girls’ 300 hurdles (42.84) and No. 2 time in the 100 hurdles (13.89) while her brother, Deron is ranked No. 2 in the boys’ 300 hurdles (38.12) and No. 5 in the 110 hurdles (14.29).
Blanche Ely coach Melvin Randall was named the Class 7A boys’ basketball state Coach of the Year. Randall led the Tigers to their second consecutive state title, his fifth and the program’s fourth overall.
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