Southridge girls, Jackson boys win titles at Youth Fair


Special to The Miami Herald

The Miami Jackson boys’ and Miami Southridge girls’ track teams each took home first-place finishes at the Youth Fair Championships at Miami Ferguson High School on Saturday, but one of those titles didn’t come without some drama.

Going into the girls’ 1,600-meter relay — the last event of the day and one Southridge coach Dja Dugue felt confident her girls could win — Ferguson held a 114-109 lead in team standings.

“I told them we have to win the 4-by-400,” said Dugue, a Southridge alumna who has been head coach of the girls’ team since 2009. “We can’t play around.”

The Spartan relay team did indeed place first with a time of 4:01.21, giving Southridge 10 points for winning the event. Ferguson finished behind Hialeah American and Miami Central for fourth, good enough for five.

The two teams atop the girls’ standings were tied 119-119 at the end of the day, but Southridge was deemed the winner through the tiebreaker of most first-place finishes. The Spartans won five events while the Falcons only won two.

Southridge sprinter J’Nea Bellamy was instrumental in winning that tiebreaker as she placed first in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes. She set a meet record in the 200, running it in 24.73 seconds. She won the 100 with a time of 12.16.

“She’s exceptional, but we’re still working for better times,” Dugue said. “It’s great to break the record, but that time is more or less her average.”

Dishondria McCoo recorded two first-place finishes for the Spartans as well, winning both the long jump and triple jump.

Ferguson initially took the five-point lead in the second-to-last event of the afternoon, the 3,200-meter run where no Spartans were running and three Falcons placed, including junior Katrina Santiago, who won it in 11:44.16.

Santiago also finished second, half a second behind teammate Rachel Licea, to push her to victory in the 1,600-meter run. Both ran times good enough to beat previous meet records — Licea in 5:19.09 and Santiago in 5:19.59.

“She pushed me a whole lot,” said Licea, a senior who will be running track for the University of North Florida next season.

“She’s a great runner. To have her there working with me, I wouldn’t have been able to do it without her. No way.”

Tyrone Thornton of the Jackson boys’ team led the Generals with his win in the long jump. Although the team finished in first, it was the only boys’ event Jackson won.

Other meet records were set by Central’s Kimani Austin-Reese (girls’ 100-meter hurdles), Jackson’s Shamaria Lovett (girls’ 300-meter hurdles), Ransom’s Paulina Johansson (girls’ pole vault), Columbus’ Amir Rasul (boys’ 100-meter dash) and Belen’s Carlos Muniz (boys’ pole vault).

•  Boys’ Results — Jackson 92, Central 80, Carol City 68, Belen 67, American 53, Ferguson 51, Coral Park 50, Northwestern 49, Columbus 46, South Dade 30 — 100-meter dash: Amir Rasul (COL) 10.74; 200-meter dash: Amir Rasul (COL) 22.00; 400-meter dash: Simeon Thomas (CC) 50.50; 800-meter run: Marcus Smith (CC) 1:56.63; 1600-meter run: Avery Lopez (BEL) 4:31.31; 3200-meter run: Daniel Fernandez (COL) 9:41.63; 110-meter hurdles: Artie Burns (NW) 14.69; 300-meter hurdles: Sean Maxwell (NW) 40.01; 400-meter relay: CEN 42.25; 1600-meter relay: CEN 3:24.5; 3200-meter relay: CEN 8:11; high jump: Christian Williams (AM) 6-4; pole vault: Carlos Muniz (BEL) 13-0; long jump: Tyrone Thornton (JAC) 21-10.25; triple jump: Pablo Espitia (FER) 44-7; shot put: Kevin Delgado (CP) 57-1; discus throw: Steven Delgado (CP) 158-0.

•  Girls’ Results — Southridge 119 (won tiebreaker of most first-place finishes), Ferguson 119, Ransom 66, Jackson 65, Carol City 63, American 60, Central 58, Coral Reef 40, Pace 17, Doral Academy 15 — 100-meter dash: J’Nea Bellamy (SR) 12.16; 200-meter dash: J’Nea Bellamy (SR) 24.73; 400-meter dash: Terneka Gibson (CC) 59.09; 800-meter run: Lauren Archer (RE) 2:19.37; 1600-meter run: Rachel Licea (FER) 5:19.09; 3200-meter run: Katrina Santiago (FER) 11:44.16; 100-meter hurdles: Kimani Austin-Reese (CEN) 14.39; 300-meter hurdles: Shamaria Lovett (JAC) 43.16; 400-meter relay: JAC 49.33; 1600-meter relay: SR 4:01.21; 3200-meter relay: CEN 10:06.00; high jump: Terneka Gibson (CC) 5-4; pole vault: Paulina Johansson (RE) 9-6; long jump: Dishondria McCoo (SR) 18-9.5; triple jump: McCoo (SR) 37-4.75; shot put: Jasmine Williams (CC) 39-2; discus throw: Williams (CC) 147-8.


American Heritage’s 400-meter boys’ relay team served notice they would reclaim the nation's top time at the Florida Relays and then delivered on their word Saturday.

Behind superb stick handling from Isaiah McKenzie, Walter Tucker, Torrance Gibson and Jerimy Strainge, the Patriots clocked a meet-record and nation-leading 40.48 which drew a rousing ovation at Percy Beard Stadium in Gainesville.

“On Friday night we had a heart-to-heart talk about responsibility and everybody doing their best and visualizing Saturday being a supernatural day,’’ said Heritage coach Corey Hicks. “We said we would run in the 40.40’s. The things we talked about came to fruition today.”

The Patriots' new time pushes the 40.84 held by Edna Karr Magnet (LA) to No. 2 in the nation and eclipses the state mark (40.54). However, the FHSAA only recognizes times set at the State Track Finals.

St. Thomas Aquinas' Kendall Ellis, Toria Levy, Alon Lewis and Krystal Sparling took down the 1,600 girls' relay meet record (3:41.40) which stood since 2004 by clocking a nation- leading 3:40.74. Ellis also helped the Raiders win the 800-meter relay in a nation-leading 1:37.53 and the 400-relay team win in a nation No. 5 46.49.

The Raiders reached a milestone when its 3,200 relay teams swept Florida Relays titles for the first time.

Heritage eight-grade sensation Daesha Rogers clocked a U.S. No. 3 2:11.69 to win the girls’ 800 and Pines Charter sophomore Carlos Penaranda confirmed his rising status by winning the boys 1,600 in 4:22.41.

Hallandale’s Lia King, in the midst of a breakout season, won the 100 hurdles in a personal-best and U.S. No. 3 13.89, finished second in the triple jump and fourth in the long jump.


Broward top 5 finishers

•  Boys’ results — 100 high hurdles: 2. Walter Tucker (AH) 14.14, 5. John Battle (Hall) 14.43; 1,600: 1. Carlos Penaranda (PPC) 4:22.41; 4,000 distance medley: 4. St. Thomas Aquinas 10:47.64; 3,200 relay: 1. St. Thomas Aquinas 7:57.97, 4. Pines Charter 8:03.41; 400 relay: 1. American Heritage 40.48; 1,600 relay: 3. American Heritage 3:16.32; high jump: 3. Stefan Duvivier (CG) 6-2; discus: 2. Ryan Crozier (STA) 164-10; pole vault: 3. Matthew Ryan (STA) 14-6, 4. Austin Blazs (CG) 13-6.

•  Girls’ results — 100 hurdles: 1. Lia King (Hall) 13.89; 100: 3. Diamond Spaulding (AH) 11.96; 800: 1. Daesha Rogers (AH) 2:11.69, 4. Rachelle Alexander (AH) 2:14.20; 1,600: 2. Hannah Brookover (CalvChr) 5:10.72; triple jump: 2. Lia King (Hall) 37-7; discus: 3. Phoebe Gustely (Mon) 131-9; shot put: 2. Shanell Atkins (STA) 42-10.25; 3,200: 5. Alexa Cruz (STA)11:07; long jump: 4. Lia King (Hall) 18-8; pole vault: 2. Emily Gale (CalvChr) 11-6, 3. Amanda Gale (CalvChr) J11-6; high jump: 5. Edquisha Alvin (Hall) 5-4; 3,200 relay: 1. St. Thomas Aquinas 9:15.60, 4. American Heritage 9:35.89; 4,000 distance medley: 1. St. Thomas Aquinas 12:20.79; 400 relay: 1. St. Thomas Aquinas 46.49; 800 relay: 1. St. Thomas Aquinas 1:37.53, 4. Hallandale 1:40.37; 1,600 relay: 1. St. Thomas Aquinas 3:40.74, 3. American Heritage 3:47.95, 5. Hallandale 3:54.22.


•  District 14-2A— American Heritage 16, University 15, Archbishop McCarthy 8, Cardinal Gibbons 4, Coral Springs Charter 4, Pine Crest 4, North Broward Prep 3, Dillard 0, Pompano Beach 0 — No. 1 singles: Dimitri Salzmann (AMC) d. David Omsky (US) 6-1, 7-5; No. 2 singles: Ryan Khan (US) d. Zachary Ebenfeld (AHP) 6-0, 7-5; No. 3 singles: Noppawit Satprelpry (AHP) d. Ismail Ercan (PC) 2-2 Ret (em); No. 4 singles: Noppawat Satprelpry (AHP) d. Jordan Gutt (US) 6-2, 6-0; No. 5 singles: Romare Gonzalez (AHP) d. Chad Resnik (PC) 6-3, 6-3; No. 1 doubles: Omsky/Khan (US) d. German Ayubi/Ebenfeld 6-0, 6-4; No. 2 doubles: Satprelpry/Satprelpry (AHP) d. Gutt/Michael Heller (US) 6-1, 6-0.


•  District 14-2A— Pine Crest 22, American Heritage 16, University 12, Cardinal Gibbons 7, North Broward Prep 6, Archbishop McCarthy 3, Pompano Beach 1, Coarl Springs Charter 1, Dillard 0 — No. 1 singles: Stephanie Taylor (PC) d. Katherine Wiley (CG) 6-1, 6-7 (7-3), 6-3; No. 2 singles: Leah Bush (US) d. Kaely Malik (PC) 6-2, 6-1; No. 3 singles: Ines de Bracamonte (PC) d. Ronia Dolabany (AHP) def.; No. 4 singles: Katarina Stevanovich (PC) d. Aleksi Gottlieb (AHP) 6-4, 2-6, 6-1; No. 5 singles: Caroline Buechele (AHP) d. Amanda Gomez-Rivera (PC) 3-6, 6-4, 6-2; No. 1 doubles: Malik/Taylor (PC) d. Danielle Obolevitch/Bush (US) 6-4, 6-3; No. 2 doubles: de Bracamon/Stevanovich (PC) d. Ronia Dolabany/Susana Chinchilla (AHP) 6-1, 6-1.


•  Late Friday — Last Chance Invitational — Dade Christian 110, Nova 73, Highlands Christian 73, Florida Christian 72, Western 55, South Florida HEAT 52, Key West 46, Chaminade 44, Mater Academy 30, Gulliver 19 — 100-meter dash: Joshua Tracey (WES) 11.0; 200-meter dash: Joshua Tracey (WES) 22.6; 400-meter dash: Tarik Cummings (WES) 50.0; 800-meter run: Miguel Lescano (MA) 2:04.5; 1600-meter run: Tomas Gimeaez-Beron (NOV) 4:39.2; 3200-meter run: Tomas Gimeaez-Beron (NOV) 10:15.3; 110-meter hurdles: Ryan Davis (HLC) 14.44; 300-meter hurdles: Ryan Davis (HLC) 38.1; 400-meter relay: CHA 43.9; 1600-meter relay: DC 3:30.8; 3200-meter relay: MA 8:48.21; high jump: Angel Rios (NOV) 5-8; pole vault: Josh Joseph (FC) 11-0; long jump: Antonio Sotlongo (GUL) 20-1; triple jump: Gino Brown Jr. (CHA) 44-2; shot put: Andrew Florvil (DC) 43-6; discus throw: Jack Gruba (KW) 125-0.


•  Late Friday — Last Chance Invitational — South Florida HEAT 144.5, Nova 87, Dade Christian 72, Key West 59, Mater Academy 59, Upperroom Christian 48, LaSalle 33, Western 32, Highlands Christian 26, Florida Christian 19 — 100-meter dash: Ulani Toussaint (MA) 12.4; 200-meter dash: Isabella Howerton (WES) 24; 400-meter dash: Ulani Toussaint (MA) 57.2; 800-meter run: Melissa Bruno-Piverger (WES) 2:33.20; 1600-meter run: Yanisel Stuart (DC) 5:41.7; 3200-meter run: Celeste Romero (DC) 12:21.5; 100-meter hurdles: Adanaca Brown (UC) 14.0; 300-meter hurdles: Adanaca Brown (UC) 45.7; 400-meter relay: KW 53.1; 1600-meter relay: HEAT 4:21.8; 3200-meter relay: GUL 10:36.98; high jump: Aisha Nelson (NOV) 5-0; pole vault: Racheal Dietrich (KW) 9-0; long jump: Adanaca Brown (UC) 17-7; triple jump: Marina Gatihno (FC) 33-9.5; shot put: Catherine Tilman (LAS) 33-0; discus throw: Lereine Lomax (NOV) 101-1.


•  Columbus 9, Braddock 5 — WP: Anthony Martinez 2 1/3 IP, 3 K, 0 R. Top performers: Gil Torres 1-1, HR. Cris Perez 2-4.


Hialeah Gardens 20, North Miami Beach 5 (3)


Top performers:


•  American Heritage 7, Coral Reef 4: Luis Gomez 3 goals, assist. Tristan Payne 2 goals. Jarett Alfero 2 goals. Joey Weisberg 18 saves. AHP 4-10.

•  Pine Crest 14, Palmetto 5: Zach Smith 4 goals, 4 assists. David Tescher 2 goals.


•  Bishop Moore Tournament — Ransom d. Mourning 25-21, 25-16: Victor Campano 12 kills. Royce Rose 5 kills. Nick Wenzel 3 kills.

•  Silver Bracket Semifinal — Ransom d. Columbus 25-21, 25-18: Victor Campano 15 kills. Sean Bonner 4 kills. Matt Lirman 24 assists.

•  Silver Bracket Final — Ransom d. Palmetto 25-23, 25-20: Victor Campano 17 kills. Nick Stern 5 kills, 2 blocks, 4 aces. Blake Adler 12 digs. Matt Lirman 26 assists.

•  Late Friday — Coral Reef d. Florida Christian 21-25, 29-27, 25-21, 25-22: Cedric Hankerson 13 kills, 3 blocks, ace. Anthony Caba 23 assists, 9 digs, 2 aces. Oscar Rouco 20 digs, ace.


Ransom Tournament

•  Gulliver 9, Ransom 3: Alexandra Guerra 3 goals. Samantha Rosenberg 3 goals. Rebecca Serrano 5 assists, 2 steals.

•  Gulliver 9, Orlando Lake Nona 3: Katja Rocha 4 goals, 3 assists. Alexandra Guerra 2 goals, 2 steals, assist. Rebecca Serrano 2 goals, 2 assists, 4 steals.

•  Gulliver 11, Spanish River 2: Camilla Schafer 2 goals, steal. Samantha Rosenberg 2 goals, 2 steals, assist. Dani Fuertes goal, 5 steals, 2 assists. GUL 23-1.


Ransom Tournament

•  Gulliver 10, Ransom 9: Alex Guerra 4 goals, assist. Andres Guerra 3 goals, 2 assists. Johnathan Chow 2 goals, assist.

•  Gulliver 11, Orlando Lake Nona 8: Jan Strusinski 4 goals, 2 assists, 2 steals. Andres Guerra 3 goals, assist. Hunter Pelletier 2 goals, 3 assists, 5 steals.

•  Gulliver 15, Spanish River 9: Jonathan Chow 7 goals, 3 assists. Andres Guerra 4 goals, 2 assists. Hunter Pelletier 3 goals, 5 assists, 3 steals. GUL 16-7.

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