• 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.