Somerset girls pull off surprise win in 400 relay

 

flyon@MiamiHerald.com

Somerset Academy, a third-year track program, pulled off the shocker of the District 14-2A championships when its girls’ 400-meter relay team knocked off American Heritage, the state’s No. 5-ranked team, at Coral Springs on Thursday.

The Patriots (47.25) were considered a shoo-in for the district title, but the Panthers’ quartet of Christina De La Cruz, Sarah Walloston, Kiana Jones and Chanel Freeman had other ideas, clocking a school-record 51.33 seconds for the victory.

“When our girls heard the announcer say it was a big upset, they got real upset about it,” Panthers coach Tomal Parker said. “Heritage is a great team, but our girls have worked hard all year.”

Pompano Beach finished second (52.48), Pine Crest took third (53.21) and American Heritage finished fourth (53.66).

That amounted to the lone misstep the Patriots made for the rest of the meet.

Heritage eighth-grade sensation Daesha Rogers opened her bid for repeat state titles in the 800 and 1,600 by cruising to victories in both. In the 1,600, Rogers separated from the Pine Crest duo of Ella Wurth and Julia Montgomery, the reigning 2A cross-country state champion, by the 300-meter mark and was never challenged to win in 5:06.13.

Heritage sprint stars, Diamond Spaulding, Deja Parrish, Jerimy Strainge, Khari Herbert, Walter Tucker and Khadeeja Dooling held up their end with convincing victories.

Spaulding swept the girls’ 100 and 200, Strainge won the boys’ 200 and Tucker showed his rare athletic range by winning the 110 hurdles, 300 hurdles and the discus.

Dooling renewed her rivalry with North Broward Prep’s Kayla Burke and swept the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles titles. Burke finished second in both.

“In the 300 hurdles, I made sure that I got my stride pattern correct as soon as I came out the blocks,” Dooling said. “That meant I wouldn’t have to chop up my steps or have to alternate throughout the race.”

The top four finishers advance to the Region 4-2A championships at Glades Central High School on April 19.

There was drama in the boys’ 1,600 where North Broward Prep’s Jonathan Klumpp and University School’s Matthew Nelson ran shoulder-to-shoulder going into the final lap before Klumpp pulled away for good to win in 4:41.40. Nelson finished second and Coral Springs Charter’s Connor Hollander third.

Pine Crest senior Dani Pendergast celebrated her oral commitment to Syracuse by winning the long jump with a career-best leap of 17-11.50, shattering her previous personal best (15-1).

“A lot of girls were jumping with their torso out, it looked a little scary but I tried it and I improved,” Pendergast said. “I just had fun with it. I was not expecting to win it at all. I am so excited.”

Pendergast also finished second in the 400 to Parrish, and Julia Montgomery won the 3,200 to help the Panthers sweep the team titles.

The North Broward Prep girls’ 3,200 relay team of seventh-graders Katie Bishop and Katie Pinnell and eigth-graders Saige Horowitz and Jenna Shortridge provided one of the biggest surprises when it clocked a school-best 10:12.15 — the nation’s top middle school time to finish second to American Heritage (10:00.31). A week ago, Horowitz, Shortridge, Binta Olibisi and Pinnell ran a nation-leading 4:14.48 in the 1,600 relay at the Westminster Academy Middle School Invitational.

“I’m very proud of all four of them,” North Broward coach Patty Palermo said. “They weren’t as nervous. They were more nervous at the middle school state qualifier than they were today because there were no expectations, because they were running against all high schoolers.”

Pompano Beach’s Tyra Frazier won the triple jump (32-3), finished fourth in the 100, third in the long jump and helped the Tornadoes’ 400 relay finish second.

District 14-2A: Girls results – 3,200 relay: 1. American Heritage 10:00.31, 2. North Broward 10:12.15, 3. Pine Crest 10:16.79, 4. Pompano Beach 10:41.32; 100 hurdles: 1. Khadeeja Dooling (AH) 14.27, 2. Burke (NBP) 14.70, 3. Freman (Som) 14.86, 4. Joseph (AH) 16.45; 100: 1. Diamond Spaulding (AH) 11.82, 2. Hamilton (PC) 12.93, 3. Joseph (AH) 12.95, 4. Frazier (PB) 13.12; 1,600: 1. Daesha Rogers (AH) 5:06.13, 2. Wurth (PC) 5:13.23, 3. Montgomery (PC) 5:13.62, 4. Pinnell (NBP) 5:18.39; 400: 1. Deja Parrish (AH) 56.97, 2. Pendergast (PC) 59.43, 3. A. Williams (AH) 59.81, 4. Bland (PC) 1:02.42; 400 relay: 1. Somerset 51.33, 2. Pompano Beach 52.48, 3. Pine Crest 53.21, 4. American Heritage 53.66; 800: 1. Daesha Rogers (AH) 2:17.01, 2. Alexander (AH) 2:17.19, 3. Wurth (PC) 2;24.72, 4. Montgomery (PC) 2:25.48; 200: 1. Diamond Spaulding (AH) 24.04, 2. Parrish (AH) 24.17, 3. Pendergast (PC) 25.88, 4. Hamilton (PC) 26.93; 3,200: 1. Julia Montgomery (PC) 11:53.18, 2. Jovanovic (PC) 11:57.51, 3. Gornisiewicz (PC) 12:03.59, 4. Pinnell (NBP) 12:15.91; 1,600 relay: 1. American Heritage 3:54.83, 2. Pine Crest 4:12.11, 3. Pompano Beach 4:20.03, 4. Coral Springs Charter 4:52.76. High jump: 1. Nyla Lindo (PC) 5-0, 2. Sylvain (CSCh) 4-10, 3. McBride (CSCh) 4-8, 4. M. Pendergast (PC) 4-4; Pole vault: 1. Taylor Logue (PC) 10-6, 2. Montague (PC) 9-0, 3. Olefson (PC) 7-6, 4. Gibson (PC) 7-0; Long jump: 1. Dani Pendergast (PC) 17-11.50, 2. Dooling (AH) 17-3, 3. Frazier (PB) 17-1.25, 4. Jones (Som) 16-2; Triple jump: 1. Tyra Frazier (PB) 32-3, 2. Bates (PC) 31-8.75, 3. Taylor (PB) 31-8.50, 4. Campbell (CSCh) 30-2; Discus: 1. Alexis Kerr (PB) 88-0, 2. Clairvil (CSCh) 76-10, 3. Thraum (PC) 71-0, 4. Caro (PC) 65-6; Shot put: 1. Alexis Kerr (PB) 29-0; 2. Clairvil (CSCh) 25-2; 3. Worship (CSCh) 23-2; 4. Maharaj (PC) 23-0. Boys results – 3,200 relay: 1. North Broward 8:29.67, 2. Pine Crest 8:33.53, 3. Coral Springs Charter 8:37.01, 4. Pompano Beach 8:58.83; 110 hurdles: 1. Walter Tucker (AH) 14.20, 2. Collier (PB) 16.05, 3. Francois (PB) 16.28, 4. Gittelman (PC) 17.46; 100: 1. Malik Whiters (CSCh) 11.11, 2. Black (PB) 11.38, 3. Haynes (Cham) 11.48,4. Cardona (CSCh) 11.50; 1,600: 1. Jonathan Klumpp (NBP) 4:41.40, 2. Nelson (US) 4:45.80, 3. Hollander (CSCh) 4:48.40, 4. Hernandez (PC) 4:52.60; 400: 1. Khari Herbert (AH) 48.41, 2. Gibson (AH) 49.01 3. Wilson (US) 51.59, 4. McFadden (AH) 51.62; 400 relay:1. American Heritage 43.54, 2. Chaminade 43.94, 3. Coral Springs Charter 44.06, 4. Pompano Beach 44.85; 300 hurdles: 1. Walter Tucker (AH) 38.91, 2. Francois (PB) 42.63, 3. Samuel (PC) 43.78, 4. Collier (PB) 44.25; 800: 1. John Decker (PC) 2:01.60, 2. Herbert (AH) 2:04.29, 3. Gershman (PC) 2:06.30, 4. Hollander (CSCh) 2:06.84; 200: 1. Jerimy Strainge (AH) 21.23, 2. Baker (Cham) 22.33, 3. Whiters (CSCh) 22.92, 4. McKenzie (AH) 22.99; 3,200: 1. Jonathan Klumpp (NBP) 10:10.66, 2. Nelson (PC) 10:25.27, 3. Solis (AH) 10:32.12, 4. Welch (PC) 10:41.01; High jump: 1. Malik Whiters (CSCh) 5-10, 2. Arce (Som) 5-8, 3. Meli (PC) 5-6, 4. Cline (PC) 5-6; 1,600 relay: 1. American Heritage 3:29.15, 2. Pine Crest 3:33.92, 3. Coral Springs Charter 3:36.97, 4. Pompano Beach 3:43.50; Long jump: 1. Paul Elliot (PB) 20-8.75, 2. Black (PB) 20-8, 3. Brown (Cham) 20-7, 4. McFadden (AH) 19-10; Triple jump: 1. Gino Brown (Cham) 43-6, 2. Francois (PB) 41-3.25, 3. McFadden (AH) 40-9.25, 4. Jones (CSCh) 39-10.50; Shot put: 1. Marcson Frais (PB) 44-1.25, 2. Aguilar (AH) 43-11, 3. Dawson (PC) 43-9, 4. Parks (AH) 43-4.25; Pole vault: 1. Matt Hernandez (PC) 13-6, 2. Wright (PC)12-6, 3. Logue (PC) 12-0, 4. Fix (CSCh) 9-9; Discus: 1. Walter Tucker (AH) 155-0, 2. Parks (AH) 126-2, 3. Dawson (PC) 124-6, 4. Pearl (PC) 115.

MORE TRACK & FIELD

•  Late Wednesday – District 16-2A: The Ransom Everglades girls and Gulliver boys’ teams swept the championships at Coral Shores High in Tavernier.

Brandy Smith led Ransom by sweeping the discus and shot put events. Nati Sheppard came up with two big wins in the pole vault and 400 meters. Gulliver was led by Joseph Jackson, who swept the shot put and discus and Antonio Sotolongo, who won the 100 meters and the long jump.

Girls’ team scores: 1. Ransom Everglades 281; 2. Gulliver 137; 3. Key West 110; 4. Carrollton 48; 5. St. Brendan 44; 6. Coral Shores 30.

Boys’ team scores: 1. Gulliver 203; 2. Key West 136; 3. Ransom Everglades 104; 4. Coral Shores 82; 5. Archbishop Carroll 34; 6. St. Brendan 13.

Girls’ individual qualifiers – High jump: Hurst, Meca (KW) 4-08; Gutierrez, Annie (RE 4-08; Brester, Kennedy (KW) 4-08; Williams, Taylor (KW) 4-08; Pole vault: Sheppard, Nati (RE) 9-06; Dietrich, Racheal (KW) 9-0; Anderson, Alina (GUL) 9-0; Johansson, Paulina (RE) 9-0; Long jump: Ableman, Charlotte (GUL) 15-06; Marron, Kaitlin (RE) 15-02; Brook, Stephanie (RE) 15-01; Herlth, Kyia (CS) 14-10; Triple jump: Lopez, Adriana (RE) 31-10.5; Muller, Melanie (GUL) 31-03.5; Pottinger, Briana (RE) 30-04; Marron, Kaitlin (RE) 30-02.5; Discus: Smith, Brandy (RE) 114-04; Ajabe, Debbie (RE) 108-03; Alvarado, Alexandra (STB) 81-10; Gonzalez, Michell (KW) 78-0; Shot put: Smith, Brandy (RE) 36-04; Ajabe, Debbie (RE) 35-03; Hallman, Tiana (RE) 26-02.5; Gonzalez, Michell (KW) 24-08.50; 3,200 relay: Ransom 10:07.68; Gulliver 10:24.04; Carrolton 10:44.92; Key West 10:52.19; 100 hurdles: Dunn, Iris (CS) 16.44; Perez, Aliza (RE) 16.53; Brook, Stephanie (RE) 18.10; Meland, Hallie (RE) 18.18; 100: Muller, Melanie (GUL) 13.34; Moore, Alexandria (KW) 13.43; Rolle, Caitlin (RE) 13.61; Hurst, Meca (KW) 13.74; 1600: Fernandez, Sofia (STB) 5:37.26; Ruan, Beatriz (RE) 5:38.80; Miguez, Sophia (CAR) 5:44.52; Scott, Erica (RE) 5:46.62; 400 relay: Ransom Everglades 50.78; Key West 52.70; Gulliver 54.51; Carrollton 56.47; 400: Sheppard, Nati (RE) 1:01.40; Hernandez, Kai Lin (GUL) 1:03.73; Zichy Thyssen, Ines (GUL) 1:05.57; Martinez, Nicole (GUL) 1:05.87; 300 hurdles: Perez, Aliza (RE) 47.65; Crotty, Cassie (RE) 48.58; Gutierrez, Annie (RE) 52.62; Cosio, Sofia (CAR) 52.97; 800: Archer, Lauren (RE) 2:23.13; Folston, Jatana (RE) 2:27.46; Fantis, Kaylee (GUL) 2:31.63; Pryor, Caroline (RE) 2:31.65; 200: Muller, Melanie (GUL) 27.42; Moore, Alexandria (KW) 28.12; Rolle, Caitlin (RE) 28.21; Woods, India (KW) 28.76; 3200: Ruan, Beatriz (RE) 12:29.36; Smith, Kat (RE) 12:50.13; Fernandez, Sofia (STB) 13:02.73; Pujals, Alyssa (GUL) 13:08.47; 1,600 relay: Ransom 4:10.62; Gulliver 4:23.79; Key West 4:37.64; St. Brendan 4:39.43.

Boys’ individual qualifiers – High jump: Brimah, Amida (AC) 5-10; Anderson, Alberto (CS) 5-08; Rivera Mendoza, Miguel (KW) 5-06; Alongi, Shayne (KW) 5-06; Pole vault: Vinson, Eric (KW) 12-0; Laam, Luis (GUL) 11-0; Lorie, John Paul (GUL) 10-06; Delgado, Bradley (GUL) 9-06; Long jump: Sotolongo, Antonio (GUL) 20-06; Clark, Leroy (AC) 20-02; Scott, Demond (CS) 19-05; Sheppard, Dominic (GUL) 17-07; Triple jump: Sheppard, Dominic (GUL) 39-06; Discus: Jackson, Joseph (GUL) 145-07; Gruba, Jack (KW) 141-0; Ismer, William (CS) 136-08; Johnson, Thomas (CS) 114-09; Shot put: Jackson, Joseph (GUL) 42-01; Gruba, Jack (KW) 41-0; Sheppard, Dominic (GUL) 38-07.5; Ismer, William (CS) 37-07.5; 3,200 relay: Gulliver 8:58.59; Key West 9:04.33; Coral Shores 9:34.58; Ransom 9:53.75; 110 hurdles: Tafur, Alex (RE) 16.52; Lopez, Norman (KW) 16.60; Perez, Manny (GUL) 18.89; Sampedro, Leonardo (STB) 19.60; 100: Sotolongo, Antonio (GUL) 11.98; Cubina, Alfredo (RE) 12.14; Shuman, Brandon (GUL) 12.65; Scott, Demond (CS) 12.74; 1600: Correa, Gaby (RE) 4:47.97; Bergengruen, Jan (RE) 4:48.03; Wagner, Everrett (KW) 4:52.53; Hernandez, Alex (GUL) 4:54.24; 400 relay: Gulliver 44.64; Key West 47.65; Coral Shores 48.06; Ransom 48.70; 400: Cooper, Markeith (GUL) 52.92; Cobb, Fred (RE) 53.65; Cisneros, Lief (KW) 55.41; Sampedro, Leonardo (STB) 56.73; 300 hurdles: Lopez, Norman (KW) 41.27; Schnebly, Kody (GUL) 45.49; Cubina, Alfredo (RE) 47.10; Perez, Manny (GUL) 49.81; 800: Smith, D’Andre (AC) 1:59.10; Bergengruen, Jan (RE) 2:03.46; Leon, Mike (AC) 2:09.24; Alongi, Shayne (KW) 2:10.12; 200: Moore, Quanzell (KW) 23.87; Cooper, Markeith (GUL) 24.25; Sotolongo, Antonio (GUL) 24.27; Mullins, Dionte (GUL) 24.70; 3200: Correa, Gaby (RE) 10:29.11; Guest, Connor (RE) 10:35.81; Wagner, Everrett (KW) 10:40.53; Friedman, Adam (RE) 10:41.58; 1,600 relay: Key West 3:43.95; Gulliver 3:47.96; Coral Shores 3:49.95; Ransom Everglades 3:54.58.

•  Girls — Calvary Christian 124, Westminster Academy 91, Upperroom Christian 34, Sagemont 2: Alia Hammer (CC) won high jump. Amanda Gale (CC) won pole vault. Adanaca Brown (UC) won long jump, 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles. Rachel Sieradzan (CC) won triple jump, 400m, 800m. Isabella Luke (WA) won discus. Taylor McDuffie (CC) won shot put. Calvary Christian won 3200 relay. Jimlyn Laurent (WA) won 100m, 200m. Amanda Baker (WA) won 1600m. Calvary Christian won 400 relay. Ebony Brown (CC) won 200m. Boys — Westminster Academy 126, Calvary Christian 114, Upperroom Christian 14, Sagemont 2: Ryan Rickel (WA) won high jump, 110 hurdles. Andrew Reising (WA) won pole vault. Jordan Cabral (CC) won long jump, triple jump, 100m. Hozie Hankerson (WA) won discus. Jerome Grey (WA) won shot put. Westminster Academy won 3200 relay. Roger Pettingell (CC) won 200m. Brandon Bejarano (WA) won 1600m, 800m. Calvary Christian won 400 relay. Andrew James (WA) won 400m. Josiah Swinton (CC) won 300 hurdles.

•  Late Wednesday — Girls - K. Ellis (STA) won 100m, 200m. A. Lewis (STA) won 400m. M. Rodriguez (CG) won 800m. M. Schloss (STA) won 1600m. N. Clark (CG) won 3200m. T. Levy (STA) won 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles. S. McAllister (STA) won pole vault. A. Perry (CG) won high jump. A. Wilson (CG) won long jump. N. Smith (STA) won triple jump. Atkins (STA) won shot put. T. Russell (STA) won discus. St. Thomas Aquinas won 3200 relay. Boys - D. Douglas (STA) won 100m. D. Collier (STA) won 200m. R. Tatham (STA) won 400m. Y. Haynes (STA) won 800m. A. Cruz (STA) won 1600m. A. Hugan (STA) won 3200m. J. Washington (STA) won 110 hurdles. I. DoDo (STA) won 300 hurdles. M. Ryan (STA) won pole vault 15’0” (broward season high). S. Duvivier (CG) and R. Tatham (STA) won high jump. R. Tatham (STA) won long jump. N. Grillo (STA) won triple jump. Williams (STA) won shot put. D. McMillan (STA) won discus. Cardinal Gibbons won 3200 relay. St. Thomas Aquinas won 400 relay.

BASEBALL

MIAMI BEACH 3, MATER EAST 1

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WP: Jonathan Gonzalez CG 9K. Top performers: Yovani Sosa 2-3, double, run. Trent Bryan 1-3, run

LATE WEDNESDAY — HOLLYWOOD HILLS 13, NORTHEAST 1 (5)

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WP: Gene Starvish (5-3) 3K, 3IP. LP: Abrailis Jimenez. Top performers: D’Andre Diaz 3-3, double, RBI. Anthony Devlin 2-3, 2 runs, RBI. Vince Duarte 2-3. HH 9-10

SOFTBALL

WEST BROWARD 9, FLANAGAN 0

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WP: Divis (8-3). LP: J Degan. Top performer: Laiacona 3-4, RBI. WB 11-6

UNIVERSITY SCHOOL 18, SOMERSET 0 (3)

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WP: Flores (12-5). LP: Santos. Top performers: Goldstein 2-2, 2 RBI. B.Osceola 2-2, 2 RBI. US 12-5

BOYS’ VOLLEYBALL

•  Archbishop McCarthy d. Somerset 25-11, 25-8, 25-12: Alec Rodriguez 9 service points, ace, 7 digs. Brandon Duren 9 kills. Luis Vazquez 13 service points, 9 digs. AM 13-6

•  Cardinal Gibbons d. Western 25-14, 25-8, 22-25, 25-16: Dylan Hall 23 kills, 9 digs, 8 service points, 3 aces, 4 blocks. Brandon Veliky 9 assists, 17 kills, 12 digs, 8 service points, 3 aces, 3 blocks. CG 15-1

•  Pine Crest d. Plantation 25-16, 25-17, 25-11: Veerain Gupta 6 kills, 2 digs, 2 blocks

GIRLS’ WATER POLO

•  Westminster Academy 28, Hollywood Hills 3: Caroline Israels 4 goals. Kaitlyn McCullough 3 goals. Brittany Spencer 3 goals. WA record: 17-1

•  Westminster Academy 30, Cypress Bay 5: Koral LaStella 4 goals. Victoria Bevill 3 goals. Sydney Villalba goal. WA 18-1

BOYS’ WATER POLO

Cooper City 10, Western 7: Sam Culver 16 saves. Connor Geair 3 goals. CC 11-7

•  Westminster Academy 21, Hollywood Hills 2: Will Scasserra 3 goals. Javi Delgado 2 goals.

•  Cypress Bay 15, Westminster Academy 4: Bryce Briggs goal. Gabriel Indriago goal. Micah Smith goal

FLAG FOOTBALL

•  Hallandale 19, Cooper City 6: Michelle Wright 2 receiving TD, 2 INT. Juanita Williams 2 passing TD, rushing TD. Ashley Cromartie 2 INT. HAL 5-1

•  North Broward 7, Douglas 0: Amanda Graboski 1yd TD run, XPT(1) pass, 53 yds rushing. Adrianna Dubay 1 XPT(1) reception, 5 flag pulls, INT.

FRIDAY’S SCHEDULE

BASEBALL

Douglas vs. Coral Glades ( CGLA), 6:30

Coconut Creek vs. Cypress Bay (Home), 6:30

Coral Springs vs. Deerfield Beach (Home), 6:30

Stranahan vs. Dillard (DIL), 6:30

McArthur vs. Fort Lauderdale (Home), 6:30

Pompano Beach vs. Pembroke Pines Charter (Pemb. Lks Opt.), 6:30

South Plantation vs. Plantation (PLA), 6:30

Coral Springs Charter vs. West Broward (WB), 3:45

SOFTBALL

West Broward vs. Taravella (TAR), 6:30

Cardinal Gibbons vs. Northeast (NE), 6:30

Delray American Heritage vs. American Heritage (AHP), 7

TRACK AND FIELD

District 14-1A at Westminster Academy: 1

BOYS’ VOLLEYBALL

Cypress Bay vs. American Heritage (AHP), 4:30

Cardinal Gibbons vs. Miami Palmetto (PAL), 7:15

Deerfield Beach vs. Coral Glades (CGL), 4:30

Coral Springs vs. Douglas (Home), 4:30

Flanagan vs. Chaminade-Madonna (CHA), 4:30

Pembroke Pines Charter vs. Hollywood Hills (Home), 4:30

Miramar vs. McArthur (MCA), 4:30

Taravella vs. Monarch (MON), 4:30

Cardinal Gibbons vs. Northeast (Home), 6

St. Thomas Aquinas vs. Plantation (PLA), 4:30

Archbishop McCarthy vs. West Broward (WB), 4:30

South Plantation vs. Western (WES), 4:30

FLAG FOOTBALL

Cypress Bay vs. Archbishop McCarthy (AMC), 4:30

Blanche Ely vs. Deerfield Beach (DB), 4:30

Douglas vs. Coral Springs Charter (CSC), 4:30

Coral Springs vs. Monarch (MON), 4:30

Stranahan vs. Northeast (NE), 4:30

West Broward vs. Western (WES), 4:30

BOYS’ LACROSSE

Belen Jesuit vs. American Heritage (AHP), 7

Cardinal Gibbons vs. University School (US), 4

St. Thomas Aquinas vs. Benjamin (BEN), 5

Coral Shores vs. South Plantation (SP), 5

Cypress Bay vs. Gulliver Prep (GUL), 5

GIRLS’ LACROSSE

St. Thomas Aquinas vs. Vero Beach (VB), 5

Coral Shores vs. South Plantation (SP), 5

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