Broward Track and Field | Class 4a state championship

Davis-White shines but Raiders prevail

 

Kali Davis-White set a state record in the 200 meters, but St. Thomas Aquinas came away with the state title.

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Boyd Anderson’s Kali Davis-White overcame a rain-soaked track surface at Hodges Stadium on Saturday to earn her place among the greatest sprinters in state history.

The prize of a highly touted FSU recruiting class separated from a loaded 200-meter field on the curve and powered down the straightaway to clock a state-record and nation-leading time of 23.05 seconds at the Class 4A state finals.

As brilliant as Davis-White performed, it wasn’t enough to keep St. Thomas Aquinas from halting the Cobras’ one-year state title reign.

Led by Kendall Ellis, who won her third consecutive 400-meter state title and led the Raiders’ 1,600 relay team to victory, the Raiders broke a state title drought that extended to 2005 and moved into second all-time with nine state titles.

“I am definitely excited for the girls,” said Raiders’ coach Alex Armenteros, who won his fifth consecutive state title. “It’s been a long time coming. Under these conditions there were a lot of areas they could have messed up but they did a great job embracing the weather and doing an incredible job.”

Aquinas, who also got victories from freshman Shanell Atkins in the shot put (42-11.50), its 3,200 relay and runner-up finishes by Krystal Sparling in the 100 and 200, is set up for another extended state reign with a roster stocked with nationally-ranked underclassmen.

“I’m so proud of my team,” Ellis said. “So much work went into practice. We knew what we wanted to come out and accomplish. We knew what we had to get done today.”

Davis-White’s new time eclipsed the 23.36 set by Erica Whipple in 2001 and ranks No. 3 on the World Juniors list and No. 25 in the world overall.

“Oh my gosh, I am so happy right now,” Davis-White said. “The key was my curve. I don’t even know if I ran it right. Don’t know. All I know is I ran 23.05. I don’t even know how to act right now.”

Davis-White’s historic run highlighted a tour-de-force in the sprints, which included a victory in the 100 and leading the Cobras to a successful defense of their 400-meter relay title.

Inclement weather and a looming thunderstorms resulted in meet officials moving the state finals to a timed finals format.

Without having to run three preliminaries, Davis-White had more than enough fuel left in the tank after winning the 100 in 11.70 seconds and leading the Cobras’ 400-meter relay team with Daeshon Gordon, Jamilla White and Comfort Gebor to a successful title defense in 46.66.

On the boys’ side, Aquinas’ bid to extend a record-setting streak to six consecutive state titles ended with a third-place finish behind Olympia and Colonial.

Boyd Anderson’s Daeshon Gordon wasn’t able to defend her 100 hurdles title — finishing second — but returned to win the 300 hurdles in a career-best 42.16 (U.S. No. 6).

Meanwhile, South Broward’s Kahlil Henderson made good on sprint guru Washington Dix’s prediction Henderson would win states by striking gold in 21.20.

Henderson got a lightning quick start out of the blocks and pulled away with 40 meters left to win comfortably.

“I worked hard for this and I did everything I was supposed to do,” Henderson said. “I saw myself coming to get everybody on the curve. I just took advantage of it and ran my race. First I want to thank God and coach Dix for helping me get my fast start in practice.”

South Plantation’s John Franklin returned from a hamstring injury that curtailed his training to finish second in the 100 (10.82) and led the Paladins’ 400-meter relay to victory.

Smooth stick exchanges from Taj Thomas, Rodick and Alex Collins, gave the Paladins a slight lead rounding the final curve and Franklin brought the Paladins home in 41.98.

“This is our first year putting this team together and to come and take it all the way to states is a dream come true for us,” Franklin said. “It is a good way to go out as seniors for me and Alex.”

Girls’ team results (top 5 plus all Dade/Broward): 1. St. Thomas Aquinas 92, 2. Boyd Anderson 82, 3. Killian 42, 4. South Dade 33, 5. Southridge 31, 10. Lourdes 21, 12. Ferguson 19, 15. Nova 17, 20. Cypress Bay 8, 24. American 6, 24. South Plantation 6, 28. Southwest 5, 32. Douglas 4, 32. Flanagan 4, 41. Coral Reef 2.

Boys’ team results (top 5 plus all Dade/Broward): 1. Olympia 49, 2. St. Thomas Aquinas 42, 3. Colonial 38, 4. Park Vista, 5. Manatee 28, 7. Coral Park 25, 8. South Plantation 23, 10. Columbus 20, 13. Boyd Anderson 17, 13. Sunset 17, 16. American 16, 17. Miramar 15, 19. Douglas 14, 20. South Broward 13, 24. Southridge 11, 27. Coral Reef 10, 32. Killian 6, 36. Coral Springs 5, 40. Flanagan 4, 51. Coral Glades 1, 51. Northeast 1, 56. Ferguson 0.50.

Girls’ individual results (winners plus top 8 Dade/Broward) — High jump: 1. Faith Woodard (Freedom) 5-6, 2. Barbra Vilson (SD) 5-4, 3. Alyssa Young (SP) 5-2, 4. Aisha Nelson (Nova) 5-2, 5. Gillian Morrison (DOU) 5-0, 7. Taylor Dames (CR) 5-0; Pole vault: 1. Erica Sergeant (Lake Mary) 11-6, 7. Brianna Thaler (STA) 10-6; Long jump: 1. Ebony Morrison (KIL) 19-4.5, 3. Dominique Bullock (KIL) 18-1.25; Triple jump: 1. Quatasia Fantroy (Alonso) 38-9.75, 3. DiShondria McCoo (SR) 37-0.5, 4. Barbra Vilson (SD) 36-10.5, 6. Kaylene Jones (BA) 36-7.5, 7. Meghan Holmes (Nova) 36-6.5; Discus throw: 1. Kehtura Merrick (Riverview) 120-7, 2. Camora Sanders (BA) 119-8, 3. Sydney Molina (FER) 113-0, 4. Abigail Hazel (SW) 112-8, 5. Nai’Quisa Stephens (Nova) 111-7, 8. Epiphany Thompson (SR) 108-3; Shot put: 1. Shanell Atkins (STA) 42-11.5, 3. Joan Joseph (SD) 37-9, 4. Epiphany Thompson (SR) 37-6.75, 5. Camora Sanders (BA) 37-5, 7. Dominique Edwards (FLA) 35-8; 3200 relay: 1. STA 9:25.41, 2. FER 9:31.78, 6. BA 9:43.22, 8. SD 9:48.46; 100 hurdles: 1. Ebony Morrison (KIL) 13.82, 2. Daeshon Gordon (BA) 13.99, 4. Toria Levy (STA) 14.57, 5. Nastolgia Smith (STA) 14.78, 6. Reanna Payne (KIL) 14.99, 8. Marissa Oglesby (BA) 15.10; 100: 1. Kali Davis-White (BA) 11.70, 2. Krystal Sparling (STA) 11.86, 3. J’Nea Bellamy (SR) 11.87, 4. Khalifa St. Fort (STA) 12.20, 5. Comfort Gebor (BA) 12.25, 7. Dominique Bullock (KIL) 12.30, 8. Lenysse Dyer (AM) 12.49; 1600: 1. Bridge Blake (Dr. Phillips) 5:00.51, 2. Katherine MacNeal (CB) 5:05.32, 3. Corina Velazco (LOU) 5:06.60, 5. Lourdes Brea (LOU) 5:11.75, 6. Christina Kalis (STA) 5;14.77; 400 relay: 1. BA 46.66, 2. SR 48.14, 3. STA 48.27, 4. AM 48.55; 400: 1. Kendall Ellis (STA) 54.96, 3. Aiyanna Stiverne (Nova) 55.58, 4. Tieasha Collier (SD) 57.04, 7. Barbra Vilson (SD) 57.46, 8. Dominique Bullock (KIL) 57.49; 300 hurdles: 1. Daeshon Gordon (BA) 42.16, 6. Brianna Payne (KIL) 45.56, 7. Marissa Oglesby (BA) 46.03, 8. Jellicea DaCosta (BA) 46.10; 800: 1. Michelle Howell (Seminole Ridge) 2:10.12, 5. Rachel Licea (FER) 2:19.17; 200: 1. Kali Davis-White (BA) 23.05, 2. Krystal Sparling (STA) 23.81, 3. Ebony Morrison (KIL) 24.19, 4. J’Nea Bellamy (SR) 24.35, 5. Khalifa St. Fort (STA) 24.42, 6. Kendall Ellis (STA) 24.45, 8. Dominique Bullock (KIL) 24.89; 3200: 1. Bridget Blake (Dr. Phillips) 10:58.43, 3. Lourdes Brea (LOU) 11:04.34, 4. Corina Velazco (LOU) 11:12.64, 5. Alexa Cruz (STA) 11:13.34, 8. Katrina Santiago (FER) 11:36.01; 1600 relay: 1. STA 3:45.01, 2. BA 3:51.39, 3. SD 3:55.41, 7. FLA 4:00.37.

Boys’ individual results (winners plus top 8 Dade/Broward) — High jump: 1. Christian Williams (AM) 6-6, 3. Phillip Lee (BA) 6-0, 8. David Claro (FER) 5-10; Pole vault: 1. Clayton Washburn (Olympia) 14-6, 3. Matthew Ryan (STA) 13-6, 4. Matthew Ballard (STA) 13-6; Long jump: 1. Caleb Collins (Winter Park) 22-10, 6. Rasheed Tatham (STA) 21-1.75; Triple jump: 1. Davon Clark (CR) 46-9.5, 5. George Louisaint (FLA) 45-2.5, 6. Trevor Butts (DOU) 44-6.25; Discus throw: 1. Steven Delgado (CP) 160-6, 3. Angel Parra (MIR) 156-1, 4. Ryan Crozier (STA) 154-10, 6. Keon Knight (SP) 148-5, 8. Kevin Delgado (CP) 139-1; Shot put: 1. Derric Calloway (Manatee) 58-5, 2. Kevin Delgado (CP) 54-11.5, 7. Joseph Laguna (SP) 47-10.75, 8. Keyno Richardson (SR) 47-7.5; 3200 relay: 1. Bloomingdale 8:04.84, 3. STA 8:10.62, 5. BA 8:11.85; 110 hurdles: 1. Christopher Grinley (Park Vista) 13.93, 4. Trevor Butts (DOU) 14.60, 7. Jabari Hill (MIR) 14.87; 100: 1. Amir Rasul (COL) 10.81, 2. John Franklin (SP) 10.82; 1600: 1. Andres Arroyo (Colonial) 4:15.50, 3. Nick Diaz (SUN) 4:20.61, 4. Fabian Delgado (KIL) 4:22.07, 8. Anthony Deleva (CGL) 4:26.09; 400 relay: 1. SP 41.98, 5. STA 42.72, 6. SB 42.75; 400: 1. Reggie Glover (Dr. Phillips) 48.62, 3. Jabari Hill (MIR) 49.25, 6. Jevon Jackson (DOU) 49.78, 7. Ari Cogdell (AM) 49.89; 300 hurdles: 1. Christopher Grinley (Park Vista) 37.47, 2. Maurice Dix (STA) 38.39, 3. Chris Prophet (SR) 38.57, 4. Clifford Williams (CS) 38.92, 7. Jamal Dorvilier (SR) 39.91; 800: 1. Andres Arroyo (Colonial) 1:54.09, 2. Javon Patterson (BA) 1:56.65, 4. Yohance Haynes (STA) 1:58.53, 8. Fabian Delgado (KIL) 1:59.68; 200: 1. Kahlil Henderson (SB) 21.20, 2. Amir Rasul (COL) 21.44, 8. Darwin Colebrook (NE) 21.92; 3200: 1. Andres Arroyo (Colonial) 9:30.75, 2. Kenneth Castro (SUN) 9:34.90, 6. Nick Diaz (SUN) 9:44.33, 7. Danny Fernandez (COL) 9:46.01; 1600 relay: 1. Dr. Phillips 3:18.62, 5. AM 3:24.11, 6. DOU 3:25.42, 7. SR 3:26.70, 8. MIR 3:27.58.

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