In an Adidas Grand Prix High School Girls Dream 100 that left little margin for error, Kali Davis-White’s slight misstep coming out of the blocks doomed her bid to keep the prestigious title at Boyd Anderson High School.
Davis-White staged a dramatic rally from fifth-place under wet, cold and windy conditions at Icahn Stadium in New York but ultimately couldn’t overcome her start and finished third in 11.59.
A third-place finisher last year, Davis-White was attempting to follow former teammate Shayla Sanders as a Dream 100 champion.
“When the starting official said “on your marks” it was cold and really wet and my back leg was slipping, “ Davis-White said. “I started rocking back when he popped the gun. My 30 through 100 I closed and ate up everybody in front of me but I wasn’t able to get second or first place.”
Chandler (AZ) star junior Ky Westbrook, Davis-White’s nemesis this season, outleaned Colorado Valor Christian’s MaryBeth Sant for the victory in 11.52. Sant finished in 11.55.
Davis-White, who was named the Miami Herald’s Broward Class 8A-6A Girls' Athlete of the Year on Friday, came in with a U.S. # 4 (11.51) set at the Arcadia Invitational on April 6.
An injury to St. Thomas Aquinas’ star sprinter Krystal Sparling at the Golden South Invitational last Saturday left the newly minted state champion Raiders to enlist Lake Highland’s Deanna Hill to run the pivotal first leg on its 4x400 team.
Sparling helped the Raiders clock a U.S. No. 1 3:40.74 on April 5 but the quartet of Kendall Ellis, Alon Lewis, Toria Levy and Hill had to settle for third place in 3:47.54.
Ellis got the baton in fourth place, and showing the mettle that made her a three-time 400-meter state champion, rallied the Raiders to third place behind a 1-2 finish by perennial Jamaican track powers Vere Tech (3:42.46) and St. Jago (3:45.31).
“It was really sad not having Krystal,’’ Ellis said. “She is a really good first leg. We knew we were coming in with alot of competition and we had to put our best foot forward. The girls ran really well but the first leg on the Jamaican team just took of