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Top 10 Girls Teams

1 St. Thomas Aquinas

2 Northeast

3 Hallandale

4 Blanche Ely

5 Pine Crest

6 Calvary Christian

7 Flanagan

8 Dillard

9 Cardinal Gibbons

10 Coconut Creek

Top 10 Boys Teams

1 St. Thomas Aquinas

2 American Heritage

3 Hallandale

4 Northeast

5 Westminster Academy

6 Blanche Ely

7 Pine Crest

8 South Broward

9 Fort Lauderdale

10 Boyd Anderson

KEY DATES

Feb. 21-22: Louie Bing Classic, Miami Northwestern; Feb. 28-March 1: Sam Burley Hall of Fame Invitational, Miami; March 1: Archbishop McCarthy Big Blue Invitational; March 8: Dade Christian Crusader Invitational, Ferguson Falcons Invitational; March 8: Hallandale Invitational; March 15: Bob Hayes Invitational (Jacksonville), Disney Track & Field Showcase (Disney Sports Complex, Kissimmee); March 21-22: FSU Relays; March 21-22: Walt Disney World Track & Field Open (Disney Sports Complex, Kissimmee); March 22: BCAA Championships, Dillard; March 22: Westminster Academy Invitational, Westminster Academy Sports Complex, Lauderdale Lakes); March 25: Cardinal Gibbons Open; April 1: Fort Lauderdale City Championships, April 3-5: Pepsi Florida Relays (University of Florida); April 4: Dade Christian Last Chance Invitational; April 9-April 19: District Championships: April 17-24: Region Championships; May 2-3: FHSAA State Finals, University of North Florida, Jacksonville.

ATHLETES TO WATCH

BOYS

American Heritage: Torrance Gibson, Sony Michel.

Blanche Ely: Steven Nesbitt, Markevious Roach, Marcus James, Rodrick Thomas, Thomas Geddis.

Boyd Anderson: Phillip Lee, Javon Patteron, Shevon Phipps, Jamar Powell, Jose Simpre, Derrick Tindal.

Calvary Christian: Joel Lacy, Asher Shashaty, Pasha Guilbert, Nahel Abugattas, Jordan Cabral, Roger Pettingell.

Cardinal Gibbons: Josh Charles, Tyler Horn, Connor Pine, Demetrius Amerson;

Chaminade: Gino Brown.

Coconut Creek: Allan Blair, Melquan Duncan, Malek Young, Christomy Christalin.

Coral Glades: Anthony Deleva.

Coral Springs: Kaleb Phillips, Christian Yang, Guy Lamarre-Laurent, Tyrone Berry.

Dillard: Brandon Mosley, Ritchy Zephyr, David Ware, Eddie Roberts.

Douglas: Orville Reynolds, Ellis Coe.

Everglades: Brian Allen, Brandon Briggs, Isaiah Booker, Reginald Hol.

Flanagan: George Louisaint, Christopher Keel.

Fort Lauderdale: Landmark Campbell, Prince Logan, Brian Pierre, James Gardner.

Hallandale: John Battle IV, Dillon Dillard, Joshua Hammond, Kriston Johnson, Antwuan Musgrove, Joshua Robinson.

Miramar: Clyde Williams, Jabari Hill.

North Broward Prep: Jack Klumpp.

Northeast: Deron Gordon, Darwin Colebrook.

Pine Crest: Derek Logue, John Decker, Dillon Biddiscombe, Troy Gonzalez, Nikolas Punchard; St. Thomas Aquinas: Manny Velasquez, Antony Cruz, Rasheed Tatham, Ryan Crozier, Matthew Butler, Alexander Haugen.

Pines Charter: Carlos Penaranda, Andrew Iglesias, Daniel Penaranda.

South Florida HEAT: Sean Nelson, David Rivera, Renfield Cudal, Arren Cudal.

South Plantation: Joseph Laguna, Sergeneno Rankin.

Piper: Andre Ewers, Malik Burrell, Travis Libyrd.

West Broward: Isaiah Taylor, Erik Sikler, Brian Torgbede, Marcos Gonzalez.

Westminster Academy: Andrew James, Brandon Bejarano, Andrew Reising, Hozie Hankerson, Casey McCracken.

GIRLS

American Heritage: Deja Parrish, Arianna Deshpande, Phoebe Gustely, Jody Julmice, Emily Lombardi, Morgan Mullings.

Archbishop McCarthy: Madison Towris.

Boyd Anderson: Marie Pierre, Chyna-Loi Staton, Jamilla White, Tamira.

Coral Springs Christian: Julia Lindbergh, Alia Hammer.

Calvary Christian: Rachel Sieradzan, Jessica Brownell.

Cardinal Gibbons: Abagail Perry, Adreina Martinez, Ali Jacobs, Alex Bautista,

Coral Springs: Samantha Brown, Kassandra Defran, Roxanne Fine. Cherokee Henry.

Cypress Bay: Lexi Di-emmanuele, Katherine MacNeal.

Dillard: Lanese Davis, Jasmine Nicolas, Asjah Wallace; Asya Mills.

Douglas: Caroline Atyeo, Gillian Morrison, Brooke Arnold, Kelsey Hicks.

Fort Lauderdale: Clare Jacques, Mardel Figuerora, Chelda Joseph, Cote Miraglia, Renata Simeon.

Everglades: Monique Masterson, Briana Pollock, Mary-Dora Akamune, Deana Brown.

Hallandale: Edquisha Alvin, Tierra Lacey, Rebecca Matire, Kiara Rolle, Lamisha Simmons, Jyrra Thompson, Erica Tyler.

Monarch: Phoebe Gustely Williams.

North Broward Prep: Katie Pinnell.

Northeast: Daeshon Gordon, Camora Sanders, Marissa Oglesby, Sapphire Daniel, Khalifa Dorsey, Chadline Forestal, Symone Lindsay.

Nova: Aisha Nelson, Nai’Quis Stephens.

Pine Crest: Taylor Logue, Julia Montgomery, Katherine Jovanovic, Ashby Bland, Nylah Hamilton, Nyla Lindo, Tsion Yared.

Pompano Beach: Tyra Frazier, Alexis Kerr.

South Florida HEAT: Becca Christie, Kristi Isabelle, Jenna Evans, Abigail Serda, Ally Pond.

South Plantation: Alyssa Young.

St. Thomas Aquinas: Kendall Ellis, Brianna Thaler, Shanell Atkins, Diamond Spaulding, Khalifa St. Fort, Christina Kalis, Alexa Cruz.

West Broward: Elena Menendez, Annelyse Juin, Samantha Lopez, Mary Collier.

Westminster Academy: Keeley Casey, Isabelle Luke, Victoria Hoppe, Jimlyn Lauren.


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Northeast All-American hurdler Daeshon Gordon beat her twin brother Deron Gordon into this world by two minutes and hasn’t been caught by her “little” brother yet.

After five years of being known more as the brother of his two-time defending state champion hurdler sister than his own hurdling exploits, Deron is poised to finally step out of Daeshon’s shadow.

“I have enjoyed watching Daeshon run,” Deron Gordon said. “When everybody else said, ‘what about you?,’ I said don’t worry about me. Well I knew eventually I would have to go out and do something for myself. I believe this season is my time. Everybody will see. We will be the dynamic Gordon duo.”

The storybook ending for the close-knit Gordon twins, who have been each other’s biggest supporters and near inseparable since birth, would be a joint state title celebration atop the podium at the University of North Florida in May.

Deron and Daeshon, a LSU signee, enter the season with the state’s top returning times in the 300 hurdles.

Deron Gordon clocked a personal-best 37.54 at the Region 3-4A championships last season, while Daeshon followed up her repeat state title in the 300 hurdles by clocking her own personal-best 42.15 to finish second at the Great Southwest Classic in New Mexico.

While Deron has become an academic All-American — maintaining a 4.0 GPA in AP calculus and AP physics in preparation for a post-running career in architectural design — Daeshon has evolved into arguably the nation’s top long hurdler.

Daeshon credits her success on the track to the emotional support she draws from Deron.

The twins claim to read each other’s minds at times and sense what each other is going to say. That unique bond is evident at track meets when Daeshon and Deron remain close to each other until they are called to their own races.

“Deron is my only brother so nothing can happen to him,” said Daeshon, one of Deron’s seven sisters. “I draw inspiration from the wise words he says to me. When it’s time for me to tell him something he hears me, too.

“We have each other’s backs all the time. I have cherished 18 years with him. Sometimes I get a little tired of him but when we come back on the track it reminds me why are always together.”

The twins said the longest time they spent apart was the week Daeshon left to compete at the Jamaica National Junior Championships last summer.

It was during that tournament in Jamaica where Daeshon — one of only two Florida girls to break 43 seconds in the 300 hurdles last season — started to draw a huge buzz in the IAAF Junior World track circles.

In only her third time running the 400 hurdles, Gordon set a personal-best 58.92, then the No. 3 IAAF World Youth junior time, to win the event and also finished fourth in the 100 hurdles (13.70) to qualify for the IAAF World Youth Championships in Ukraine.

That performance vaulted Daeshon atop the recruiting boards for some of the top NCAA programs. She eventually signed with national and Southeastern Conference power LSU.

Northeast coach Marshall Trace said the transfer of Deron and Daeshon from Boyd Anderson last summer gives the Hurricanes two top contenders.

Pairing Deron with holdover Darwin Colebrook should give the Hurricanes’ boys a formidable one-two punch in the sprints while the addition of Daeshon could launch the Hurricanes’ girls program to a top five finish at the state tournament.

“To be able to bring in Deron and Daeshon, who have that state experience and work ethic is huge,” Trace said. “It shows our kids who have been here for a few years the results you get from hard work. When our kids see it from their peers, it makes all the difference in the world.”

While Deron has shown flashes of brilliance — including a career-best and U.S. No. 11 time of 7.56 to finish second in the 55 meters hurdles at the Jimmy Carnes Indoor Invitational in January — he awaits that one signature victory in an elite meet which could open the door for college offers. Last season a hamstring injury at the Region 3-4A championships spoiled his bid for state gold.

Deron pulled up in the 110 hurdles and then was nipped at the line in the 300 hurdles for the fourth and final state qualifying spot.

Daeshon and Deron acknowledge this is mostly likely their last season together as teammates. While Daeshon is looking for her first state sweep in the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles and possibly set a state record in the latter, the ride out in the sunset together with her “baby” bro would be that much sweeter if he is holding his own state gold medals.

“My success story is the million dollar story,” Daeshon said. “Especially because I got this one, Deron, next to me. It adds to my motivation. I’m going to miss his presence. Him always being there. Wherever I went, he went.”

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