A total of 19 meet records — 10 by boys, nine by girls — fell as Miami Northwestern won the girls’ team title and Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas won on the boys’ side at the eighth annual Sam Burley Invitational track meet on Saturday at Miami Southridge.
Northwestern, state champions the past five seasons, is looking to build off the win to eventually add a sixth. The Bulls, scoring 152 points, had Lloydricia Cameron win the shot put (44 feet 7 inches) and break a meet record in the discus throw (152-8) while also winning the 400-meter relay (46.89) and the 3,200-meter relay in a meet record time of 9:15.44.
“It’s a stepping-stone,” said Northwestern coach Carmen Jackson, who had her A-team at Southridge with a B-team placing as runner-up at the McCarthy Invitational. “We had a lot of mishaps at this meet, but it just tells us what we need to do, how we need to prepare kids.”
Jackson adds that this year’s team has more depth and can compete at a state level in more events than her previous five state title teams.
St. Thomas won the boys’ title with meet records in the 800-meter relay (1:28.10) and the 3,200-meter relay (7:56.70). The Raiders also had Adam Azan win the pole vault (12-6).
Aquinas is looking to return to state champion form after finishing as runner-up in the Class 4A state finals to Olympia last season.
On top of the boys’ win, the Aquinas girls placed second with Krystal Sparling winning the 100- and 200-meter dashes (11.66 and 23.73).
The Miami Booker T. Washington boys’ 400-meter relay team, comprised of four football players coming off the national championship — Terrawn McPhee, Deltron Hopkins, Krondis Larry and Nigel Bethel — broke its own meet record from last season, running it in 40.91 seconds Saturday.
The Tornadoes then parlayed their record time with another meet record in the 1,600-meter relay (3:14).
Oakland Park Northeast twin brother and sister Deron and Daeshon Gordon won the meet’s boys’ and girls’ MVP awards, respectively, by winning both their hurdle events. Daeshon set meet records in the 100- and 300-meter hurdles (13.87 and 41.45), and Deron’s time of 36.51 in the boys’ 300-meter hurdles tied a meet mark.
Two Miami-Dade County All-Star teams made amends from their poor showing against their Broward rivals a year ago.
In this year’s version of the U.S. Army/Fort Lauderdale Strikers Dade-Broward All-Star game, Miami Sunset’s Eddy Pinero connected on a free kick from 25 yards out in the 57th minute for a 1-0 Dade victory for the boys at Lockhart Stadium. Last year, Broward boys and girls teams won 5-0 and 4-0, respectively.
Goalkeepers Daniel DeDeu (Palmer Trinity) and Jake Deuel (Ransom Everglades) combined for the shutout as each played a half. Pinero was the Miami-Dade MVP; Douglas keeper Kyle Spear, who shut out the opponent in the first half, was the Broward MVP.
The girls’ match ended in a 2-2 deadlock with Broward taking the lead twice before Dade equalized both times. Pembroke Pines Charter’s Mya Goodman deflected in a Katie Valente (Taravella) drive from inside the 18-yard line to open the scoring in the 19th minute.
Five minutes later, Sarah Medina of Palmer Trinity took advantage of a defensive breakdown on the right, then dribbled to the center and beat the keeper on a one-on-one for the 1-1 tie that stood at halftime. Medina earned the MVP award on the Dade squad.
Chaminade-Madonna’s Bridget Callahan, who won the MVP honors on the Broward side, gave her team a 2-1 lead 17 minutes into the second half, taking a rebound off a shot from Pompano Beach’s Ilaria Berni. After a defender blocked the shot, Callahan drilled a low liner near the left pole for the goal.
Bragging rights will be on the line when the best Broward County senior basketball players face their Miami-Dade counterparts in the Tournament of Champions Inc./RMF Magazine All-Star game at Dillard High School on Sunday. The Gatorade South Florida Basketball combine will precede the All-Star games, Registration runs 8 a.m to 9 a.m. The $25 fee includes a free ticket to the All-Star game. That will be followed by four All-Star games, running from 2 p.m to 8 p.m. in a rare Sunday showcase.