Drawing inspiration from the unique skill set of U.S. Track and Winter Sports Olympian Lolo Jones, Douglas’ sophomore star Gillian Morrison pulled off a rare four-event sweep at the BCAA Track and Field Championships North qualifier at Blanche Ely on Tuesday.
In a tour de force performance, which had Morrison shuttling between the jump pits and track, Morrison won the long jump, high jump, triple jump and then the 100 hurdles in 15.93.
“The adrenaline kept pumping today,’’ Morrison said. “I want to do as many events as possible to keep me busy and keep me active. If I could do five or do six, I would love to. It just gives me another chance to put it out all on the track and leave it out there. I look up to Lolo. She is a two sport Olympian. That is crazy. She put in the work and it has paid off. I want to be as good as her some day.”
Morrison’s teammate Caroline Atyeo won the 800 (2:34.69) and 1,600 (5:52.92).
The top three finishers are automatic qualifiers for the BCAA Track and Field Championships at Dillard on Saturday. The fourth berth in each event will be determined from the best times or distances from the four qualifiers.
Meanwhile, Monarch’s Calvin Ridley won the boys’ 100 in 10.63 seconds and then claimed “I’m not even a track runner” after the race before cruising to the 200 title in 21.92 and anchoring the Knight’s runner-up finish in the 400-meter relay.
Despite downplaying his status, Ridley has the raw talent and competitive streak to be a spoiler in a Finals sprint field headlined by Piper’s Andre Ewers, West Broward’s Isaiah Taylor, Fort Lauderdale’s Lamark Campbell and Miramar’s Jabari Hill.
“I got out bad in the 100, actually,’’ Ridley said. “I had to catch up at the end and finish the race strong.”
Ely gave the partisan crowd reason to celebrate by dominating the boys’ jumps. Marcus James led the charge for the Tigers, winning the high jump (6-2) and triple jump (44-4 1/2) and finishing third in the long jump. Chazton Mekenzie was equally as impressive, winning the long jump (21-4), finishing third in the high jump, winning the 110 hurdles (14.82) and finishing second in the 300 hurdles.
“I’m going to show out on Saturday,’’ Mekenzie said. “I am going to bring my best. It’s real important to win because I want to set an example for my team. Our whole team is going to bring that heat on Saturday.”
Coral Glades Anthony Deleva won the 1,600 (4:36.29), anchored the Jaguars’ winning 3,200 relay team and finished second in the 3,200.
BASEBALLFlanagan 6, Everglades 3: University School 3, Pine Crest 1: American 11, Reagan 5:
GIRLS’ LACROSSEWestern 18, South Plantation 10: St. Thomas Aquinas 11, Pine Crest 10: Cypress Bay 14, West Broward 13:
BOYS’ LACROSSEWest Broward 7, Cooper City 6: University School 16, Coral Shores 3: Western 12, South Plantation 8:
BOYS’ VOLLEYBALLSt. Thomas Aquinas d. South Plantation 25-7, 25-12, 25-23: Cardinal Gibbons d. Pine Crest: 25-21, 23-25, 25-18, 25-15: Cardinal Gibbons d. Pine Crest 25-21, 23-25, 25-18, 25-15: Monarch d. West Broward 25-16, 25-18, 25-17: Hialeah-Miami Lakes d. American 25-14, 25-14, 25-9: Palmetto d. Southridge 25-12, 25-5, 25-6: Westland Hialeah d. Booker T. Washington 25-14, 25-15, 25-9: St. Brendan d. TERRA 25-22, 25-23, 25-22: Hialeah d. Miami Springs 25-19 , 25-17, 25-23: American Heritage d. Chaminade-Madonna 25-19, 28-26, 25-23: Hialeah Gardens d. Mourning 21-25, 20-25, 25-19, 25-21, 15-12:
BOYS’ WATER POLOCooper City 13, South Broward 2:
GIRLS’ WATER POLOSouth Broward 6, Cooper City 4:
The Squadra South Florida Senior High School All-Star Soccer Game will take place at American Heritage Plantation on Friday.
The girls’ matchup will kick-off at 6 p.m., the boys’ game will follow at 8.
BOYS’ TENNISArchbishop McCarthy 4, North Broward Prep 3: Cardinal Gibbons 5, Pines Charter 2: Singles Doubles University School 4, Pine Crest 3: Westminster Academy 6, Sheridan Hills 1:
GIRLS’ TENNISNorth Broward Prep 4, Archbishop McCarthy 3: Cardinal Gibbons 2, Pines Charter 5: Singles Doubles Pine Crest 5, University School 2: Westminster Academy 7, Sheridan Hills 0: