Northeast’s Daeshon Gordon, St. Thomas Aquinas’ Krystal Sparling and Boyd Anderson’s Javon Patterson took turns shaking up the national rankings at the BCAA Track and Field Championships at Dillard on Saturday.
Gordon, an All-American bound for LSU, set the tone for the night as three new national No. 1s were set by cruising to the 100 hurdles title in a personal-best and BCAA record 13.77. Gordon’s new time eclipsed the 13.82 set by Shantia Moss in 2004.
“In the middle of the 100 hurdles I wasn’t satisfied with how I was performing,” Gordon said. “The personal best means I’m progressing and doing what I should, the hard work is coming out. I shock myself every time.”
As in the 100 hurdles, Gordon ran by herself to win the 300 hurdles in 42.04 and then clinched Northeast’s runner-up finish (its highest in BCAA history) by holding off Aquinas’ hard charging two-time state champion Kendall Ellis on the anchor leg of the 1,600 relay to win in a BCAA record 3:47.00 (U.S. No. 2).
Meanwhile, Hallandale star sophomore Kimani Rushing confirmed her status as the heir to Gordon’s hurdles throne by finishing second in the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles.
Of the trio who set new U.S. No. 1s, Patterson was probably the biggest surprise when he ran a personal-best 1:52.53 to win the 800. Patterson’s new time set a new BCAA mark and eclipsed the 1:52.80 that led the nation coming into Saturday’s championship.
Sparling bounced back from a false start in the 100 to anchor the Raiders to a runaway victory in the 400 relay before setting some fireworks of her own to win the 200 in a personal-best 23.35.
“I wanted to run a 23 in the 200,” Sparling said. “I just knew in my mind and my heart I couldn’t let the 100 defeat me. I had two more races to go, and I had to keep that in mind.”
Diamond Spaulding, who won the 100 in 11.88, finished second to Sparling in the 200 as the Raiders rolled to their third consecutive BCAA title.
Piper’s power running Andre Ewers clinched his first BCAA title by clocking 10.52 in the 100 before putting on a clinic on how to run the curve in the 200 to clock a personal-best 21.48 (U.S. No. 4).
“Coming into the BCAA, all these athletes were hungry, but I’m not just hungry, I’m starving for greatness.” Ewers said. “I wanted to become the 100 and 200 BCAA champion. That is what I did. I thank God. I accomplished my goals but I am not satisfied with it.”
Pines Charter’s Andrew Iglesias proved the biggest star in the boys’ distances, winning the 1,600 in 4:20.73 before taking the 3,200 in 9:37.29.
A sizzling anchor leg from St. Thomas Aquinas’ Jordan Scarlett led the Raiders to a stirring come from behind finish in the 400-meter relay. Scarlett took the final exchange from Madre London, James Oliphant and Sam Bruce, in third place, but showed the explosiveness that has made him one of the most coveted running back prospects by reeling in front running South Plantation and Fort Lauderdale to win in a season-best 41.27 (new U.S. No. 6).
“It was a very good moment,” Scarlett said. “My team did it. They brought me around and gave me just enough time. I just fought through the adversity to win the race. I thought we just had to win. We came this far and we just had to get this victory. Most definitely we will be in the state championship for the 4x100.”
Hallandale’s dynamic one-two punch of John Battle IV and Antwuan Musgrove left their mark by dominating the hurdles. Battle clocked a U.S. No. 4 time of 14.20 to win the 110 hurdles, and Musgrove finished second in 14.44.
Musgrove won the 300 hurdles in 37.63 (U.S. No. 3) as the Chargers clinched third place.
“Antwuan and I go at it every day in practice,” Battle said. “It’s always fun battling each other. Antwuan has a senational block start. I’m so tall and long it’s hard for me to get down real quick, so he helps me out with that.”
Northeast’s Camora Sanders ruled the girls’ weighted throws, setting set a personal-best 41-9.25 to win the shot put (No. 8 in Florida) and throwing 135-0 to win the discus.
“This is really cool,” Sanders said. “Ever since my freshman year I’ve been trying to win both. This gives me a lot of confidence because when I am at track meets I’m always nervous. Today, I got the butterflies out and just focused on what I had to do.”
St. Thomas Aquinas’ Ryan Crozier won the discus in a personal-best 179-10, obliterating his previous personal-best 167-3 he set at the Louie Bing Classic on Feb. 21.
Cardinal Gibbons’ Stefan Duvivier claimed the BCAA high-jump title that had proved elusive with an upset of Boyd Anderson’s Phillip Lee, who came in ranked No. 6 in Florida (6-7). Duvivier won with a season-best 6-4 on his first attempt, and Lee had a miss at the same height.