Three red-hot St. Thomas Aquinas relay teams, led by their national-record setting 800-meter relay team of Kendall Ellis, Krystal Sparling, Khalifa St. Fort and Diamond Spaulding, will see how they stack up in less familiar sprint races at the Fort Lauderdale City Championships at Carter Park on Tuesday.
Sparling, the nation’s leader in the 200 meters (23.35) and No. 4 (11.43, wind-aided) in the 100 will compete in the 400, along with Spaulding, who ranks No. 3 nationally in the 200 (23.81).
Ellis, meanwhile, the nation’s gold standard in the 400 (53.92) will see how her added strength in the quarter mile translates to the 100.
Aquinas coach Alex Armenteros is using this late-season twist to keep his squad sharp for the Florida Relays this weekend.
At the Texas Relays on Saturday, Aquinas made its case as the nation’s top girls’ sprint corps by taking two of three relays against perennial national power Long Beach Poly.
The icing on the cake came in the 800-meter relay where Sparling, Ellis, St. Fort and Spaulding displayed incredible stick handling to set a national record in 1:33.47.
In the 1,600-meter relay, Ellis, Narinah Jean-Baptiste, Sparling and Spaulding took over the nation’s top time by clocking 3:38.26.
The lone blemish for Aquinas came in the 400-meter relay when Long Beach Poly clocked a U.S.-leading 45.73 to edge the Raiders team of Sparling, Spaulding, St. Fort and Kristen Laidlaw (45.75) in a photo finish.
BOYS’ LACROSSESt. Thomas Aquinas 16, University School 8: US (8-3):
District 11-4A finals at South County Park: 8:15 a.m.
District 12-4A at Cypress Park: 8:30 a.m.
District 13-4A finals at Midtown Athletic Club: 8 a.m.
District 15-3A finals at Pembroke Pines Charter
District 15-2A at Brian Piccolo Tennis Center: 8 a.m.
District 14-1A at Weston Tennis Courts: 8 a.m.
Fort Lauderdale City Track Championships, Joseph C. Carter Park, Fort Lauderdale, 4 p.m.
Sagemont vs. Archbishop Curley, 3:45
Monsignor Pace vs. Pine Crest, 4:30
Blanche Ely vs. Fort Lauderdale, 6:30
Dillard vs. Boyd Anderson, 3:45
Coconut Creek vs. Cardinal Gibbons, 4:00
Cooper City vs. Cypress Bay, 6:30
Deerfield Beach vs. Coral Glades, 6:30
Pines Charter vs. Coral Springs, 6:30
Taravella vs. Douglas, 3:45
Everglades vs. Miramar, 3:45
Flanagan vs. McArthur, 6:30
Hallandale vs. North Miami (Pepper Park), 3:45
Hollywood Hills vs. West Broward, 3:45
Plantation vs. Monarch, 3:45
Northeast vs. Nova, 7:00
South Plantation vs. South Broward, 6:30
Coral Springs vs. Deerfield Beach, 6:00
Monarch vs. Douglas, 4:30
Everglades vs. South Plantation, 4:30
Chaminade-Madonna vs. Flanagan, 4:30
South Broward vs. Hollywood Hills, 4:30
Miramar vs. McArthur, 4:30
Piper vs. University School, 4:30
Plantation vs. St. Thomas Aquinas, 4:30
Taravella vs. Pompano Beach, 4:30
Pine Crest vs. Western, 4:30
Somerset Academy vs. Palmer Trinity (PT), 4:00
North Broward Prep vs. Mater Lakes, 7:00
Cardinal Gibbons vs. Pompano Beach, 4:00
Monarch vs. Coconut Creek, 4:00
Western vs. Cooper City, 6:30
Taravella vs. Coral Glades, 4:00
Douglas vs. Coral Springs, 6:30
Deerfield Beach vs. Fort Lauderdale, 4:00
Flanagan vs. Nova, 6:30
Plantation vs. Hallandale, 4:00
Piper vs. Hollywood Hills, 4:00
McArthur vs. South Plantation (Pop Travers Park), 6:30
Stranahan vs. Northeast, 6:30
West Broward vs. Pines Charter (Silver Lakes Park), 6:30
South Broward vs. University School (UNI), 4:00