They say records are meant to be broken. If that’s the case, records certainly played their role at the Sam Burley Invitational.
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 on Saturday at Miami Southridge.
Northwestern, state champions the last 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 (44-7) 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,” says 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.”
St. Thomas Aquinas 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).
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.
“This year we just want to solidify ourselves as the No. 1 track team in the country and the No. 1 football team in the country,” Bethel said. “And coming back to win a state championship would be a great way to end our high school careers.”
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, 41.45) while Deron’s time of 36.51 in the boys’ 300-meter hurdles tied a meet mark.
The two Miami-Dade County all-start teams made amends from its poor showing against its neighbors from Broward a year ago.
In this year’s version of the US 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 tasting 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.
Jenecil Villar (Miami Springs) scored the final goal in the 62nd minute.
•Late Friday - Mater Lakes 17, Lourdes 0:
WP: Alexis Castroman (4-3). LP: Senra. Top Performers: Alyssa Rodriguez 4-4 2 RBIs, 4 runs; Emily Torres 2 hits 2 RBIs, Alexis Castroman 4 IP, 5K; 4 RBIs. ML 4-4.
•Westminster Christian 13, Jacksonville Sandalwood 5:
WP: Zarello (1-0). Top performers: Jake Zarrello 3-4, HR, 2 RBI. Dakota Robbins 1-1, HR, 3 RBI, 3 BBs.
•Florida Christian 6, Georgia Lowndes County 2:
WP: Alex Valverde 7 innings, 6 Ks. LP: McCloud. Top performers: Jorge Iza 2-3. Brandon Chinea 2-2. Jack Diaz 2-2.
BOYS’ WATER POLO
•Belen Jesuit 10, Winter Park 4:
Santiago Nunez 3 goals. Adrian Alepuz 3 goals. Nicolas Aguilar goal. Max Goldberg 2 goals. Ryan Guso goal, 4 blocks.
•Belen Jesuit 9, Gulliver 8:
Santiago Nunez 3 goals. Adrian Alepuz 3 goals. Alex Alepuz goal. Ryan Guso goal, 6 blocks.
•Belen Jesuit 7, Lake Nona 2:
Santiago Nunez goal. Adrian Alepuz goal. Alex Alepuz 3 goals. Max Goldberg goal. Adrian Hernandez goal. Ryan Guso 8 blocks.
•Belen Jesuit 8, St. Thomas 7:
Santiago Nunez 5 goals. Alex Alepuz goal. Max Goldberg goal. Adrian Alepuz goal. Ryan Guso 6 blocks.
GIRLS’ WATER POLO