Northwestern, American win GMAC track titles
03/22/2014 12:00 AM
09/12/2014 11:53 AM
Northwestern’s girls need no introduction in the track and field community.
That hasn’t been the case until recently for the American boys’ team.
"We used to go places and wear the name ‘Patriots’ and people thought we were from Miramar," American coach Enrico Knowles said. "Or we’d wear American and they thought we were from American Heritage."
On Friday evening, the longtime champion and the upcoming contender each shared the spotlight at Traz Powell Stadium.
Winning 11 events overall and breaking one individual and two relay meet records Northwestern won its sixth consecutive GMAC girls’ championship with 191.5 points to finish 72.5 points ahead of the rest of the field.
American, a regional champion for the first time last season, scored another first for its program winning its first-ever GMAC boys’ championship scoring 88 points to edge perennial powers Northwestern (77), Central (68) and Booker T. Washington (62).
The Patriots were strong once again in the field events led by senior Christian Williams’ victory in the high jump (6-8) and senior Wisdom Offor’s win in the triple jump (45-9). But it was American’s distance runners winning the 3,200-meter relay that gave it the edge it needed. Sophomore Dawun Hylton was one of the contributors also winning the 800 meters in 1:57.17.
On the girls’ side, Northwestern’s dominance was not a surprise.
It was how the Bulls have been doing it that indicates they have one of their deeper teams in recent years.
Senior thrower Lloydricia Cameron swept the discus and shot put as she has done consistently over the past couple of years. Cameron won the shot put in 48-2 and the discus in 165-8.
But the Bulls have strengthened their talent in the sprints making them the favorite so far this season to win a potential sixth state title in a row and state-record 11th overall.
On Friday, Northwestern showed off that speed by breaking the 400-meter relay record in the preliminaries with a time of 46.86 and later won the championship in the event with a time of 46.95.
The Bulls also broke the GMAC record in the 3,200-meter relay with a winning time of 9:15.00.
Northwestern sophomore Timetria Mitchell set a huge mark later on sweeping both hurdles events.
First, Mitchell won the 100-meter hurdles in 14.41 seconds.
But in the 300 hurdles, Mitchell finished with a time of 42.11 that broke the previous record of 42.17 set by Tiffany Ross in 2001.
Junior La’Kayla Harris wins the 100 (12.03) barely edging teammate Twanisha Terry. Harris also won the 200 (24.55) finishing two-hundredths of a second ahead of Southridge freshman Symone Mason.
Mason won the 400 meters in 56.36 to lead Southridge to a team runner-up finish with 119 points.
Another meet record fell in the girls’ pole vault where Coral Gables junior Johanna Schiefer set the mark with a vault of 10-feet, 6-inches.
Columbus sophomore Amir Rasul swept the 100 and 200 meters as he has consistently this season winning the first in 10.74 seconds and the latter in 21.48.
Central senior thrower Frederick Jones won the shot put (58-6.5) and the discus (178-6).
Booker T. Washington’s boys secured victories in both the 400-meter (41.61) and 1,600-meter relays (3:19.45).
Girls’ team scores: 1. Northwestern 191.5; 2. Southridge 119; 3. Ferguson 71.5; 4. South Dade 43.5; 5. Carol City 38; 6. Jackson 34.5; 7. American 32; 8. Coral Reef 31; 9. Norland 30; 10. Coral Park, Coral Gables, Central 11.
Boys’ team scores: 1. American 88; 2. Northwestern 77; 3. Central 68; 4. Booker T. Washington 62; 5. Columbus 56.5; 6. Carol City 45; 7. Jackson 32; 8. Sunset 30; 9. Killian and Ferguson 25.
Girls’ individual results – 100: La'Kayla Harris (NW) 12.03; Twanisha Terry (NW) 12.03; Symone Mason (SR) 12.08; 200: La'Kayla Harris (NW) 24.55; Symone Mason (SR) 24.57; Twanisha Terry (NW) 24.69; 400: Symone Mason (SR) 56.36; Terneka Gibson (CC) 56.69; Dominique Bullock (SR) 56.92; 800: Ricardia Cooper (NW) 2:15.75; Kayla Johnson (SR) 2:18.42; Daesha Rogers (JAC) 2:20.01; 1600: Daesha Rogers (JAC) 5:16.58; Aylwyn Hernandez (FER) 5:20.97; Stephanie de la Guarda (FER) 5:31.88; 3200: Katrina Santiago (FER) 11:38.22; Emily Hernandez (FER) 12:08.06; Rachael Osman (CR) 12:17.01; 100 hurdles: Timetria Mitchell (NW) 14.41; Kimani Austin-Reese (NOR) 14.87; Keyosha Lovette (SR) 15.32; 300 hurdles: Timetria Mitchell (NW) 42.11; Kimani Austin-Reese (NOR) 42.59; Charlease Rodgers (NW) 44.63; 400 relay: Northwestern 46.95; American 48.44; Southridge 49.09; 1,600 relay: Northwestern 3:47.07; Southridge 3:55.22; Carol City 3:57.62; 3,200 relay: Northwestern 9:15.00; Ferguson 9:34.32; Carol City 9:44.14; High Jump: Taylor Dames (CR) 5-04; Briana Eskridge (NW) 5-04; Terneka Gibson (CC) 5-04; Pole Vault: Johanna Schiefer (CG) 10-06; Elizabeth Macgowan (FER) 7-6; DiCaria Alvarez (SD) 7-0; Celine Murton (FER) 7-0; Long Jump: Dominique Bullock (SR) 19-10; Courtney Gibson (SR) 18-05.25; La'Kayla Harris (NW) 18-05; Triple Jump: Taranique Alexander (NW) 37-07.5; Shatorri Faison (SR) 36-11.5; Briana Eskridge (NW) 36-08.75; Shot Put: Lloydricia Cameron (NW) 48-02; Jontavia Dykes (NW) 43-05; Epiphany Thompson (SR) 41-11; Discus: Lloydricia Cameron (NW) 165-08; Akassja White (NW) 131-10; Epiphany Thompson (SR) 124-11.
Boys’ individual results – 100: Amir Rasul (COL) 10.74; Nigel Bethel II (BTW) 10.78; Deltron Hopkins (BTW) 10.88; 200: Amir Rasul (COL) 21.48; Nigel Bethel II (BTW) 21.48; Ronald Beasley (SR) 22.04; 400: Jeffery Green (NW) 47.41; Ari Cogdell (AM) 47.75; Krondis Larry (BTW) 48.05; 800: Dawun Hylton (AM) 1:57.17; Humberto Freire (COL) 1:57.26; Yohance Haynes (AM) 1:59.35; 1600: Nick Diaz (SUN) 4:35.25; Leonel Pozo (CP) 4:36.72; Roman Garcia (SUN) 4:37.52; 3200: Ronny Greenup (SUN) 9:55.86; Leonel Pozo (CP) 10:27.21; Jorge Areces (COL) 10:37.24; 110 Hurdles: Charles Womble (NW) 16.23; Keelen Roberts (CC) 16.27; Damon King (SR) 16.30; 300 Hurdles: Lannoris Graden (CC) 39.94; Kevin Turner (AM) 40.14; Alexander Thomas (JAC) 40.15; 400 relay: Booker T. Washington 41.61; Central 42.29; Northwestern 42.65; 1,600 relay: Booker T. Washington 3:19.45; American 3:20.22; Northwestern 3:20.40; 3,200 relay: American 8:01.53; Northwestern 8:02.15; Ferguson 8:14.00; High Jump: Christian Williams (AM) 6-08; Rayquon Hankerson (CC) 6-02; Carlton Tarpley Jr. (SW) 6-0; Pole Vault: Sean Carranza (FER) 12-10; Alex Antelo (COL) 11-06; Warren Sylene (KR) 9-06; Michael Amat (COL) 9-06; Long Jump: Kenneth Lewis (CC) 22-11.00; Christian Williams (AM) 21-09; Antiwone Johnson (CG) 21-0; Triple Jump: Wisdom Offor (AM) 45-09; Andre Jackson (CEN) 42-02.5; Kani Falconer (KIL) 42-02.5; Shot Put: Freddick Jones (CEN) 58-06.5; Aaron Hanna (CEN) 53-02.5; James Alexander (JAC) 53-01.5; Discus: Freddick Jones (CEN) 178-06; Aaron Hanna (CEN) 148-09; James Alexander (JAC) 143-11.
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