High School Sports

‘Smoke’ Cooper goes down with strained hamstring; Northwestern boys, girls sweep team titles

Norland sophomore Tyrese Cooper is tended to by trainers moments after winning the 200 meter dash in the Region 4-3A meet at Traz Powell Stadium on Friday April 28, 2017. Cooper won the 100, 200 and 400 meter races.
Norland sophomore Tyrese Cooper is tended to by trainers moments after winning the 200 meter dash in the Region 4-3A meet at Traz Powell Stadium on Friday April 28, 2017. Cooper won the 100, 200 and 400 meter races. mnavarro@miamiherald.com

Miami Norland super sophomore sprinter Tyrese “Smoke” Cooper swept the 100-, 200- and 400-meter sprints at Friday night’s Region 4-3A meet at Traz Powell Stadium, but finished his final race on his back.

Cooper, the nation’s fastest sprinter this high school season in the 200 and 400 meters, strained his right hamstring as he zoomed past Northeast’s Damion Thomas, an LSU signee, down the stretch of the 200.

“It’s a Grade 1 strain,” Cooper said. “But I’ve had this happen before — two years ago at Junior Olympics. I’ll be OK for next week at state.”

Before he ended his night on the trainer’s table, Cooper, 17, had another spectacular evening.

He won the 100 meters in 10.49 seconds – his fastest time this season. Then he won the 400 in 45.69 seconds – almost three full seconds faster than the rest of the field – and a time second only to his 45.45 mark at the Louie Bing Classic February. And then, he started the 200 trying to chase down Thomas before finally zooming past him in 21.45 seconds. He might have broken his personal record of 20.55 seconds had he not slowed down to avoid tearing his hamstring and calf.

“I was alright tonight,” Cooper said. “I didn’t get out good enough in the 1, 4 or 2. I just put too much stress on myself trying to pick it up.”

Thomas, a two-time defending state champion in the 110m hurdles who cruised to the regional title in 13.59 seconds, felt bad Cooper took a tumble after their race. It was the first time Thomas and Cooper had ever raced each other.

“He's a good competitor. I know he’ll be back. This won't be the end of Tyrese Cooper,” Thomas said. “That was really great competition. I hope he pushed me to a PR.”

Miami Northwestern swept the team titles.

The Bulls’ girls, gunning for their ninth consecutive state title, swept all three relays and piled up 213 points – 100 more than second-place Northeast.

Seniors Twanisha Terry (100, 200 meters), Kaylah Clark (discus, shot put), Taranique Alexander (long jump, triple jump) and freshman Markalah Hart (100m, 300m hurdles) swept their respective individual events. But the day started out rough with both Alexander and Hart tripping and falling in the preliminary round of the 100 meter hurdles.

Alexander failed to qualify for the evening’s final race and Hart barely did.

Hart bounced back and won the 100m final in lane 1 in a personal record time of 14.15 seconds. Hart then won the 300 in a personal record time of 41.10 seconds – tied for the third-fastest time in the country this season.

“We did a lot of great things. We went pretty fast in some events like I expected to,” legendary Bulls coach Carmen Jackson said. “But my ninth grader – she fell, rolled, got up and made it through in 17.09. That’s like a sin at the West. She was crying, thinking she didn’t make it. But she recovered, won it in Lane 1."

The Bulls’ boys, looking for their first state title since 2003, got a career-best performance in the 300-meter hurdles by junior Thomas Burns, who improved his national-best time with a 35.57 seconds performance in the final.

“The kids just showed up ready to run,” Northwestern boys coach Austin Monroe said. “They practiced hard all year. It was a culmination of a lot of hard work. I told them we've got three down. We’ve got one left. We got everybody qualified. If everyone does what they're supposed to do we should win it.”

FRIDAY’S RESULTS

▪ REGION 4-3A at Traz-Powell Stadium in Miami: GIRLS: Team standings: 1. Northwestern 213; 2. Northeast 113; 3. Dillard 60; 4. Boyd Anderson 48.5; 5. Dwyer 35; Other local schools: 9. Mater Academy 24; 12. South Broward 13; 13. Carol City 10; 17. Norland and Ely 4.

(Miami-Dade/Broward state qualifiers only): Field events - Discus: 1. Kaylah Clark (NW) 132-3; 2. Kameliah Style (NE) 126-10; 3. Markeisha Lewis (CC) 124-6; 4. Chanel Dawson (NW) 123-5. Shot put: 1. Kaylah Clark (NW) 43-0.25; 2. Alyssa Richard (NW) 41-1; 3. Jayann Johnson (BA) 40-11.75. Long jump:1. Taranique Alexander (NW) 19-3.25; 2. Destiny Castillo (SB) 19-3.25. Triple jump: 1. Taranique Alexander (NW) 39-7; 2. Dascha Robinson (NW) 38-4; 4. Ariayanna Val (NW) 36-3. High jump: 1. Carshaylah Harrison (NE) 5-3; 3. Jimeshia Lawson (BA) 5-0.

Track events - 100m hurdles: 1. Markalah Hart (NW) 14.15; 2. Carshaylah Harrison (NE) 14.25; 3. Ariayanna Val (NW) 14.32. 300m hurdles: 1. Markalah Hart (NW) 41.10; 2. De’Andreah Young (NW) 3. Carshaylah Harrison (NE) 42.93; 4. Ariayanna Val (NW) 43.54. 100m: 1. Twanisha Terry (NW) 11.77; 2. Roshelle Francois (DIL) 12.16; 3. Shyeania Twensey (NE) 12.18; 4. Daneisha Woodside (NE) 12.26. 200m: 1. Twanisha Terry (NW) 23.39; 2. Jan’Taijah Ford (NE) 23.83; 3. Roshelle Francois (DIL) 23.93; 4. Taquaria Whiley (NW) 24.57. 400m: 1. Jan’Taijah Ford (NE) 54.63; 2. Daniela Woodside (NE) 55.41; 3. Ulani Toussaint (NW) 55.69; 4. Takiyah Johnson (NE) 56.18. 800m: 1. Jinah Mickens-Malik (MAT) 2:12.79; 2. Ayoola Gbolade (NW) 2:13.75; 3. Daishon Spann (BA) 2:16.06; 4. Cadeebra Calcote (DIL) 2:20.03. 1600m: 2. Jada Bryan (DIL) 5:23.12; 3. Nina Burgos (NW) 5:24.41; 4. Lovely Hakalow (DIL) 5:26.93. 3200m: 1. Nina Burgos (NW) 11:53.30; 3. Nikyia Wooten (BA) 12:06.04. 400m relay: 1. Northwestern 45.96; 2. Dillard 47.58; 3. Northeast 47.63. 1600m relay: 1. Northwestern 3:41.98; 2. Northeast 3:49.77; 3. Dillard 3:58.24; 4. Boyd Anderson 4:06.66. 3200m relay: 1. Northwestern 9:22.54; 2. Dillard 9:28.94; 3. Northeast 9:42.85; 4. Boyd Anderson 9:42.94.

BOYS: Team standings: 1. Northwestern 105.5; 2. Sebastian River 90; 3. Blanche Ely 75; 4. Northeast 64; 5. Belen Jesuit 54. Other local schools: 6. Boyd Anderson 49.5; 7. Norland 30; 11. Carol City 21; 12. Dillard 19; 19. Central 3.

(Miami-Dade/Broward state qualifiers only): Field events - Discus: 3. Carlton Cleophat (Ely) 138-10. Shot put: 4. Mark Fox (NW) 45-9. Long jump: 1. Tayondric Crowder (Ely) 22-1.75; 3. Avery Thornton (BA) (22-0.75); 4. Tard Smith (BA) 21-7.25. Triple jump: 4. James Harris (Ely) 43-9.75. High jump: 1. Donald Chaney (BEL) 6-4; 2. James Harris (Ely) 6-2; 3. Divaad Wilson (NW) and Tard Smith (BA) 6-0.

Track events - 110m hurdles: 1. Damion Thomas (NE) 13.59; 2. Thomas Burns (NW) 14.37; 4. Donnell Grant (Ely) 14.65. 300m hurdles: 1. Thomas Burns (NW) 35.57; 2. Jevon Williams (Ely) 38.50; 3. Kendrick Adams (DIL) 38.77; 4. Kendaruis Coward (BA) 38.90. 100m: 1. Tyrese Cooper (NOR) 10.49; 3. Chatarius Atwell (NW) 10.85. 200m: 1. Tyrese Cooper (NOR) 21.45; 2. Damion Thomas (NE) 21.56; 3. David East (NW) 21.57. 400m: 1. Tyrese Cooper (NOR) 45.69; 2. Tiondre Toomer (NW) 48.54. 800m: 1. Tyree Simeon (NE) 1:56.93; Fred Gonsalvies (NW) 1:57.44; 4. Wilbert Toussaint (NW). 1600m: 1. Joshua Collins (BEL) 4:27.39; 2. Sebastian Roa (BEL) 4:29.49; 4. Sukeil Foucha (Ely) 4:37.07. 3200m: 1. Joshua Collins (BEL) 9:51.55; 2. Sebastian Roa (BEL) 9:57.21. 400m relay: 1. Northwestern 41.70; 2. Northeast 41.94; 3. Carol City 42.02. 1600m relay: 1. Northwestern 3:14.48; 2. Boyd Anderson 3:18.53; 3. Northeast 3:18.91; 4. Dillard 3:19.20. 3200m relay: 1. Northwestern 8:02.13; 2. Dillard 8:03.34; 3. Northeast 8:09.76; 4. Ely 8:13.75.

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