High School Sports

Aquinas freshman wins high jump – and qualifies for 100 meter final – with stress fracture in right foot

Zatoria Thompson began her first track season at St. Thomas Aquinas by clearing the bar in the high jump at 5-feet, 9-inches.

The mark remains the second-best jump in the country this season by a high school freshman and top 20 overall this season regardless of year in school.

Friday, Thompson, 15, wasn’t trying to top her own personal best. She was trying to win a state title in the high jump — and qualify for the finals in the 100 meter dash — with a stress fracture in her right foot. She accomplished both within about 10 minutes of each other.

First, Thompson placed sixth in qualifying for Saturday’s 100 meter final with a time of 12.31 seconds. Then, about 10 minutes after that, she ran back over to the high jump competition (where she had started the day an hour earlier and had to leave to go run in the 100) and eclipsed the bar at 5-feet, 6-inches on her third and final attempt. For good measure, Thompkins then cleared the bar again at 5-7.

“It was a little challenge because she was tired from running the 100 and was making some technical mistakes, but I knew she could put it together,” said Aquinas high jump coach Henderson Dottin, who said Thompson found out Wednesday the pain she had been experiencing for a month was a stress fracture.

“Coming in here healthy, I had her going at least 5-10,” he continued . “But I’m thankful, I’m happy for her. She got what I was preparing her for: a state title. Ultimately my goal is four years from now she’s a senior and she’s preparing for the Olympics. That’s my ultimate picture for her.”

Thompson turned out to be one of three local girls to win state titles in the high jump Friday and one of nine overall from Miami-Dade and Broward counties to take home gold medals.

Before Gulliver Prep senior Jazmyn Smith then ended the night by winning the 2A title in the long jump with a leap of 18-feet, 10 3/4 inches, Jackson’s Tiara McMinn took home the 2A title in the jump for the second year in a row when she cleared the bar at 5-feet, 10 ¾ inches.

It was the fourth-best high jump in the country this season and a Miami-Dade County record, topping the previous mark set by Lizzie Harris of Miami Northwestern, who won the state title with a jump of 5-10 in 2007.

Northeast junior Carshaylah Harrison, a fifth place finisher at state a year ago, took home the 3A title when she cleared the bar at 5-feet, 5 ¾-inches.

The first of two days of competition at IMG Academy included qualifying for most of the running events (only the finals in the 800 and 3,200 meter races were completed Friday) and 14 field events among the state’s four classifications for the girls.

Northwestern, in search of a record ninth-consecutive team title and 14th overall, broke its own state record in the 400-meter relay with a blazing mark of 45.20 seconds. The Bulls also won state titles in the shot put and long jump.

Senior Taranique Alexander, headed to Cal-State Northridge, took the long jump with a jump of 19-feet, 8 ¾ inches. Senior Kayla Clark (42-11.75) and sophomore Alyssa Richard (42-9.75) finished 1-2 in the shot put. Clark then finished second to Carol City senior Markeisha Lewis in the discus (141-02).

While the Bulls are running away with the 3A title, Southridge is in good position to win its first state title since 2008, sitting in second place in Class 4A.

Senior Kayla Johnson, headed to the University of Miami, held on to win the 800-meter title with a time of 2:10.39. It wasn’t her personal best (2:07.19, No. 2 nationally) but it was good enough to win gold.

So what was the most thrilling event Friday? The battle for the Class 2A pole vault title.

Ransom Everglades senior Anne Gutierrez won a jump off with Jacksonville Bolles freshman Laine Roberts to claim the crown. Both Gutierrez and Roberts cleared 11-feet, 5 ¾ inches and then went to a jump off to decide the title. Gutierrez, the state runner-up last year, finally won the title when she cleared 11-3 on his sixth attempt and Roberts hit the bar.

GIRLS RESULTS (Dade/Broward state placers plus each champion)

CLASS 4A

▪ Team scores: 1. Riverview 20; 2. Southridge 13.5; 3. Winter Park 11; 4. St. Thomas Aquinas and Lakewood Ranch 10; 6. Lake Minneola, Wharton, Fletcher and Varela 8; 10. Oakleaf 7; 11. Flanagan and Lake Howell 6; 13. Jupiter, Steinbrenner, Olympia and Fort Lauderdale 5.

▪ Finals – 800m: 1. Kayla Johnson (SR) 2:10.39. 3200m: 1. Bailey Hertenstein (RIV) 10:38.89. High jump: 1. Zatoria Thompson (STA) 5-7; 2. Arielle Ho (VAR) 5-3.75; 5. Samia Liverpool (SR) 5-3.75. Long jump: 1. Sophia Falco (LR) 19-8.25; 3. Devin D’Olivera (FLAN) 18-11.75; 4. Danisha Nicholas (FLL) 18-1.

▪ Prelims – 100m hurdles: 2. Jonae Harris (SR) 14.74; 6. Kristen Laidlaw (STA) 15.25. 100m: 1. Symone Mason (SR) 11.99; 3. Shaniya Williams (SR) 12.11; 5. Zahria Allers (STA) 12.24; 6. Zatoria Thompson (STA) 12.31. 4x100m relay: 1. St. Thomas Aquinas 47.06; 4. Killian 47.84; 5. Coral Reef 48.21. 300m hurdles: 2. Imani Christian (STA) 43.05; 3. Devin D’Olivera (FLAN) 43.82; 4. Jonae Harris (SR) 44.36; 6. Kristen Laidlaw (STA) 45.10. 200m: 2. Symone Mason (SR) 23.76; 4. Zahria Allers (STA); 5. Shaniya Williams (SR) 24.28; 8. De’aria Smith (KIL) 24.61.

CLASS 3A

▪ Team scores: 1. Northwestern 43; 2. Fort Myers 21; 3. Tallahassee Lincoln 15; 4. East Lake 14.5; 5. Northeast 15; 6. Niceville 12; 7. Carol City 10; 8. Lecanto 9; 9. Sprinstead and South Broward 8; 11. Creekside 7; 12. Pensacola, Viera, Mater Academy, Palmetto and Pensacola Washington 6; 17. Boyd Anderson, Lake Weir and Middleburg 5; 20. Chiles and Hillsborough 4; 22. Palm Beach Dwyer 3.5; 23. Boca Ciega and Land O’Lakes 3; 25. Dillard, Island Coast, Barron Collier and Ponte Vedra 2; 29. Armwood and Palmetto Ridge 1.

▪ Finals – 800m: 1. Kristlin Gear (Fort Myers) 2:10.29; 3. Jinah Mickens-Malik (Mater Academy) 2:12.03; 4. Ayoola Gbolade (NW) 2:12.40; 7. Cadeebra Calote (DIL) 2:15.44. High jump: 1. Carshaylah Harrison (NE) 5-5.75. 3200m: 1. Kristlin Gear (FM) 10:40.50. Shot put: 1. Kaylah Clark (NW) 42-11.75; 2. Alyssa Richard (NW) 42-9.75; 4. Jayann Johnson (BA) 41-3.25. Discus: 1. Markeisha Lewis (CC) 141-02; 2. Kaylah Clark (NW) 136-06; 5. Kameliah Style (NE) 127-08; 7. Chanel Dawson (NW) 124-10. Long jump: 1. Taranique Alexander (NW) 19-8.75; 2. Destiny Castillo (SB) 19-3.5.

▪ Prelims – 100m hurdles: 1. Markalah Hart (NW) 14.74; 5. Ariayanna Val (NW) 15.27; 8. Carshaylah Harrison (NE) 15.54. 100m: 1. Twanisha Terry (NW) 12.01; 5. Roshelle Francois (DIL) 12.49; 7. Daneisha Woodside (NE) 12.51. 4x100m relay: 1. Northwestern 45.20; 6. Dillard 48.21. 400m: 1. Jan’Taijah Ford (NE) 54.54; 6. Takiyah Johnson (NE) 57.38; 7. Ulani Toussaint (NW) 56.44. 300m hurdles: 1. De’Andreah Young (NW) 41.40; 2. Markalah Hart (NW) 41.55; 7. Ariayanna Val (NW) 44.12. 200m: 1. Twanisha Terry (NW) 23.25; 3. Jan’Taijah Ford (NE) 23.62; 5. Roshelle Francois (DIL) 24.08.

CLASS 2A

▪ Team scores: 1. Jacksonville Bolles 36; 2. Gulliver 15; 3. Key West and Jacksonville Episcopal 13; 5. Miami Jackson 12; 6. Pine Crest and Ransom Everglades 10; 8. Jacksonville Raines, Gainesville Eastside and Hallandale 8; 19. American Heritage 3.

▪ Finals – 800m: 1. Caitlin Collier (Bolles) 2:10.65; 7. Daesha Rogers (JAX) 2:18.25. 3200m: 1. Caitlin Collier (Bolles) 10:30.39; 4. Natalie Varela (GUL) 10:51.50; 5. Tsion Yared (PC) 10:52.01. Pole vault: 1. Anne Gutierrez (RE) 11-5.75; 3. Taylor Logue (PC) 10-11.75; 6. Sidney Lampert (AH) 10-6. High jump: 1. Tiara McMinn (JAX) 5-10.75; 6. Shanise Seabrook (HAL) 5-3. Long jump: 1. Jazmyn Smith (GUL) 18-10.75; 4. Keausha Bradley Macklin (HAL) 18-3.75.

▪ Prelims – 100m hurdles: 1. Tiara McMinn (JAX) 14.37; 2. Ashante Harvey (HAL) 15.41; 6. Asia McMillion (AH) 16.00. 100m: 2. Briana Williams (CM) 11.83; 3. Morgan Rhett (AH) 12.17; 6. Jada James (AH) 12.27. 4x100m relay: 1. American Heritage 47.17. 400m: 2. Danielle Bess (AH) 56.23; 5. Jatana Folston (RE) 56.72; 6. Kenya Thompson (AH) 57.27. 300m hurdles: 1. Tiara McMinn (JAX) 41.60; 4. Keausha Bradley Macklin (HAL) 43.72; 5. Asia McMillon (AH) 44.77; 6. Kerra Williams (HAL) 44.92. 200m: 4. Morgan Rhett (AH) 24.10; 6. Danielle Bess (AH) 24.43.

CLASS 1A

▪ Team scores: 1. Mount Dora Christian 23; 2. Oak Hall 21; 3. Clearwater Calvary Christian 20; 4. Southwest Florida Christian 13.5; 5. Lakeland Christian 11.5; 6. Westminster Christian 11; 7. Palmer Trinity 10; 7. Tampa Prep 10; 9. Holy Trinity Academy, Providence, Seven Rivers Christian 9; 19. Westminster Academy 6; 21. Highlands Christian 5; 33. South Florida HEAT 2.

▪ Finals – 800m: 1. Grace Blair (Oak Hall) 2:13.43; 8. Sofie Lopez (SFH) 2:22.24. 3200m: 1. Grace Blair (OH) 11:07.94; 3. Jasmine Hincapie (WA) 11:16.37; 4. Claire Kennedy (WCS) 11:20.20. Shot put: 1. Cooper Monn (Mount Dora) 38-11.5; 4. Sydney Blackburn (HC) 36-0.75. Discus: 1. Cooper Monn (Mount Dora) 125-10; 3. Sofia Iglesias (PT) 117-06; 5. Cara Salsberry (SOM) 113-05; 8. Danielle O’Connor (SFH) 105-06. Pole vault: 1. Morgan Brown (CAL) 11-02.25; 3. Samantha Rodriguez (WCS) 9-8; 5. Autumn-Jade Stoner (PT) 9-8. High jump: 1. Delany Barnard (Tampa Prep) 5-3. Long jump: 1. Jordyn Showers (CAL) 18-9.

▪ Prelims – 100m hurdles: 6. Cassie Pollard (CUR) 16.45. 100m: None. 4x100m relay: None. 400m: 6. Kaylen Clark (HC) 59.25. 300m hurdles: None. 200m: None.

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