High School Sports

Hurdlers Damion Thomas Jr., Kimani Rushing star at BCAA track and field

Hallandale High’s Kimani Rushing wins the girls’ 100-meter hurdles during the BCAA Track and Field Championships on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale.
Hallandale High’s Kimani Rushing wins the girls’ 100-meter hurdles during the BCAA Track and Field Championships on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale. FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

Northeast star sophomore Damion Thomas Jr. and Hallandale’s Kimani Rushing turned in convincing arguments as the nation’s top hurdlers in electrifying BCAA championship performances on Saturday at Dillard High School.

Thomas, 15, clocked 13.74 in the 110-high hurdles to lower his own nation-leading time (14:06) and then capped a typical tough hurdles double by running a U.S. No. 4 time of 37.39 to win the 300 hurdles.

“This is important because it makes me build confidence with every race knowing I’m only a sophomore and able to compete with the best, the seniors,” Thomas said. “This year it’s God exposing the gift that I have kept in. I just give God the glory to be injury free and run to the best of my ability.”

As if winning the long jump in a non-wind aided U.S. No. 1 time of 19-2, the triple jump (39-8, off her nation leading 41-2) and the 100 hurdles in a U.S. No. 4 13.96 wasn’t impressive enough, Rushing saved her best for the 300 hurdles. In arguably the most physical taxing race on the schedule, Rushing brushed off an inauspicious start to run a nation-leading 42.07.

“I was looking for at least a 41,” Rushing said. “To me it doesn’t feel like anything.

“I feel like I could have done better. I fell out of the blocks and just had to push through it. Coming down the last stretch I could hear footsteps and I’m like that could be a problem, its time to run.”

Behind the nation’s top sprint corps, St. Thomas Aquinas girls ran away with the girls title. Krystal Sparling led the way, winning the 100 in a U.S. co-leading 11.65, the 200 in a U.S. No. 4 24.04 and anchoring the 400-meter relay team to victory in a Florida No. 3 47.01.

Aquinas broke a tight battle with Blanche Ely for the boys title by winning the 1,600 relay.

Boyd Anderson’s Javon Patterson (1:54.41) put himself in select company by winning his fourth BCAA 800-meter title.

Blanche Ely’s Markevious Roach practically stole the boys’ 400 meter title. Aquinas’ Rasheed Tatham went stride for stride with Hallandale’s Oliver Alexandre in the last 10 meters only to watch Roach put on a burst at the tape to win in 47.70

The boys’ 100 saw West Broward’s Isaiah Taylor, a UM track signee, become the first sprint champion in school history. Taylor separated from the pack at the 70-meter mark and cruised to victory in a 10.54 (Florida non wind aided No. 4), ahead of Aquinas’ James Oliphant (10.76) and Plantation’s Khai McLin.

“I finished fourth at states last year by one hundredths of a second,” Taylor said. “Coming back this year I am coming back stronger and with a vengeance. Working on my form and my drive phase and holding myself for the last 20 meters of the race.”

In the girls’ weighted throws Monarch’s Phoebe Gustely and Northeast’s Camora Sanders renewed their rivalry with Gustely winning the discus in a personal-best and U.S. No. 7 143-11 and Sanders winning the shot put in a personal-best 44-1. Sanders, the reigning 4A state champion in the discus and state runner-up in the shot put, views Gustely as her biggest challenge in 4A.

Miramar highly touted freshman Terrence Horne Jr. found redemption by bouncing back from being disqualified in 100 prelims to anchor the Patriots’ 400 meter relay team to victory.

▪ Girls’ BCAA Track Championships — TEAM RESULTS: 1. St. Thomas Aquinas 185, 2. Hallandale 96, 3. Northeast 83, 4. Dillard 46, 5. Boyd Anderson 44. INDIVIDUAL RESULTS: 3,200 relay: St. Thomas Aquinas 9:50.28, 2. Dillard 9:54.03, 3. Boyd Anderson 10:06.21.100 Hurdles: 1. Rushing (Hall) 13.96, 2. Simmons (Hall) 14.28, 3. Valentin (NE) 14.69. 100: 1. Sparling (STA) 11.65, 2. St. Fort (STA) 11.68, 3. Spaulding (STA) 11.98. 1,600: 1. Cruz (STA) 5:03.67, 2. Gill (Dill) 5:13.39, 3. Schloss (STA) 5:16.28. 400 Relay: 1. St. Thomas Aquinas 47.01, 2. Ely 48.06, 3. Flanagan 48.73. 400: 1. Lewis (STA) 54.91, 2. Staton (BA) 55.76, 3. Woulard (NE) 56.08. 300 Hurdles: 1. Rushing (Hall) 42.07, 2. Valentin (NE) 42.79, 3. Simmons (Hall) 42.84. 800: 1. Pollock (Hall) 2:22.69, 2. Gill (Dill) 2:23.65, 3. Thomas (NE)2:25.60. 200: 1. Sparling (STA) 24.04, 2. Spaulding (STA) 24.58, 3. St. Fort (STA) 24.82. 3,200: 1. Cruz (STA) 10:56.28, 2. Schloss (STA) 11:19.55, 3. Rischar (STA) 11:41.06. 1,600 Relay: 1. Boyd Anderson 3:51.63, 2. Northeast 3:52.16, 3. St. Thomas Aquinas 3:54.68. High Jump: 1. Morrison (Doug) 5-8, 2. Harrison (BA) 5-6, 3. Chin (Dill) 5-2. Long Jump: 1. Rushing (Hall) 19-2, 2. D'Oliveira (Flan)17-8, 3. Woulard (NE) 16-11.75. Triple Jump: 1. Rushing (Hall) 39-8, 2. Morrison (Doug) 36-7, 3. Solomon (Ever) 36-6. Pole Vault: 1. Jurkauskas (STA) 9-4, 2. Robitaille (STA) 8-6, 3. Kerekes (STA) 8-6. Discus: 1. Gustely (Mon) 143-11, 2. Sanders (NE) 130-6, 3. Simmons (Hall) 129-5. Shot Put: 1. Sanders (NE) 44-1, 2. Atkins (STA) 43-3.50, 3. Style (NE) 39-10.5.

BCAA Track Championships — TEAM RESULTS: 1. St. Thomas Aquinas 95, 2. Blanche Ely 92.50, 3. Boyd Anderson 80.50, 4. Pines Charter 53, 5. Cardinal Gibbons, Northeast 49. INDIVIDUAL RESULTS: 3,200 relay: 1. Boyd Anderson 7:55.65, 2. Pines Charter 8:04.17, 3. Cardinal Gibbons 8:08.03. 110 High Hurdles: 1. Thomas (NE) 13.74, 2. Musgrove (Hall) 14.13, 3. Nesbitt (Ely) 14.63. 100: 1. Taylor (WB) 10.54, 2. Oliphant (STA) 10.76, 3. McLin (Plan) 10.80. 1,600: 1. C. Penaranda (PPC) 4:21.34, 2. Statham (STA) 4:24.54, 3. Gimenez-Beron (PPC) 4:26.51. 400 Relay: 1. Miramar 41.60, 2. Plantation 41.71,3. Coconut Creek 42.26. 400: 1. Roach (Ely) 47.70, 2. Tatham (STA) 47.73, 3. Alexandre (Hall) 47.84. 300 Hurdles: 1. Thomas (NE) 37.39, 2. Nesbitt (Ely) 38.01, 3. Francois (PB) 38.34. 800: 1. Patterson (BA) 1:54.41, 2. Haynes (STA) 1:54.86, 3. Wilson (Ely) 1:57.93. 200: 1. Oliphant (STA) 21.62, 2. McLin (Plan) 21.67, 3. Taylor (WB) 22.00. 3,200: 1. C. Penaranda (PPC) 9:54.42, 2. Gimenez-Beron (PPC) 10:00.56, 3. D. Penaranda (PPC) 10:02.27. 1,600 Relay: 1. St. Thomas Aquinas 3:15.29, 2. Ely 3:15.72, 3. Boyd Anderson 3:21.35; High Jump: Nesbitt (Ely) 6-4, 2. Lee (BA) 6-4, 3. Phipps (BA) 6-2. Long jump: 1. Lee (BA) 21-11.5, 2. Wright (CG) 21-02.25, 3. Gamble (Ely) 20-11. Triple Jump: 1. Pryce (STA) 43-8.50, 2. Victor (CCreek) 43-7, 3. Similien (Nova) 43-6. Pole Vault: 1. Reising (PB) 14-0, 2. Long (STA) 13-6, 3. Hurst (STA) 12-6. Discus: 1. Jananov (NE) 146-6, 2. Gamble (Ely) 144-8, 3. St. Louis (Plan) 140-10. Shot Put: 1. Daniels (CG) 48-4, 2. Jovanov (NE) 48-0.50; Amerson (CG) 47-10.

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