High School Sports

Ransom’s Nati Sheppard excels at Region 4-2A track; Hallandale sweeps team titles

Antwuan Musgrove of Hallandale High won the boys’ 100 hurdles at the Region 4-2A high school track championships Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at Ansin Sports Complex in Miramar.
Antwuan Musgrove of Hallandale High won the boys’ 100 hurdles at the Region 4-2A high school track championships Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at Ansin Sports Complex in Miramar. Miami Herald staff

Nobody would have batted an eye had Duke track signee Nati Sheppard foregone the high jump and two sprint relays to keep her legs fresh for a shot at winning a Region 4-2A pole vault title.

Instead, the Ransom Everglades senior stuck with all four events at the Region 4-2A championships and emerged a rare pole vault-high jump state qualifier Wednesday at the Ansin Sports Complex in Miramar.

Sheppard cleared 12 feet 6 inches, just off her personal best of 13-0, to win the pole vault and still had enough left to finish fourth in the high jump.

“I really like doing more than one event, and this year our team has a big goal and that is to win states,” Sheppard said. “Wherever my team needs me, I am open to competing in those events. Pole vault is No. 1 to me, but winning a team state title comes first.”

Jackson’s Tiara McMinn won the high jump at 5-8.

The top four qualifiers advance to the FHSAA State Track and Field Championships at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville on May 1.

Hallandale’s Kimani Rushing powered the Chargers to the girls’ team title and Class 2A state favorite by winning the long jump, triple jump and 100 hurdles (13.63), while leading a 1-2-4 Chargers’ finish in the 300 hurdles.

Meanwhile, Hallandale’s Antwuan Musgrove insured a Region 4-2A sweep for the Chargers’ boys team by winning the 110 hurdles in 14.06 and leading a 1-2-4 finish in the 300 hurdles.

“With track and field anyone can come out and beat you,” Musgrove said. “I’ll just continue to train hard and keep my guards up at states. I feel like I am on top of my game right now.”

American Heritage seventh-grade sensation Danielle Bess won the 400 in 56.88 and finished fourth in the 200.

Cocoa came in as the overwhelming favorite in the boys’ 400-meter relay with 100 meters champion Chauncey Gardner (10.51) as its third-leg catalyst, but it shockingly failed to qualify after botching the handoff on its second exchange. American Heritage capitalized on Cocoa’s miscue and won the title in 41.54 ahead of runner-up Hallandale (42.19).

Seven runners withdrew from the 1,600 meters, opening the door for Calvary Christian’s cross-country 2A state champion Joel Lacy to win in 4:36.21.

“Winning a state cross country and mile title in the same year would be nice,” Lacy said. “It would put you on the radar. It really doesn’t matter what your position whether you are one or two. It’s all about who shows up on May 1. That is the big day.”

Pine Crest freshman Tony Bridges stole the show on the boys’ side by winning the triple jump with a leap of 46-7, far ahead of West Shore runner-up Christian Walker (42-31/2).

In a riveting girls’ 1,600 meters, Ransom Everglades’ Lauren Archer surged past Pine Crest’s Julia Montgomery with 190 meters left to win in 5:00.33. Montgomery finished in 5:05.03. Archer also finished second in the 800.

Archer’s teammate, Beatriz Ruan, won the 3,200.

Region 4-2A championships

Girls’ — 1. Hallandale 138, 2. Ransom Everglades 101, 3. Rockledge 79: 3,200 relay: Ransom Everglades 9:28.67 100 Hurdles: Rushing (Hall) 13.63 100: 1. Cobbs-Marcus (Rock) 12.03;400: 1. Bess (AH) 56.88; 1,600: Archer (RE) 5:00.33; 400 Relay: 1. Jackson 48.11; 200: 1. Simmons (Rock) 24.84; 800: 1. Zeller (SC) 2:12.58; 3,200: 1. Ruan (RE) 11:10.24; 300 Hurdles: 1. Rushing (Hall) 43.48; 1,600 Relay: 1. Ransom Everglades 3:57.54. Pole Vault: 1. Sheppard (RE) 12-6; High Jump: 1. McMinn (Jack) 5-8; Long Jump: 1. Rushing (Hall) 18-3.75; Triple Jump: 1. Rushing (Hall) 40-4.50; Discus: 1. Ajabe (RE) 121-7; Shot Put: 1. Heaven (Hall) 37-9.50;

Boys’— 1. Hallandale 73, American Heritage 63.50, 3. Booker T. Washington 57: 3,200 relay: 1. Booker T. Washington 7:58.83; 110 Hurdles: 1. Musgrove (Hall) 14.06; 100: 1. Gardner (Cocoa) 10.51; 400: 1. Alexandre (Hall) 47.38; 1,600: 1. Lacy (CalvChr) 4:36.21; 400 Relay: 1. American Heritage 41.54; 200: 1. Gardner (Cocoa) 21.02; 400: 1. Alexandre (Hall) 47.38; 800: 1. Small (BTW) 1:53.42; 300 Hurdles: 1. Musgrove (Hall) 37.24; 3,200: 1. Pottorff (LP) 9:33.97; 1,600 Relay: 1. Booker T. Washington 3:15.92; High Jump: 1. Schultheis (Astro) 6-6; Long Jump: 1. Gardner (Cocoa) 23-1; Triple Jump: 1. Bridges (PC) 46-7; Discus: 1. Cox (Rock) 160-3; Shot Put: 1. Cox (Rock) 53-3; Pole Vault: 1. Lightfoot (KW) 14-0

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