Boyd Anderson hasn’t won a boys track and field state championship since 2001.
Northwestern’s girls have won six in a row.
After winning Thursday night’s Region 4-3A meet at the Ansin Sports Complex in Miramar, both will head to Jacksonville next week feeling confident.
The Lady Bulls — maybe they should be known as the Killer T’s this season — steamrolled the field once again, winning nine individual titles, all three relays and placing nine state qualifiers in the sprints, six in the hurdles, five in the jumps, three in the 800 meters and three in the throws.
Junior Timetria Mitchell, one of three stars whose first name starts with the letter for Northwestern, won both hurdles events. After posting the fourth-fastest 100-meter hurdles time in the country last month (13.72), she won the same event Thursday in 13.80 and took home the 300-meter hurdles title in a respectable 43.77 seconds.
“I need a scholarship,” said Mitchell, who won her first individual state title last year in the 100-meter hurdles. “My whole family counts on me. I have good grades. I’m all in on track. I just have to keep going to show my little brothers and sisters if I can do it, they can do it, too.”
Sophomore Twanisha Terry, meanwhile, ran a career-best 11.68 in winning the 100 meters, tying her with St. Thomas Aquinas junior Khalifa St. Fort for the seventh-fastest time in the nation this year. She also finished second in the 200 meters (24.03) behind senior Lakayla Harris (23.60).
Sophomore Taranique Alexander posted a season-best triple jump of 39 feet, 1 inch to win that event and also took home first place with a season-best 18-9.5 to win the long jump. Sophomore Kayla Clark doubled in the throws, posting a career-best 129-7 to win the discus and 41-11 to win the shot put.
Bulls 800-meter runner Daesha Rogers finished in 2:15.25, her fastest time of the year and among the state’s top five fastest runs on the year.
On the boys’ side, first-year Boyd Anderson coach Garrett Schubert was happy to see the Cobras come away with a narrow 94-85 win over Northwestern. The Cobras finished third at state last year but could push for the title this year.
Senior Javon Patterson, headed to Kansas State, posted the nation’s 15th-fastest time in the 800 meters (1:52.49) at the Florida Relays on April 4. Thursday, he cruised to the regional title in 1:56.40 and anchored the 4x800-meter relay team that started the day with a victory (7:52.95).
“It was a complete team effort,” Schubert said. “Phillip Lee won the high jump, won the long jump, took second in the 100 and placed in the 200. So he gave us 30-plus points. J Glenn Durosier placed in the 110 and 300 hurdles. Lenny Laguerre, took second in the triple jump and ran the first leg on the 4x400. It was a good effort overall.”
Northwestern freshman Thomas Burns, the younger brother of University of Miami cornerback and track star Artie Burns, won titles in both boys’ hurdles events.
Thomas Burns, already ranked among the nation’s elite in the 300-meter hurdles, ran a career-best 38.22 in winning the event Thursday. The time was .11 seconds faster than what his older brother ran when he won the Class 3A state title in 2013 as a senior.
The younger Burns won the 110 meters Thursday in 14.41 seconds. Artie Burns won three state titles in the 110 hurdles.
“I was excited that I won because not many freshman come in and win two hurdles in the region,” Burns said. “Artie and I have talked about track our whole lives. Same with football. Like him, I’m just trying to make the NFL and the Olympics. If I win a state title next week I wouldn’t know what to say. I would just sit there and smile.”
Region 4-3A championship
Girls - 1. Northwestern 250.5; 2. Boyd Anderson 70; 3. Palm Beach Lakes 65: 100m: 1. Terry (NW) 11.68. 200m: 1. Harris (NW) 23.60. 400m: 1. Staton (BA) 56.12. 800m: 1. Rogers (NW) 2:15.25. 1600m: 1. Allmark (SUNC) 5:09.47. 3200m: 1. Andersohn (DOR) 11:24.78. 100m hurdles: 1. Mitchell (NW) 13.80. 300m hurdles: 1. Mitchell (NW) 43.77. 400m relay: 1. Northwestern 45.92. 1600m relay: 1. Northwestern 3:48.91. 3200m relay: 1. Northwestern 9:26.08. High jump: 1. Harrison (BA) 5-2. Pole Vault: 1. Chaput (MI) 9-0. Long jump: 1. Alexander (NW) 18-9.5. Triple jump: 1. Alexander (NW) 39-1. Shot put: 1. Clark (NW) 41-11. Discus: Clark (NW) 129-7.
Boys - 1. Boyd Anderson 94; 2. Northwestern 85; 3. Archbishop McCarthy 58. 100m: 1. Walden (NW) 10.83. 200m: 1. Singh (HOM) 22.12. 400m: 1. M. Smith (CC) 48.84. 800m: 1. Patterson (BA) 1:56.40. 1600m: 1. Cross (Merritt Island) 4:18.09. 3200m: Cross (Merritt Island) 9:31.00. 110m hurdles: 1. Burns (NW) 14.41. 300m hurdles: 1. Burns (NW) 38.22. 400m relay: 1. Coconut Creek 42.57. 1600m relay: 1. Northwestern 3:20.06. 3200m relay: 1. Boyd Anderson 7:52.95. High jump: 1. Lee (BA) 6-4. Pole vault: 1. Colozzo (South Fork) 14-6. Long jump: 1. Lee (BA) 22-2.5. Triple jump: 1. Lewis (Creek) 45-7. Shot put: 1. W. Gordon (NOR) 55-9.5. Discus: 1. Hanna (CEN) 159-06.