High School Sports

Hallandale boys, girls win 2A state track and field titles

Hallandale's Antwuan Musgrove (526) runs in a 110 hurdles qualifier during the FHSAA Class 1A and 2A Track and Field championships at University of North Florida in Jacksonville on Friday, May 1, 2015.
Hallandale's Antwuan Musgrove (526) runs in a 110 hurdles qualifier during the FHSAA Class 1A and 2A Track and Field championships at University of North Florida in Jacksonville on Friday, May 1, 2015. For the Miami Herald

As they approached the medal stand, the photographer couldn’t help but notice all three were wearing the same uniform.

“Is this like a team photo or something,” the photographer asked.

No, it was just Hallandale’s Kimani Rushing, Tia Strackman and Lamisha Simmons displaying their dominance Friday at the girls’ Class 2A state track meet. They captured the top three finishes in the 300-meter hurdles on the way to leading Hallandale to its first team championship.

On the boys’ side, Hallandale was also crowned in the team standings while Westminster Academy won the Class 1A championship for the second straight year.

The Hallandale girls’ scored 105 points, ahead of Ransom Everglades (73). The title comes a year after losing last year’s meet to Jacksonville Bolles.

“Last year we lost by a point,” said Simmons, a senior. “It was devastating. We came back harder this year.”

No event was more of evident of that than the hurdles. Rushing, a junior, won for a second straight year with a time of 42.96 seconds. Simmons was second at 43.83, with Strackman taking third (44.67). What awed the crowd at Hodges Stadium on the University of North Florida campus was nothing for the trio.

It was the norm all season. They accomplished the feat at the county, district and regional meets.

“We expected to do this,” said Rushing, who also won the triple jump and finished second in the long jump. “It’s not a surprise. We knew we could do it and that’s what we came out here and did.”

The Hallandale boys, behind senior won Antwuan Musgrove’s titles in the 300-meter hurdles (37.87) and the 100-meter hurdles (13.92), scored 56 points. Westminster Academy narrowly edged Orlando First Academy 69-68.5 to win its third crown since 2008. Senior Desir Sanders led a balanced effort, winning the 300-meter hurdles and placing second in the 110. Senior Casey McCracken contributed key points by finishing fourth in the 3,200 meters despite vomiting most of the afternoon because of a fever.

“It’s really amazing,” Westminster Academy coach Doria Yeaman-Rickel said. “The first time was hard. We had a few more talented people this year. A lot of these guys have been together since they were younger. They wanted to come back and they wanted to win.”

Westminster Academy also saw senior Karin Sastre avenge last year’s disappointing finish by winning the girls’ class 1A pole vault with a personal-best of 11-3. A year ago, she entered as the favorite but “no-heighted” during the competition. That wasn’t the case the second time around.

“It was a huge disappointment,” said Sastre, who will compete at Gardner-Webb next year. “I can’t even describe the feeling just to come back and get a win.”

Sastre burst into tears after hugging her father once she was captured victory. A relaxed approached helped alter the outcome in her second finals appearance. Last year she qualified for state with a vault of six inches higher than anyone in the field. This year, she was sort of the underdog.

“It was good that I wasn’t ranked first coming in from regionals,” Sastre said. “I didn’t have as much pressure on me. I was more mentally ready this year than last year.”

The performances were just part of a banner day for Broward County that included American Heritage seventh-grader Danielle Bess winning the 400-meters in Class 2A with a time of 57.36.

“It feels great,” Bess said. “The next step is the same thing: come back next year and repeat.”

In relays, the Pine Crest boys 3,200-meter relay team won a second straight championship. The team of sophomore Ron Knezevich, senior Joseph Cabral and juniors Alex Caldwell and Ryan Welch finished in a time of 8:04.28.

“Those guys just went out and competed,” Pine Crest coach Paul Baur said. “On the last leg we were down by 20 meters, awesome last leg by Joseph Cabral.”

CLASS 2A BOYS’ STATE TRACK — Team standings (champion, Broward teams): 1. Hallandale 56; 4. American Heritage 35; 11. Calvary Christian 18; 16. Cardinal Gibbons 13. Individual results (champion, Broward finishers): 3,200 relay: 1. Pine Crest 8:04.28; Calvary Christian 8:06.07; 110 hurdles: 1. Musgrove (Hall) 13.92; 6. Washington (Hall) 14.86. 100: 1. Gardner (Cocoa) 10.38; 5. Gibson (AH) 10.68; 7. Shivers (CM) 10.78. 1,600: 1. Vaughan (Wolf) 4:19.42; 3. Lacy (CalC) 4:28.56. 400 relay: American Heritage 41.72; 2. Hallandale 42.15; 4. Coral Springs Charter 42.47; 6. Glades Central 42.63. 400: 1. Alexandre (Hall) 48.06; 2. James (CG) 48.61. 300 IM hurdles: 1. Musgrove (Hall) 37.87; 4, Crittenden (Hall) 39.24. 800: 1. Small (BTW) 1:57.033; Cabreal (PC) 1:57.75. 200: 1. Gardner (Cocoa) 21.12; 3. Alexandre (Hall) 21.65; 4. Gibson (AH) 21.75; 6. Shives (CM) 22.19. 3,200: 1. Vaughan (Wolf) 9:21.15; 5. Kennedy (PC) 9:40.13; 8. Welch (PC) 9:43.62. 1,600 relay: 1. American Heritage 3:16.38; 5. Cardinal Gibbons 3:20.30; 6. Hallandale 3:21.34. Shot put: 1. Carter (Pal) 56-4. Discus: 1. Carter (Pal) 164-9; 3. Petit-Homme (AH) 155-1; 5. Sims (CalC) 149-11. High jump: 1. Schultheis (Astro) 6-8. Long jump: 1. Eady (WSH) 22-4.5. Triple jump: Honeycutt (Godby) 45-10; 4. Bridges (PC) 45-1.5. Pole vault: 1. Bell (BK) 16-1; 6. Reising (PB) 13-6.

CLASS 2A GIRLS’ STATE TRACK — Team standings (champion, Broward teams): 1. Hallandale 105; 6. Pine Crest 26; 8. American Heritage 22. Individual results (champion, Broward finishers): 3,200 relay: 1. Bolles 9:29.89; 4. Pine Crest 9:50.92. 100 hurdles: 1. Rushing (Hall) 13.2; 2. Simmons (Hall) 13.81; 5. Strackman (Hall) 14.51. 100: 1. .Steele (Pas) 11.44. 1,600: 1. Collier (Bolles) 4:59.60; 6. Montgomery (PC) 5:07.64. 400 relay: 1. Rockledge 47.49; 5. Hallandale 49.24; 7. Somerset 49.91. 400: 1. Bess (AH) 57.36; 3. Calcore (CalC) 59.02. 300 IM hurdles: 1. Rushing (Hall) 42.96; 2. Simmons (Hall) 43.83; 3. Strackman (Hall) 44.67. 800: 1. Collier (Bolles) 2:14.04; 5. Pinnell (NBP) 2:19.58. 200: 1. Singletary (Pax) 23.47; 6. Jean Pierre (Hall) 25.01; 8. Bess (AH) 25.57. 3,200: 1. Wilson (Bolles) 11:06.50; 2. Montgomery (PC) 11:07.08. 1,600 relay: 1. Hallandale 3:55.15; 4. American Heritage 3:57.59. Shot put: 1. Solomon (Godby) 41-6.75; 3. Heaven (Hall) 40-2.5; Kerr (PB) 35-2. Discus: 1. Ajabe (RE) 135-3; 2. Simmons (Hall) 130-2; Julmice (AH) 122-4. High jump: 1. Morman (Bay) 5-9; 3. Nelson (Hal) 5-6; 5. Lindo (PC) 5-4. Long jump: 1. Steele (Pas) 19-0; 2. Rushing (Hall) 18-4; 8. Claiborne (CG) 16-9.5. Triple jump: 1. Rushing (Hall) 40-5; 5. Nelson (Hall) 36-3.5. Pole vault: 1. Sheppard (RE) 13-3; 4. Logue (PC) 11-0; Brownell (CalC) 10-0.

CLASS 1A BOYS’ STATE TRACK — Team standings (champion, Broward teams): 1. Westminster Academy 69; 15. Highlands Christian 12; 22. Coral Springs Christian 10. Individual results (champion, Broward finishers): 3,200 relay: 1. Maclay 8:07.54; 6. Westminster Academy 8:30.31; 7. Berean Christian 8:35.54; 8. Highlands Christian 8:36.46. 110 hurdles: 1. Jackson (FAMU) 14.39; 2. Desir (WA) 14.54. 100: 1. Philllips (Foun) 10.77; 7. Julien (HiC) 11.08. 1,600: 1. Martins (WP) 4:20.39. 400 relay: First Academy 42.81; 2. King’s Academy 44.78. 400: 1. Williams (WA) 48.93. 300 IM hurdles: 1. Desir (WA) 39.58; 3. Zolnowski (SFH) 40.30; 4. Thomas (CSC) 40.60. 800: 1. Robin (CC) 1:57.23; 6. Sastre (WA) 2:02.85; 7. Montero-Stube (BeC) 2:04.36. 200: 1. Gray (AF) 21.80; 5. Cabral (WA) 22.63. 1,200: 1. Martins (WP) 9:16.67; 3. Szklany (HC) 9:46.39; 4. McCraken (WA) 9:51.44; 7. Hindle (BoC) 9:53.64. 1,600 relay: 1. Maclay 3:23.62; 5. Westminster Academy 3:29.33; 6. Highlands Christian 3:31.42. Shot put: 1. Wiggins (FAC) 54-9.75; 3. Miseyko (WA) 50-3.25; 4. Hankerson (WA) 50-2.5. Discus: 1. Johnson (SefC) 163-1; 2. Hankerson (WA) 157-4. High jump: 1. McClain (Ham) 6-4; 5. Moore (WA) 6-0; Bobb (CSC) 5-10. Long jump: 1. Irving (Sne) 22-3.5; 4. Cabral (WA) 21-1.75. Triple jump: 1. Ellis (PKY) 46-6.25. Pole vault: 1. McMichael (Evan) 16-2; 5. Thompson (WA) 13-0.

CLASS 1A GIRLS’ STATE TRACK — Team standings (champion, Broward teams): 1. Admiral Farragut 76; 6. Westminster Academy 36; 14. South Florida HEAT 13. Individual results (champion, Broward finishers): 3,200 relay: 1. Oak Hall 9:20.87; 6. South Florida HEAT 10:08.46. 100 hurdles: 1. McGee (AF) 13.98; 5. Carroll (HiC) 15.65. 100: 1. Daniels (Fac) 11.78; 3. Brown (WA) 12.31; 4. Durbak (CalC) 12.36. 1,600: 1. Candiano (Evan) 5:02.24; 7. Hoppe (WA) 5:27.52; 8. Hincapie (BC) 5:33.09. 400 relay: 1. Holy Trinity 49.56; 7. Westminster Academy 52.09. 400: 1. Evans (OH) 57.54. 300 IM hurdles: 1. McGee (AF) 44.39. 800: 1. Blair (OH) 2:13.70. 200: 1. Daniles (FAc) 24.41; 2. Brown (WA) 25.07. 3,200: 1. Candiano (Evan) 11:01.30. 1,600 relay: 1. Oak Hall 3:57.08. Shot put: 1. Paul (CSN) 38-3.25. Discus: 1. Paul (CSN) 133-1. High jump: 1. Cogsil (Ben) 5-4; 7. Oman (WA) 5-0. Long jump: 1. McGee (AF) 19-3.75; 3. Wirth (SFH) 17-6.75. Triple jump: 1. McGee (AF); 5. Christie (SFH) 35-7.25; 7. Cogsil (Ben) 25-1.5. Pole vault: 1. Sastre (WA) 11-3.

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