NOTE: Track and field Honor Roll is updated through Tuesday, April 21st.
By MANNY NAVARRO
State champions won't begin being crowned in track and field until a week from Friday in Jacksonville, but it's already been another season of elite, national performances put on by athletes throughout Miami-Dade and Broward Counties.
Entering Wednesday, there were at least 58 girls (24 sprinters, 17 hurdlers, 7 jumpers/vaulters, 5 throwers, 5 distance runners) and 32 boys (13 sprinters, 13 hurdlers, two jumpers, two throwers, two distance runners) from Dade and Broward ranked among the nation's elite according to DyeStat.com. There were also another 16 girls and 14 boys relay teams nationally ranked from the same two counties.
Here's an event-by-event look at the best of the best in South Florida.
JUMPS & VAULTS
> HIGH JUMP: Ponte Vedra's Nicole Green (6-0) has the best high jump in the state and the second-best in the nation. Locally, Northwestern junior Briana Eskridge, Hallandale senior Aisha Nelson, Douglas senior Gillian Morrison and Coral Reef senior Taylor Dames were tied for the fourth-best high jumps in the state and 19th-best jumps nationally at 5-feet, 8-inches. Last year Hallandale's Equisha Alvin became the latest Dade-Broward high jumper to win a state title at the Class 2A meet. She jumped 5-7.
> POLE VAULT: Ransom Everglades senior Nati Sheppard, headed to Duke University, has the best pole vault in the state this year -- a vault of 12-feet, 6-inches at the Pine Crest Panther Relays on March 7. It ranks 12th nationally according to DyeStat.com. Others ranked among the state's best: Westminster Academy senior Karin Sastre and Pine Crest's Taylor Loque, who each vaulted 11 feet. There hasn't been a local pole vault state champion since Cypress Bay's Emily Gale in 2011. She cleared 12-feet.
> LONG JUMP: Golden Gate junior Darlene Charles posted the best, non-wind influenced long jump in the state at the Florida Relays (19-5.75). Locally, Hallandale junior Kimani Rushing has the third-best long jump in the state at 18-10. It ranks 21st nationally. Other locals whose jumps are worthy of elite national status but aren't ranked because they performed in an event with no wind index: Flanagan sophomore Devin D'Oliveira (19-2), Southridge sophomore Courtney Gibson (18-11.5), Gulliver Prep freshman Jazmyn Smith (18-11) and sophomore Antonia Spencer (18-9.5) and Northwestern sophomore Taranique Alexander (18-8.5).
> TRIPLE JUMP: Hallandale's Kimani Rushing has the top, non-wind aided long jump in the state at 40-feet, 2 1/4 inches. She posted it at the Texas Relays and it ranks sixth nationally according to DyeStat.com. Northwestern's Taranique Alexander had a jump of 38-10 at the Bob Hayes invitational, second-longest locally. But it took place without a wind index. Other top marks locally: McArthur senior Nastolgia Smith (38-8, NWI), Douglas's Gillian Morrison (38-2, 6th state, legal), Ferguson senior Kamaria Johnson (37-10.5, NWI), Killian senior Brianna Payne (37-2.5) and Northwestern's Briana Eskridge (37-1.5).
> HIGH JUMP: Booker T. Washington senior Vaquan Small posted the second-best high jump in the state at 6-feet, 9 1/2 inches at the District 16-2A meet. It ranks 31st nationally. Boyd Anderson junior Phillip Lee's high jump of 6-9 ranks third in the state and 32nd nationally. Other local high jumpers tied for 10th in state with a high jump of 6 feet, 6 inches, but unranked nationally: Booker T. senior Pierre Thelon, Miramar senior Jovon Durante, Carol City junior Montray Smith, Homestead senior Carl Robertgeau and Boyd Anderson senior Shevon Phipps.
> POLE VAULT: There hasn't been a pole vault state champion since St. Thomas Aquinas' Nicolas Shepard won the 4A title in 2012, and there doesn't look like there will be another this year. The best locally is Pompano Beach senior Andrew Reising, who vaulted 14-feet at the BCAA Championships. St. Thomas Aquinas junior Cameron Long came in right behind Reising at 13-6. Reising's vault is tied for 13th best in the state and Long is tied for 26th.
> LONG JUMP: Naples junior Tyler Byrd is the only long jumper in the state with a non-wind aided, legal jump ranked among the nation's best. He had a jump of 23-feet, 5-inches at the Florida Relays. Boyd Anderson's Phillip Lee's jump of 22-5.75 ranks fourth in the state among legal (non-wind aided) jumps. Other locals whose long jumps were wind-aided, but impressive: South Dade junior James Wiggins (23-2.5), Westminster Academy senior Jordan Cabral (22-2.5), Fort Lauderdale junior Bradley Fleurinord (22-2.5), Ely senior Gregory Winston (22-2), Cardinal Gibbons sophomore Daniel Wright (22-1) and North Miami junior Nitchev Casseus (22-0).
> TRIPLE JUMP: Most of the state's top triple jumpers from Dade and Broward have high, unrecognized marks because there was no win instrument on hand to measure them at the meet. Among the leaders: Boyd Anderson senior Lenny Laguerre (46-0), Ely senior Gregory Winston (45-11), Coconut Creek junior Binjimen Victor (45-8.25), St. Thomas Aquinas senior Austin Pryce (45-5.5), South Dade junior Jesse Jeudi (45-4.5), McArthur senior Michael Cambridge (45-4.5), Coconut Creek junior Ricky Lewis (45-3.75), Ely senior Steven Nesbitt (45-1), Boyd Anderson's Shevon Phillips (45-0.5).
> DISCUS: Monarch senior Phoebe Gustely has the longest discus throw in the state and 31st-longest nationally this year at 144 feet, four-inches. She did it at the District 12-4A meet last week. Northeast senior Camora Sanders' throw of 136-6 at the Florida Relays ranks third in the state, 77th nationally. Other locals with elite throws include Northwestern freshman Chanel Dawson (130-05, 7th in state) and sophomore Kayla Clark (127-09, 12th). Hallandale senior Lamisha Simmons (131-0, 6th) and Ransom Everglades' Debbie Ajabe (128-3, 10th), giving Dade and Broward half of the top discus throwers in the state.
> SHOT PUT: Northeast's Camora Sanders, headed to Virginia Commonwealth University, posted the longest shot put in the state this season and 36th longest nationally (44 feet, 1 inch) at the BCAA championships last month. Aquinas junior Shanell Atkins (43-10) and Northwestern's Kaylah Clark (43-5) round out the top three shot put throws in the state this year. Atkins ranks 39th nationally and Clark 49th. Other top locals include Northeast junior Kameliah Style (40-09, 7th in state) and Northwestern's Chanel Dawson (39-4, 12th). That's five of the top 12 in the state.
> DISCUS: Only two discus throwers in the state, West Florida senior Dane Stolsig (169-6) and Pace's Chris Clark (164-6) have throws ranked among the nation's elite according to Dyestat.com. But according to Athletic.net, some of the locals rank among the state's best: Central senior Aaron Hanna (155-08), Westminster Academy senior Hozie Hankerson (151-3), Archbishop McCarthy senior Joseph Bost (149-01), Ely senior Jefferson Roseme (148-7.5) and American Heritage senior Fedner Petit-Homme (144-2).
> SHOT PUT: Central's Aaron Hanna and Norland senior William Gordon are the only two shot put throwers in the state who are among those nationally ranked by DyeStat.com. Hanna's throw of 57-feet, 10-inches at the Florida Relays on April ranks 49th nationally and tops the state. Gordon's throw at the District 16-3A meet last week of 57-9 ranks 50th. Other locals ranked among the state's best, but not nationally recognized: Archbishop McCarthy's Joseph Bost (52-0, 13th), St. Thomas Aquinas senior Kyle Raunig (561-3, 20th), Jackson senior Christopher Mainer (51-1), Cardinal Gibbons junior Elijah Daniels (50-6.5) and Westminster Academy senior Luke Miseyko (50-4.5, 28th).
> 100 METERS: St. Thomas Aquinas senior Krystal Sparling (11.65) and junior Khalifa St. Fort (11.68) have the second and third fastest legal times in the state this year behind Orlando First Academy senior Teahna Daniels (11.61). Sparling's time ranks fifth nationally and St. Fort ranks seventh. They ran both times at the BCAA championships last month. Northwestern senior La'Kayla Harris' time of 11.71 seconds at the District 16-4A meet ranks fourth in the state and the ninth-fastest in the country. Northwestern sophomore Twanisha Terry posted the fifth-fastest time in the state and 12th-fastest in the nation (11.79) at that same meet. Southridge sophomore Symone Mason posted an 11.81 at the regional meet this week, the sixth-fastest time in the state and tied for 14th nationally. St. Thomas Aquinas senior Diamond Spaulding posted a 11.98 (12th-fastest in state, 44th nationally) at the BCAA championships. Both Spaulding and Sparling are headed to Texas A&M next year. Other locals with fast, legal times in the 100 meters include Hallandale's Kamari Rushing (12.01), Northwestern freshman Shamarah Shannon (12.03), Flanagan senior Daja Bush (12.05) and Northwestern senior Alexis Harrell (12.08).
> 200 METERS: Nine of the nation's top 40 times in the 200-meters come from within Dade and Broward Counties' borders. Northwestern's La'Kayla Harris has the third-fastest time in the country and tops in the state (23.56) this season. Southridge's Symone Mason (23.57) ranks fourth nationally, and Northwestern's Twanisha Terry (23.85) ranks sixth. Those are the top three times in the state. St. Thomas Aquinas' Krystal Sparling (24.04) and Diamond Spaulding (24.05) have the 11th and 13th fastest times nationally. American senior Lenysse Dyer (24.13) has the nation's 14th fastest time. Others nationally ranked include St. Thomas Aquinas' Khalifa St. Fort (24.31, 23rd) and Northwestern's Shamarah Shannon (24.33, 24th) and Alexis Harrell (24.50, 40th).
> 400 METERS: Orlando Oak Ridge's Sharrika Barnett posted the nation's fastest time in the 400 meters at the Bob Hayes Classic this year at 53.32 seconds. American's Lenysse Dyer wasn't far behind. On Tuesday, she ran the third-fastest time in the state and fifth fastest in the nation according to Dyestat.com (54.24) at the Region 4-4A meet. She's one of nine runners in Dade and Broward ranked among the nation's Top 77 times in the event. Southridge's Symone Mason's run of 54.78 seconds at the Bob Hayes Classic ranks fifth in the state, 15th nationally. St. Thomas Aquinas senior Alon Lewis (54.91) ranks sixth in the state, 20th nationally. Boyd Anderson junior Chyna-Joi Staton (55.76) ranks 12th in the state, 47th nationally. American Heritage seventh-grader Danielle Bess (55.89) ranks 13th in the state, 59th nationally. Southridge sophomore Kayla Johnson (55.91) ranks 14th in the state, 60th nationally. Northeast senior Kayla Woulard (56.04) ranks 15th in the state, 67th nationally. St. Thomas Aquinas's Diamond Spaulding (56.11) ranks 17th in the state, 75th nationally. Northwestern's La'Kayla Harris (56.13) ranks 18th in the state, 77th nationally.
> 100 METERS: Three runners from Broward have posted nationally elite times in the 100 meters this year, two count in the rankings because there was no wind aided influence. West Broward senior Isaiah Taylor, headed to the University of Miami on track scholarship, ran the fastest official time in the state and sixth-fastest in the nation at 10.52 seconds at the BCAA South Qualifer on March 17. Miramar freshman Terrence Horne Jr. is credited with a 10.58 in the same race, giving him the 12th fastest time in the nation. American Heritage star quarterback Torrance Gibson ran a 10.59 at the District 15-2A meet last week, but its not official because there was no wind measuring instrument. Other top local times this year: Plantation senior Khai McLin (10.63, 4th in state), Killian junior Dicaprio Bootle (10.64, NWI), Chaminade freshman Shaun Shivers (10.69, NWI), Coral Gables junior Amir Rasul (10.70, NWI; 10.71, 11th in state official time) and South Dade senior Javaonte Dean (10.73, NWI).
> 200 METERS: Plantation's Khai McLin is credited with the second-fastest official time in the state and seventh in the nation this year in the 200 meters at 21.28 seconds. He ran it at the BCAA North Central Qualifier on March 17. Other officially recognized top national times from locals: Killian's Dicaprio Bootle (21.52, 5th state, 16th nationally) and Coral Gables' Amir Rasul (21.53, 6th state, 17th nationally). They completed those at regionals this week. Other non-official top times from locals: American Heritage's Torrance Gibson (21.30), Chaminade's Shaun Shivers (21.32), Hallandale senior Oliver Alexandre (21.33).
> 400 METERS: American senior Ari Cogdell, headed to the University of Tennessee on scholarship, posted the state's fastest and the nation's fourth-fastest time this year in the 400 meters (46.60) at the Region 4-4A meet this week. Cogdell is one of eight locals with nationally recognized times. The others: St. Thomas Aquinas freshman Jamal Walton (47.40, 2nd state, 11th nationally), Hallandale's Oliver Alexandre (47.55, 3rd state, 18th nationally), Ely senior Markevious Roach (47.64, 4th state, 20th nationally), St. Thomnas Aquinas senior Rasheed Tatham (47.73, 5th state, 23rd nationally), Southridge senior Tyler Johnson (47.88, 6th state, 27th nationally), South Dade's Javaonte Dean (48.16, 9th state, 40th nationally) and Nova junior Vanzel Burnett (48.17, 10th state, 41st nationally).
> 100-METER HURDLES: Northwestern junior Timetria Mitchell posted the fourth-fastest 100-meter hurdles time (13.72) in the country and fastest in the state at last month's Hallandale Invitational. Hallandale's Kimani Rushing (13.96, 5th in state, 13th nationally) and senior Channel Freman (14.07, 7th in state, 24th nationally) aren't far behind. Other locals with times among the nation's elite include Northeast senior Jeyland Valentin (14.30, 8th in state, 29th nationally), Northwestern sophomore Ariyanna Val (14.36, 9th in state, 32nd nationally), Southridge senior Kayla White (14.36, 9th in state, 32nd nationally), Jackson sophomore Tiara McMinn (14.47, 14th in state, 50th nationally) and Northwestern senior Shamaria Lovett (14.50, 15th in state, 54th nationally).
> 300-METER HURDLE: Hallandale's Kimani Rushing posted the fourth-fastest 300-meter hurdles time in the nation and fastest in the state (42.06 seconds) at the Texas Relays on March 28. Other locals with nationally recognized times include Northwestern's Shamaria Lovett (42.47, 3rd state, 12th nationally), Northeast's Jeyland Valentin (42.70, 4th in state, 17th nationally), Northwestern's Timetria Mitchell (42.77, 5th state, 19th nationally), Hallandale senior Lamisha Simmons (42.84, 6th state, 23rd nationally), Northwestern sophomore DeAndreah Young (43.76, 9th state, 51st nationally), Hallandale junior Tia Strackman (43.94, 11th state, 61st nationally), Northwestern's Ariyanna Val (44.31, 13th state, 84th nationally), Hallandale's Devin D'Oliveira (44.47, 14th state, 96th nationally).
> 110-METER HURDLES: Three Broward County athletes posted times among the nation's eight fastest in the 110-meter hurdles this year. Northeast sophomore Damion Thomas posted the fastest time in the state at the Florida Relays with a blazing mark of 13.64 seconds back on April 4. St. Thomas Aquinas sophomore Trevon Grimes (13.79, 2nd state, 6th nationally) and Hallandale senior Antwuan Musgrove (13.86, 3rd state, 8th nationally) posted their marks at the Texas Relays. Other locals with times ranked among the state's best: Boyd Anderson junior Glenn Durosier (14.40, 7th), Ely senior Steven Nesbitt (14.46, 9th) and American senior Kevin Turner (14.60, 15th).
> 300-METER HURDLES: Seven of the nation's fastest 73 times were set by Dade and Broward athletes. Hallandale's Antwuan Musgrove tops that list. He ran a 36.72 at the Texas Relays on March 28, the third-fastest time in the nation and fastest in the state. Northeast's Damion Thomas (37.39, 3rd state, 14th nationally), St. Thomas Aquinas' Trevon Grimes (37.42, 4th state, 16th nationally) aren't far behind. Others on the list: Ely's Steven Nesbitt (38.01, 7th state, 42nd nationally), Carol City senior Lannoris Graden (38.16, 9th state, 53rd nationally), Pompano Beach senior Jayson Francois (38.34, 12th state, 71st nationally) and Northwestern freshman Thomas Burns (38.38, 13th state, 73rd nationally).
> 4X100 METER RELAY: Northwestern, the defending Class 3A state champions, posted the nation's second-fastest time (45.67 seconds) at the Florida Relays earlier this month. Other local teams with nationally recognized times: Southridge (46.15, 2nd state, 8th nationally), St. Thomas Aquinas (46.65, 4th state, 13th nationally), Northeast (47.44, 5th state, 54th nationally), Hallandale (47.47, 6th state, 55th nationally) and Killian (47.90, 10th state, 85th nationally).
> 4X400 METER RELAY: Northwestern posted the third-fastest time in the country of 3 minutes, 44.38 seconds at the Florida Relays earlier this month. St. Thomas Aquinas ran the fourth-fastest time, 3:45.67 at the District 13-4A meet last week. Other top locals include: Southridge (3:45.69, 3rd state, 5th nationally), Northeast (3:46.14, 4th state, 8th nationally), Boyd Anderson (3:49.68, 6th state, 24th nationally), Hallandale (3:53.73, 8th state, 53rd nationally), American (3:55.54, 9th state, 72nd nationally) and Flanagan (3:55.77, 10th state, 76th nationally).
> 4X800 METER RELAY: Northwestern posted the nation's fourth-fastest and state's fastest time at the Florida Relays (9:12.90) earlier this month. Only one other local team is nationally ranked in this event: Ferguson, which posted 9:24.54 at the Region 4-4A meet this week. It's the fifth-fastest time in the state and 25th fastest nationally.
> 4X100 METER RELAY: Seven schools from Dade and Broward are ranked among the fastest in the nation in the boys' 4x100-meter relay: Plantation (41.47, 5th state, 24th nationally), Miramar (41.60, 7th, 38th), St. Thomas Aquinas (41.64, 8th, 40th), Northwestern (41.76, 11th, 52nd), Booker T. Washington (41.85, 12th, 58th), American Heritage (41.85, 12th, 58th) and West Broward (41.86, 14th, 61st).
> 4X400 METER RELAY: The two fastest 4x400-meter relay teams in the country call Miami-Dade County home: American (3:12.86) and Northwestern (3:13.92). Those teams put those blazing times up at the Florida Relays back on April 4. In all, five local programs are ranked among the nation's top 12-fastest teams. The others: St. Thomas Aquinas (3:15.29, 3rd state, 9th nationally), American Heritage (3:15.71, 4th, 11th) and Ely (3:15.72, 5th, 12th).
> 4x800 METER RELAY: Two of the nation's top 19 fastest 4x800-meter relay teams call South Florida home. Coral Reef's GMAC championship team posted the nation's ninth fastest time last month at 7:50.24. Boyd Anderson's Florida Relays-winning squad posted the 19th-fastest time at 7:53.87.
> 800 METERS: Ransom Everglades junior Lauren Archer posted the fourth-fastest 800-meter time in the state this year (2:14.46) at the FSU Relays on March 26. It ranks 79th nationally. Other locals ranked among the state's best, but not nationally recognized: North Broward Prep freshman Katie Pinnell (2:15.74, sixth), Ransom Everglades eighth-grader Jatana Folston (2:17.60, 14th) and Jackson sophomore Daesha Rogers (2:17.71, 15th).
> 1600 METERS: Ransom Everglades' Lauren Archer (5:00.33) ran the third fastest time in the state Wednesday night at regionals and it ranks 79th nationally. Pine Crest junior Julia Montogomery ran the fifth-fastest time in the state and 90th fastest in the country (5:00.95) at the FSU relays on March 28. Other locals ranked among the state's best, but not nationally recognized: St. Thomas Aquinas junior Alexa Cruz (5:03.67, 8th), Gulliver Prep junior Alyssa Pujals (5:09.80, 19th) and North Broward Prep's Katie Pinnell (5:11.36).
> 3200 METERS: Pine Crest's Julia Montgomery posted the second-fastest time in the state and 44th fastest in the nation (10:43.16) at the FSU Relays on March 26. St. Thomas's Alexa Cruz also posted one of the nation's top times (10:48.90, 4th state, 75th nationally) at the Jeff Wentworth Invitational back on March 7. Other locals ranked among the state's best, but not nationally recognized: Ransom Everglades sophomore Beatriz Ruan (11:06.06, 11th), Gulliver Prep's Alyssa Pujals (11:06.58, 12th), Lourdes sophomore Sabrina Quijano (11:09.88, 15th) and St. Thomas Aquinas seniors Brianna Rischar (11:18.98, 21st) and Margaret Schloss (11:19.49, 23rd).
> 800 METERS: Boyd Anderson senior Javon Patterson, headed to Kansas State, posted the state's second-fastest and nation's 15th-fastest time in the 800 meters (1:52.49) at the Florida Relays back on April 4th. Other local runners considered among the state's best, but not nationally ranked: Columbus junior Humberto Freire (1:54.75, 7th), St. Thomas Aquinas junior Yohance Haynes (1:54.86, 8th), Coral Reef junior Derwin Moultrie (1:55.79, 13th), Sunset senior Malik Gunter (1:56.02, 17th), Archibshop McCarthy senior Jeremy Farrell (1:56.20, 19th).
> 1600 METERS: Coral Reef senior Carlin Berryhill's 1600-meter time of 4:17.10 at the FSU Relays didn't break into the nation's elite, but it was on the cusp. It's the fourth-fastest time in the state this year. Other locals with top recognized times in the state: St. Thomas Aquinas senior Bryce Statham (4:18.87, 13th), Sunset senior Nick Diaz (4:19.50, 15th), Belen Jesuit senior Ryan Rodriguez (4:19.72) and Pembroke Pines Charter senior Carlos Penaranda (4:21.34, 23rd).
> 3200 METERS: Sunset's Nick Diaz, headed to Florida, is the only local runner among six in the state to post nationally elite times in the 3200-meter run. Diaz ran a 9:15.17 at the FSU Relays on March 26th that ranks sixth in the state, 90th nationally. Other locals with top-30 state times in the 3200 meters: Coral Reef's Carlin Berryhill (9:20.37, 8th) and senior Kurt Convey (9:27.70, 4th), Ransom Everglades junior Gaby Correa (9:30.49, 16th) and Pine Crest sophomore Michael Kennedy (9:36.07, 24th).
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