Northwestern girls, Boyd Anderson boys win Region 4-3A track titles



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 pretty 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 placed 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. Terry 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 back on April 4th. 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.

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 champions

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.

June 14, 2014

Mark Walton's commitment to Miami 'as solid as they come' with reclassification to 2015 class

Mark Walton, Miami Booker T. Washington’s stud running back and University of Miami commitment, has reclassified to the Class of 2015.

Walton and his coach Tim Harris Jr. confirmed Walton’s move up from the Class of 2016 on Saturday while participating in the Miami Dolphins 7-on-7 tournament at Plantation Park.

With the news, UM’s 2015 recruiting class is now up to 15 members and ranked ninth overall in the country by 247Sports. Running backs Jordan Cronkrite from Westminster Christian and Dexter Williams from Winter Garden West Orange are also committed to the Canes, who could boast one of the most talented backfields in the country with former Miami Central back Joseph Yearby already enrolled.

"Man, that would be a great backfield," Walton said.

Harris said Walton’s process began at the end of last season, and included Walton taking a night-school class and online classes to meet requirements.

“He dedicated to wanting to reclassify and we’ve been all behind him,” Harris said. “Every kid’s situation is a little different, and we want to help Mark to be able to one day do all the things he wants to do for himself and his family.”

Walton, who visited UM on Tuesday with teammates including wide receiver Antonio Callaway and cornerback Devante Davis, said the Canes’ coaching staff was elated to hear the news.

“The coaching staff was excited, and I’m excited about it, too,” Walton said. “When I saw they’re reaction, my reaction went up.”

Walton -- who has seen his recruitment slow in recent months -- hopes to receive offers from Alabama, Wisconsin, Notre Dame and Arkansas, but still relishes his close relationships with the Canes staff, including running back coach Hurlie Brown.

“I try to convince people to come to the University of Miami and get that swagger back down in Coral Gables, and try to get the tradition back going and try to win a National Championship,” Walton said.

Added Harris: “He’s still committed to Miami. He’s as solid as they come.”

September 27, 2013

Hurricanes on the Horizon: Nigel Bethel II

NigelBethel_RickRossEditor’s Note: Welcome to the first Hurricanes on the Horizon post here on the Miami Herald’s high school sports blog. This will be the first of many blog posts bringing you updates from University of Miami oral commitments in South Florida.

First up is the soft-spoken Nigel Bethel II, a Miami Booker T. Washington cornerback who has been committed to Al Golden and the Hurricanes since July. Bethel, formerly known as Nigel Pattontalks about a unique perk of playing for the No. 1 high school football team in the nation, how things are going in his personal life, and where he stands with the University of Miami.

On Wednesday night, some of my teammates and I met Rick Ross at Dave & Busters in Hollywood. It was cool meeting him. He's from Miami so he heard about us being the No. 1 team in the country so he wanted to meet us, and we didn't find out till the night of. It was a great experience though. He just said have tunnel vision, and stay focused because it ain't nothing out here in these streets. He was happy I'm committed to Miami and said ain't nothing better than putting on for the crib.

It's great being a 4-year starter at a top program like Booker T. We play Pace [Friday] at Pace so it should be a good game. I'm not recruiting anyone [to UM at the moment]. I'm trying to focus on winning a national title. We never won one.

Outside of football, I just brought Drake’s new album and I'm playing Grand Theft Auto 5 as we speak lol. This is my first time playing GTA in about six years. I don't know how to do nothing on here. Drake Cd's amazing. He's my favorite artist -- him and Kanye West.

I’m going to take an official visit to West Virginia on Oct. 19 with [my wide receiver teammate and Mountaineers commitment] Lamar Parker. My other visits [to Utah and Texas Tech] have been fun and been great experiences. I'm just going just to have fun that's all.

The UM coaches don't think much of me taking visits at all because they know I’m a 100 percent Miami boy.

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