The FHSAA State Track and Field Championships are set to take place on May 19th at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. As we reach the midpoint of the outdoor season, athletes and teams are gearing up for the big event. Here’s a midseason state preview highlighting some of the top outdoor performances so far, along with notable indoor achievements to watch out for.
In the boys’ events, Zamarri Sanders leads the 100m with a time of 10.40s. Christian Miller holds the top spot outdoors in the 200m with a time of 20.78 but will have a problem holding up Issam Asinga’s indoor time of 20.48. Aidan Dixon has been dominant in the 400m, clocking in at 46.95 during the East Coast Classic. Dixon’s impressive indoor performance of 46.98 at the Florida Indoor Championships is also worth mentioning. In the 800m, Joseph Socarras is the current leader with a time of 1:53.22, while Miguel Pantojas clocked an outstanding 1:50.58 indoors. David Serra and Patrick Koon lead the 1600m and 3200m events with times of 4:09.83 and 8:53.88, respectively.
For the girls’ events, Cynteria James tops the leaderboard in both the 100m and 200m events with times of 11.50 and 23.31, respectively. Adaejah Hodge, has yet to run the 200m outdoors, but she did just break the U18 and U20 200m world record when she ran 22.33 at New Balance Nationals Indoor. Skyler Franklin leads the 400m with a time of 53.37s. Layla Haynes holds the top position in the 800m at 2:09.38. Lindy White and Jillian Candelino lead the 1600m and 3200m events with times of 4:57.20 and 10:37.55, respectively.
In the hurdles, Matthew McKnight and Aleesa Samuel are the top contenders in the boys’ 110mH and girls’ 100mH, clocking in at 14.17s and 13.26, respectively. Aleesa Samuel also boasts an impressive 8.27 indoor time in the 60mH. Ritch Dieujuste and Dezire Gee lead the 400mH with times of 53.50 and 1:02.52, respectively.
The top relay teams to watch are Sanford Seminole HS in the boys’ 4x100m, Miami Northwestern HS in the boys’ 4x400m, and Flagler Palm Coast HS in the boys’ 4x800m. On the girls’ side, Miami Southridge HS leads the 4x100m, Chaminade-Madonna College Prep the 4x400m, and Dillard HS the 4x800m.
In field events, notable leaders include Kyren Washington in the high jump, Brayan Augustin in the long jump, Jaden Lippett in the triple jump, and Jason Olivera Jr in the pole vault for the boys. For the girls, Mia Burns leads the high jump, Sanaa Geter tops the long jump, Chelsi Williams dominates the triple jump, and Skye Tolbert holds the top spot in the pole vault.
As we approach the FHSAA State Track and Field Championships, these athletes and teams will be looking to maintain their form and make their mark on the big stage. Be sure to keep an eye on these competitors as they continue to deliver exceptional performances throughout the remainder of the season.