New York, New York – Florida athletes showcased their skills at the recent Nike Indoor Nationals in New York, putting in some impressive performances against tough competition. Among the standout performers was Jaden Lippett from Winter Haven, who took the title in the triple jump with a personal best mark of 50’8.75″ (15.45 meters). Lippett’s jump ranks among the all-time top three in Florida high school history and is currently the US #1 mark for the 2022-2023 indoor season.
Aidan Dixon, who was leading both the indoor and outdoor 400 meter dash events nationally, finished as the runner-up with a time of 47.34, just behind Tavon Underwood of Real Training (CO), who won with a time of 47.32.
Freshman Skyler Franklin from Western High School qualified for the finals in both the 200 and 400 meter dash events and earned All-American honors with new personal records of 23.91 seconds for the 200 meters (third place) and 55.34 seconds for the 400 meters (fourth place).
Ellis Weekley of Berkeley Prep also earned All-American honors, accumulating a total of 3,370 points in the girls pentathlon. Weekley finished in the top five of four out of five events, including a second place finish in the 60 meter hurdles.
The Buchholz boys 4×1 mile relay team, consisting of Evan Fleming, Riley Smith, Gino Palazollo, and Mason Kawaja, also put in a strong performance, earning All-American honors with a sixth place finishing time of 18:03.
In the middle school boys mile, Xander Muchallah from the Miami Vice Project showed great promise, finishing in seventh place with a time of 4:46.44.
These impressive performances by Florida athletes at the Nike Indoor Nationals highlight the strength and depth of talent in the state’s running community. Congratulations to all the athletes who represented Florida with pride and determination!