Bradenton, FL – As we approach the highly anticipated FLYRA Middle School State Championships scheduled for May 13 at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, there are several noteworthy performances from the current middle school track and field season that hint at an exciting competition in two months.

In the sprint events, Vanessa Waite of Hope Preparatory Academy has already shown impressive speed in the 100m and 200m events, with times of 11.92 and 24.58, respectively. Derrick Cooper from Broward Millennium Middle School is another standout in the boys’ 100m event, having clocked a time of 11.10.

Middle-distance races have also seen remarkable performances, with Cheyenne Thomas of Red Sea Running Club running the 800m in 2:23.35, while Jacob Rogers of the Ocala Distance Project has taken the spotlight in the boys’ 800m event, winning the Florida Indoor Championships with a time of 2:08.31. Annabella Tomasic from The Christ School has shown her potential in the girls’ 1600m with a time of 5:10.36, while Marcelo Mantecon of Belen Jesuit Preparatory School leads the boys’ category with a time of 4:37.76.

In the 3000m event, Collin Moore of the Ocala Distance Project has already made a mark by running an impressive time of 9:52.19 at the Florida / Georgia Challenge. Sydney Johnson of No Excuses RC has also shown her prowess in the girls’ category, clocking a time of 10:16.56 during the North Florida Youth Track League Series #2.

In the field events, Anna Phillips of Circle Christian School has already cleared 5-0.75 in the high jump, while Tyson Janda of Lakeside Junior High has reached 6-0 in the boys’ category. Maya Calle from Ransom Everglades School has shown incredible strength in the girls’ discus with a throw of 204-8.75, and Ky-Mani Sellers of Oak Park School leads the boys’ shot put with a distance of 47-10.25.

Relay teams have also demonstrated their talent, with Oakleaf Junior High School’s girls’ 4x100m team posting a time of 51.59 and Carol City Middle School’s boys’ 4x400m team clocking in at 3:51.56.

With many talented athletes set to compete at the FLYRA Middle School State Championships, we can expect thrilling races, exciting field events, and impressive performances as these young athletes showcase their potential. Keep an eye on these names as we approach the championship event, and prepare for a memorable day of middle school track and field action.