Future Bulls Joyer, Lamar seek state track titles
We've written a lot about the success of three future USF football players in leading Miami Monsignor Pace to a Class 2A state track championship on Saturday, and the Bulls will again be represented well at the Class 3A meet in Winter Park on Friday.
The best bet to win a state title looks to be offensive lineman Kamran Joyer of Wesley Chapel, who has easily the state's best mark in the shot put. His qualifying mark of 56 feet, 9 inches, is a full five feet farther than anyone else in his class has posted. Joyer, who finished second in the state in weightlifting last month, also will compete in the discus, where his qualifying mark of 148 feet, 10 inches, ranks eighth out of 16 finalists.
If you're looking for sprints, then Hillsborough's Lindsey Lamar, headed to USF as a running back and return specialist, has that covered. Lamar will compete in the 100, 200 and 400 meters, with the potential for multiple podium finishes as Pace's Derrick Hopkins, Kayvon Webster and Sterling Griffin did last week.
Lamar has 3A's second-fastest time in the 100 meters -- his 10.69 trails only the 10.61 recorded by Gainesville Eastside's John Little, who is headed to Charleston Southern and will face the Bulls in Tampa in September. Lamar and Little will meet again in the 200 meters, where Lamar's qualifying time of 21.85 seconds is third-best, but within 0.05 seconds of the best time in the field. Lamar goes into the 400 with the fourth-best time at 48.85 seconds.
Another name to watch Friday is Bradenton Manatee's 4x100 relay, which has Tracy "Ace" Sanders, a receiver that USF is recruiting hard, potentially following Manatee QB Brion Carnes to Tampa.
The Class 4A meet is Saturday, and one name of note there is former Largo quarterback Ryan Eppes, who is expected to walk on at USF this fall. Eppes has qualified in the long jump and has the 11th-best qualifying mark at 21 feet, 9 inches. We'll have more from the track events this weekend ...