Athlete of the year: Shaquem Griffin, Jr., Lakewood
Why we picked him: No one dominated the triple jump in the county quite like Shaquem Griffin, who won his signature event at nearly every major meet. At the 2A state meet, he leaped past competitors to win his first state title in 48 feet, 41/2 inches. The mark was second best among all competitors at state regardless of classification (Hillsborough’s Jeremiah Green went 50-3.5). Griffin joined Northside Christian’s Mario Ojeda (800 meters) as the only county state champions. What set Griffin apart was that he also teamed with Raymon Cleveland, Shaquill Griffin and Tim Holmes to win the 4x400 relay in 3:20.61.
Most impressive accomplishment: In the 4x400 relay, the Spartans were in jeopardy of not placing among the top four through the first two legs of the meet. Shaquem and his twin brother, Shaquill, helped make up ground, so much so that Tim Holmes, the anchor leg, was able to lunge across the finish one-hundredth of a second ahead of Pahokee.
Did you know? Shaquem also is one of the county’s top defensive backs with several offers from college, including Akron, Ball State, Massachusetts and Western Kentucky.
What’s next: Shaquem will participate in football camps and 7-on-7 tournaments this summer to gear up for football season. His time on the track will be limited until football season ends in November.
High jump, Ben Kieler, Jr., Clearwater Central Catholic: Eighth at state with leap of 6-0.
Pole vault, Cayman Ellis, Jr., St. Petersburg: Region champion at 14-6.
Long jump, David Jones, Sr., St. Petersburg: Seventh at state in 22-4¼.
Triple jump, Shaquill Griffin, Jr., Lakewood: Fourth at state in 46-11¼.
Discus, Chris Olson, So., Canterbury: Finished 10th at state in 136-0.
Shot put, Zach Hubbard, Sr., Calvary Christian: Sixth at state with throw of 46-1½.
100, Trayvon Bromell, Jr., Gibbs: State runnerup in 10.65.
200, Trayvon Bromell, Jr., Gibbs: Fourth at state in 21.57.
400, Michael Rusnak, So., St. Petersburg Catholic: Seventh at state in 50.05.
110 hurdles, Dontae McGee, Fr., Admiral Farragut: Eighth at state in 15.44.
300 hurdles, Jared Brown, Sr., Clearwater Central Catholic: Third at state in 38.27.
4x100, Lakewood (Javaris Little, Shaquill Griffin, Shaquem Griffin, Quin’Tavius Mitchell): Region champions in 41.72
4x400, Lakewood (Raymon Cleveland, Shaquill Griffin, Shaquem Griffin, Tim Holmes): State champion in 3:20.60.
4x800, Northside Christian (Mario Ojeda, Lucio Ojeda, Matthew Montanari, Joe Chapman): Third at state in 8:02.17.
800, Mario Ojeda, Sr., Northside Christian: State champion in 1:56.10.
1600, Nick Homme, Sr., Seminole: Fifth at regionals in 4:35.22.
3200, Jacob Hudak, Sr., Seminole: Finished 14th at state in 9:59.44.
High jump: Eric Harding, Jr., Boca Ciega; Pole vault: Carson Waters, So., Osceola; Long jump: Diquan Walker, So., Clearwater Central Catholic; Triple jump: David Jones, Sr., St. Petersburg; Discus: Jeremy Kerr, Jr., St. Petersburg; Shot put: Jeremy Kerr, Jr., St. Petersburg; 100: Ryan Green, Jr., St. Petersburg Catholic; 200: Sean Culkin, Sr., Indian Rocks Christian; 400: Alex Koehl, Sr., Dunedin; 110 hurdles: Ahmad Middleton, So., Dunedin; 300 hurdles: Tim Holmes, Jr., Lakewood; 4x100: Clearwater Central Catholic (Justin Goodloe, Devon Garnett, Jared Brown, Diquan Walker); 4x400: Indian Rocks Christian (Sean Culkin, Vinny Capobianco, Brady Christensen, Michael Cavonis); 4x800: Lakewood (Tahrell Jones, Tim Holmes, Shai Brown, Devontae Persha); 800: Matthew Montanari, Sr., Northside Christian; 1600: Jacob Endrulat, Jr., Keswick Christian; 3200: Keegan Flynn, Sr., Seminole
Admiral Farragut: Blake Arnold, Dontae McGee, Patrick McNamara; Boca Ciega: Kenard Davis, Frederick Winters; Calvary Christian: John Ainlay, Derek Barnes, Zach Hubbard, Alex Leonard; Clearwater: Joel Tunceren; Clearwater Central Catholic: Matt Adan, Saul Ramirez; Countryside: Luke Dalton, Paul McKenna, Ryan Yates, Kristof Williams; Dunedin: Ronald Hunter, Corey Francisco, Zachary Maciolek; East Lake: Jack Geier, Matthias Maynard, Balasz Orzo, Artavis Scott, Elijah Thomas; Gibbs: Ah’jhzae Berry, Damien Daniels, Tommy Evans, Bruce Richardson, Gary Simon, Davion Teheartt, Devontay Williams; Indian Rocks Christian: Taylor Andres, Michael Canovis, Trevor Morten; Keswick Christian: Matt Bird, Jayln Coleman, Justin Heath; Lakewood: Javaris Little, Ervin Mayes, Devontae Persha; Largo: Joewen Bee; Northeast: Michael Stenger; Northside Christian: Jeffrey Golden, Evan Howard, Tristen Lewis; Palm Harbor University: Emanuel Boutzoukas, Luke Buschman, Sterling Lombard; Pinellas Park: Kha’zorey Blackshear, James Hoile; Seminole: Keegan Flynn, Park Suski; Shorecrest: Carson Ritch, Kenny Slaby; St. Petersburg: Adam LeMay; St. Petersburg Catholic: Raphael Allen, Logan Bonfield, Connor Cureton, Todd Macon, Nick Muth, Filip Vucemilovic
Coach of the Year: Anthony Snead, Lakewood
For years, Lakewood lurked in the shadows behind Countryside, which had dominated boys track. But this season Snead guided his young, talented team to the top with team titles at the conference and district meets, a runnerup finish at regionals and a fifth-place finish at the Class 2A state meet.
Athlete of the year: Katelyn Greenleaf, Sr., Northside Christian
Why we picked her: There were some impressive performances in girls track this season. Admiral Farragut Academy’s Brittany McGee burst onto the scene early in the season. Osceola’s Alexis Irwin was strong throughout. But no one was as consistent as Greenleaf, who maintained her stranglehold on distance events, not losing to a county opponent in the 800, 1,600 or 3,200. Greenleaf’s biggest challenge came in the 800, where she held off Irwin in the only meeting between the two at the Steinbrenner meet in Tampa. Greenleaf went on to place second in the 1,600 at the Class A state meet in five minutes, 1.11 seconds. She also took sixth in the 800 (2:19.71) and teamed with Ashley Johnson, Sarah Schultz and Haley Gossard to take fifth in the 4x800 in 9:43.88. Greenleaf’s performance was a big reason the Mustangs finished third overall with 52 points, the highest finish in her career.
Most impressive accomplishment: Though she has been dominant in cross country and distance events in track, Greenleaf never won a state title. But she had the best performance of her career in the 1,600 and her second-place finish was the best in any event in her career.
Did you know? Greenleaf’s sporting life is not limited to running. She also has been involved in cheerleading and soccer.
What’s next: The Alabama signee will continue to run in races this summer before she heads off to college.
High jump, Jeanna Cube, So., Osceola: Third at state with leap of 5 feet, 4 inches.
Pole vault, Abby Vivlamore, Sr., Pinellas Park: Region champion at 11-3; was fourth at state.
Long jump, Brittany McGee, Fr., Admiral Farragut: State runnerup with leap of 18-5.25.
Triple jump, Chaise Cook-Martin, Jr., Boca Ciega: Third at state with mark of 38-5.
Discus, Jenna Sperna, Sr., Pinellas Park: Sixth at state with throw of 110-11.
Shot put, Jenna Sperna, Sr., Pinellas Park: Sixth at state in 36-0.
100, Sharell Keys, Jr., Lakewood: Top time among county athletes at state (12:27).
200, Asia Olds, Sr., Northside: Second at state with time of 25.43.
400, Logan Thiel, Sr., Calvary Christian: Ninth at state in 58.73.
100 hurdles, Jessica Maggio, Sr., Calvary Christian: State runnerup with time of 14.90.
300 hurdles, Kelly Shanahan, Jr., Clearwater Central Catholic: Third at state in 45.88.
4x100, Lakewood (Erika Allen, Kajira Davis, Zayven Reese, Sharell Keys): Fifth at state in 48.33.
4x400, Calvary Christian (Kasey Howard, Jessica Maggio, Lizze Brunnicki, Logan Thiel): State runnerup in 4:01.78.
4x800, Northside Christian (Katelyn Greenleaf, Ashley Johnson, Sarah Schultz, Haley Gossard): Fifth at state in 9:43.88.
800, Alexis Irwin, Sr., Osceola: State runnerup in 2:14.28.
1600, Alexis Irwin, Sr., Osceola: County and district champion.
3200, Rachel Valentine, 7th, Canterbury: Placed seventh at regionals in 11:59.97
High jump: Brittany McGee, Fr., Admiral Farragut; Pole vault: Courtney O’Donoghue, Sr., Clearwater; Long jump: Asia Olds, Sr., Northside Christian; Triple jump: Victoria Goodwin, Sr., Northside Christian; Discus: Jasmine Laska, Jr., Pinellas Park; Shot put: Jasmine Laska, Jr., Pinellas Park; 100: Destiny Jenkins, Sr., Calvary Christian; 200: Logan Thiel, Sr., Calvary Christian; 400: Marina Levine, Sr., Largo; 100 hurdles: Brittany McGee, Fr., Admiral Farragut; 300 hurdles: Victoria Goodwin, Sr., Northside Christian; 4x100: Calvary Christian (Jess Stewart, Lizze Brunnicki, Christine Marino, Kasey Howard); 4x400: Northside Christian (Asia Olds, Sarah Schultz, Ashley Johnson, Victoria Goodwin); 4x800: St. Petersburg Catholic (Kylie Eaton, Katharine Haddad, Alex Steele, Megan Dougherty-Howard); 800: Bobbi LaBrant, Fr., Indian Rocks Christian; 1600: Olivia Rovin, 7th, Shorecrest; 3200: Olivia Rovin, 7th, Shorecrest
Admiral Farragut: Mattilyn Burgo, Claudia Pizzarelli; Boca Ciega: Nicole Coppone; Calvary Christian: Serena Szarejko, Beca Stewart; Clearwater: Keyaira Herring; Countryside: Victoria Jackson, Jenna Luther, Mary Margaret Mason, Aliyah Mims; Dunedin: Hannah Welsh; East Lake: Erica Lersch; Gibbs: Jerosan Fletcher; Indian Rocks Christian: Hannah Hewell, Tori Trador; Keswick Christian: Ashley Broaderick, Eloise Palm, Hannah Palm; Lakewood: Ashlee Funderburk, Maya Madry; Largo: Daisha Brown, Imani Fitts, Alicia Konstanovic; Northside Christian: Ariana Taylor, Deandra Tsaffaras; Palm Harbor University: Paige Lombard, Alexis Mouton, Brianna Paczynski, Sarah Raymond; Pinellas Park: Deterrica Simpkins; Osceola: Jennifer Kistemaker, Christine Tournant; Seminole: Olivia Bush, Jasmine Whitney; Shorecrest: Assata Trader, Patrice Perkins; St. Petersburg Catholic: Brooke Coughlin, Lindsey Meyer, Kristin Skritek; Tarpon Springs: Alexis Martinez
Coach of the Year: Jeff Goodwin, Northside Christian
He guided a team loaded with talent and experience to its best season with team titles at conference, district and regionals, and a third-place finish at the Class A state meet, the highest of any county girls team this season.