Boys athlete of the year
Terrence Mitchell, Sr., Hillsborough
The two-sport speedster known as "T-Rex" capped the most tumultuous season of his life with a Class 3A state long jump title (23 feet, 3 inches) and third-place medal in the 100 meters (10.74 seconds). But before the jumps and sprints at the state meet, Mitchell's life was all hurdles — formidable, figurative ones. He received a six-week suspension from the Florida High School Athletic Association for using improper language at the April 6 county meet and had the penalty lifted on appeal only days before the April 23 district meet. There, he fought through a wisdom tooth infection to win three events (long jump, 100, 400) despite competing with his mouth essentially closed. A week later at the region championships, Mitchell tweaked a hamstring in the 100 prelims but still won the long and triple jumps, and finished third in the 100.
Most impressive accomplishment: Mitchell points to his state long jump title, which might have been accompanied by more gold medals had he not encountered even more adversity later in the day. When the long jump competition was extended due to a dispute over the marking line, Mitchell was left with little time between events. When he reached the triple jump, he didn't even have time for a run-through and finished 10th. Additionally, his 4x100 relay was disqualified for a handoff outside the zone in the preliminaries. "(The meet) started off great," Mitchell said. "But it could've gone better if certain stuff wouldn't have happened."
Did you know? Mitchell said the "T-Rex" nickname was given to him by a coach on his youth football league team, the Nuccio Jaguars, about four years ago. … Mitchell's arms and upper torso are covered in tattoos, the most prominent a portrait of his mom, Ada Baker, on his left shoulder. "She likes it," he said. "She knows I take her everywhere I go."
College plans: Mitchell, one of the nation's most coveted defensive backs, signed with USF this past winter and will play cornerback for the Bulls.
High jump, Gigi Petion, Jr., Alonso: Sixth at Class 4A state meet with 6-foot-6 effort
Long jump, Carlton Walton, Sr., Hillsborough: Third at 3A meet with 22-10 jump
Triple jump, Jeremiah Green, Fr., Hillsborough: Came within a half-inch of 45 feet to place fifth at 3A meet
Pole vault, Brian Baird, Jr., Plant: County champ jumped 15 feet at 4A meet to place third
Shot put, Hunter Joyer, Jr., Tampa Catholic: Won state title, at 2A meet, a year after brother Kamran did
Discus, Auston Chen, Sr., Berkeley Prep: Arkansas-bound decathlete placed second at 2A meet
110 hurdles, Auston Chen, Sr., Berkeley Prep: District champ, region runnerup, fourth at 2A meet
300 hurdles, Richard Jules, Sr., Armwood: Won county, district, region titles
100, Brandon Holloway, Jr., Alonso: Set school record (10.72 seconds) in 4A state prelims, seventh in finals
200, Miles Bennett, Jr., Jesuit: Region runnerup was seventh at 2A meet in 22.12
400, De'Myco Winston, Sr., Lennard: County, district and region champ won 2A state title in photo finish
800, Arthur Casey, Jr., Middleton: Region champ placed second at 2A state meet
1,600, Max del Monte, So., Chamberlain: Region runnerup placed fourth at 4A meet
3,200, Mark Parrish, Sr., Chamberlain: Smashed 36-year-old school record, then placed third at 4A meet
4x800 relay, Hillsborough (Fabian Woodard, Carlos Flores, Kyle McKay, Robert Wilson): Avenged loss to Armwood at county championships by edging Hawks at state
4x400 relay, Armwood (Treyon Hankerson, Richard Jules, Ronald Thomas, Aaron King): County champs and region runnersup posted sub-3:20 time at state
4x100 relay, Plant (Javonte Martin, T.J. Glover, Antonio Crawford, Allen Sampson): Won county title and placed sixth at 4A meet (42.08)
High jump: Leon McQuay, Fr., Armwood; long jump: Darius Bing, Sr., Carrollwood Day; triple jump: Vaughn Cross, Sr., Armwood; pole vault: Pat Beane, Sr., Jesuit; shot put: Tony Posada, Jr., Plant; discus: Chris Diemer, Sr., Bloomingdale; 110 hurdles: Jeremy Deering, Sr., Leto; 300 hurdles: Karim Hussein, Sr., King; 100: Miles Bennett, Jr., Jesuit; 200: Andre Jones, Sr., Spoto; 400: Franklin Mosely, Jr., Alonso; 800: Jake Kehlenbeck, Sr., Freedom; 1,600: Julian Gines, Sr., Sickles; 3,200: Max del Monte, So., Chamberlain; 4x800 relay: Armwood (Treyon Hankerson, Richard Jules, Trevarius Bradley, Ben Hilton); 4x400 relay: Plant (Brenton Honeywell, Allen Sampson, Trevor Berecz, T.J. Glover); 4x100 relay: Hillsborough (Jordan Worlds, Carlton Walton, Rodney Johnson, Jeremiah Green)
Alonso: Pierot Adonis, Lyndon Robertson; Hillsborough: Evan Jennings, Brandon McFadden; Jefferson: Arthur Dunnigan; Jesuit: Isaac Edwards, Blake Lopez, Evan Rubinson, Kyle Statz, Jordan Williams; Middleton: Frank Charles, Willie Clay, Nikoy Williams; Newsome: Isaac Baker, Andrew Dowse, Andrew Harris, Ryan Jameston, Adam Mallady, Tyler Moriarty, Taylor Rideout, Michael Tourgee, Mitch Verboncour, Kyle Wilson, Michael Zwijacz; Plant: Didier Barjon, Kyle Groh, Bo Nalsen; Plant City: Alex Delfino; Spoto: John Akins, Jordan Archie, Jamar Burns, Kelvin Gant; Riverview: Roy Davis, Jerrod Edwards, Alexander Henley, Brandon Samuels, Jamal Stewart; Robinson: Bryan Garcia; Steinbrenner: Zacariah Cesani; Tampa Prep: Stephen Warner; Wharton: Matthew Mckernan, Joe Robinson, Nick Swain, Tate Wheeler
Coach of the year | Joe Sipp, Hillsborough
Subtract some misfortune and mild controversy at the state meet, and Sipp might have led the Terriers to the Class 3A team title. The Terriers finished sixth but were disqualified from the 4x100 relay for an illegal handoff. Additionally, triple jumpers Terrence Mitchell and Carlton Walton arrived late, immediately after the 4x100 prelims, and weren't afforded a warmup (they finished 10th and 14th, respectively). Still, Sipp, who also led the Terriers to district and region titles, had his team in position.