Track athlete of the Year Amani Bryant, Sr., Wharton
Bryant defended her Class 3A title in the 300 hurdles and claimed second place in the 100 hurdles, setting personal records in both. She also finished sixth in the long jump. She won county, district and region titles in all three events and was the most dominant female in Hillsborough County track. She also ran on Wharton's 4x400 team.
Most impressive accomplishment: Bryant said the personal record that dogged her all season was her 2008 mark in the 300 hurdles, a 42.92 that lifted her to the Class 3A state title. It wasn't until her final high school race in the event that she set a personal record with a 42.80 to win the event at state a second time. "I wouldn't have been satisfied if I didn't break last year's time," Bryant said.
Did you know? Bryant said she wears a "lucky pink sports bra" to meets where she feels nervous. "Pretty much every time I wear it I do pretty well," Bryant said. "I think it's my good luck charm." Bryant notes she wore the article when she won both state titles (2008 and '09) in the 300 hurdles.
College plans: Bryant will run at the University of Florida, where she will specialize in the 400 hurdles and run the short hurdles and 4x400. She hopes to have an immediate impact, with her eyes set on the Southeastern Conference championships. She also would love to position herself for a run at the 2012 Olympics.
High jump, Jessica Sykes, Sr., Newsome: Fifth at 4A state meet (5 feet, 4 inches)
Long jump, Bryant: Sixth in the 3A state meet 3A (17-8¼)
Triple jump, Marissa McEleveen, Sr., Blake: State champ blew away the field in the 3A meet (39-9)
Pole vault, Morgan Scherschel, Sr., Gaither: Class 4A state champion (11-7) held state best mark earlier in the season (12 feet); will head to Florida
Shot put, Aliscia Buford, So., Jefferson: Placed sixth in 3A state meet (37-9½)
Discus, Corinthia Cox, Sr., Jefferson: Sixth-place showing in 3A state meet (114 feet)
100 hurdles, Bryant: State silver medalist in 3A (14.73) was district and region champ
300 hurdles, Bryant: Won handily at 3A meet (42.80), was only one to break 43 seconds
100, Amanda Leland, Sr., Chamberlain: Sixth in highly competitive 4A state meet (12.23)
200, Leland: Sixth in 4A state meet (25.24)
400, LaShae White, Jr., Tampa Bay Tech: Fourth-place showing at 3A state meet (57.51)
800, Erika Kolakowski, Jr., Plant City: Eighth at state with a 2:22.43
1,600, Alyssa Franks, Sr., Wharton: Sixth in 3A state meet after winning regions and districts
3,200, Franks: State qualifier in 3A placed second in regionals, first in districts
4x800 relay, Wharton (Erin Kocher, Franks, Shannon Meggs, Brooke Foley): Fourth in 3A state meet (9.38.59) after winning regions and districts
4x400 relay, Wharton (Meggs, Kocher, Sydney Stephens, Bryant): District champs placed eighth in 3A state meet (4:01.10)
4x100 relay, Tampa Bay Tech (Jasmine Wright, Ashley Anthony, Angelina Mills, Tanesha Maxwell): Region runnersup finished sixth in Class 3A state meet (48.82)
High jump: Brittany Baldwin, Sickles, Sr.; long jump: Ashley McBride, King, So.; triple jump: Maddi Schmidt, Tampa Catholic, So.; pole vault: London Enos, Wharton, So.; shot put: Shakea Kindred, Spoto, Sr.; discus: Iesha Campbell, Alonso, Sr.; 100 hurdles: Natalie Hurns, Armwood, Sr.; 300 hurdles: Antoinie Eugene, Hillsborough, Sr.; 100: Tanesha Maxwell, Tampa Bay Tech, Jr.; 200: Jasmine Pope, Plant City, Sr.; 400: Brittney Barton, Hillsborough, Sr.; 800: Lauren Verbosky, East Bay, Sr.; 1,600: Grace VanDeGrift, Durant, So.; 3,200: Katerine Lutton, Hillsborough, Fr.; 4x800 relay: Plant City (Currie Dickerson, Emily Hoy, Erika Kolakowski, Cristina Corzine); 4x400 relay: Hillsborough (Jalonda Spencer, Brittney Barton, Antoinie Eugene, Derrickka Timmons); 4x100 relay: Freedom (Kelsey Anderson, Emily Harvey, Gabrielle Peek, Jessica Baumann)
Berkeley Prep: 4x800 (Rachael Sheppard, Dhillon Amita, Angelica Gigi Price, Kathryn Massengill); Durant: Trinity Thompson (400), Grace VanDeGrift (1,600); Gaither: Rikka Lovely (100); Newsome: Ilana Aramati; Plant City: Kolakowski (800), 4x800 relay (Dickerson, Hoy, Kolakowski, Corzine), Jasmine Pope (100); Sickles: Nicole Smith (pole vault); Tampa Prep: Savannah Cantrell (400); Wharton: London Enos (pole vault), Abby Ritter (1,600)
Coach of the Year Wes Newton, Wharton
Guided Wildcats to district and region team titles and a fourth-place showing at the 3A state meet.
Izzy Gould and Eduardo A. Encina, Times staff writers