Track athlete of the Year
Kamran Joyer, Sr., Land Oâ?™Lakes
The North Suncoastâ?™s only state track and field champion of 2009, Joyer fulfilled the aspiration of any prep athlete by exiting at the top of his game. The final shot put attempt of his prep career, at the Class 3A state meet in Winter Park, traveled a personal-record 59 feet, 71/2 inches. When the gasps and oohs of amazement subsided, it measured nearly 7 feet farther than any of the eventâ?™s other efforts. As a prelude, Joyer, headed to USF on a football scholarship, placed seventh in the discus (149-10) after winning district and region titles in that event.
Most impressive accomplishment: Statistically, Joyer finished the year as Floridaâ?™s overall state shot put champion. Combine all the performances at all four state meets (A-4A), and Joyerâ?™s throw of 59-71/2 was nearly 3 feet farther than the next-best attempt.
Future plans: Joyer, recruited as an interior offensive lineman by the Bulls, said at Tuesdayâ?™s Pasco County School Board meeting â?” where he was recognized for his state title â?” he hopes to be an Olympian in the shot put. Eventually, he also wants to be an educator. His mom, Kirsten, is an assistant principal at Wesley Chapel Middle School; his uncle, Jim, is an assistant principal at Boca Ciega High; and his maternal grandmother, LaVona Spencer, spent 32 years as an instructor at Wichita State University.
Did you know?: On Saturday, hours before his Wesley Chapel graduation ceremony, Joyer won the shot put title (56-2) in the prestigious Golden South Classic in Orlando. â?¦In a span of three weekends, Joyer nearly won two state titles in two sports. He also competed in weightlifting during the spring, placing second in the heavyweight division at the Class 2A meet. â?¦Joyer has five uncles who graduated from USF.
100, Antwan Story, Jr., Nature Coast: Fourth at 2A state meet (11.03 seconds)
200, Story : Region champ placed 8th at 2A meet
400, Justin Ellis, Sr., Sunlake: Conference champ and district runnerup
800, Sebastian Ruiz, Sr., Mitchell: 4A state qualifier placed 3rd at regionals
1600, Felix Soto, Sr., Land Oâ?™Lakes: 5th at 3A meet in personal-best time (4:22.38)
3200, Soto : Region, SAC champ was 9th at state
110 hurdles, Mitch Wozniak, Jr., Wesley Chapel: Conference champ (15.37)
300, hurdles Wozniak : Conference champ (40.52)
Pole vault, Taylor Britton, Sr., Mitchell: 4A region qualifier had 12-6 effort at districts
Long jump, Howie Williams, Sr., Nature Coast: 8th at Class 2A meet (23-5)
Triple jump, Williams : 7th at Class 2A meet (46-8.5)
High jump, Stephan Philippeaux, Sr., Springstead: Class 3A state qualifier
Discus, Tyler Hisamoto, Jr., Sunlake: SAC champ (135-8)
Shot put, Hunter Joyer, So., Wesley Chapel: Joined brother at 3A state meet
4x100 relay, Wesley Chapel (Earon Hicks, Wozniak, Gio Exavier, Jamal Roberts): Won district, conference titles
4x400 relay, Mitchell ( Ruiz, Ricky Trinidad, Alejo Motta, Brandon Mundy): SAC champs ran a 3:30.77 at districts
4x800 relay, Nature Coast (Tyler Harrison, Matt Lambert, Michael Muoio, Bruce Federico): Placed 9th at 2A state meet (8:08)
100: Marcus Hicks, Jr., Pasco; 200: Ricky Trinidad, So., Mitchell; 400: Paul Robinson, Jr., Central; 800: Tyler Harrison, Jr., Nature Coast; 1600: Bruce Federico, Jr., Nature Coast; 3200: Matt Schwartz, Jr., Land Oâ?™Lakes; 110 hurdles: Glenn Clarke, Sr., Springstead; 300 hurdles: Michael Graham, Sr., Ridgewood; pole vault: Zach Grunewald, Sr., Land Oâ?™Lakes; long jump: Domnique Roberson, Sr., Springstead; triple jump: Earon Hicks, Sr., Wesley Chapel; high jump: Brandon Mundy, Jr., Mitchell; discus: Jeff Hunt, Jr., Wiregrass Ranch; shot put: Leon Orr, Jr., Gulf; 4x100 relay: Sunlake; 4x400 relay: Central; 4x800 relay: Mitchell
Bishop McLaughlin: Ryan Beeble; Central: Shaqueal Frazier, Jawara Jarrett, Shane Ralph, Paul Robinson, Barrett Sheffield, Travis Tyson, Guan Whutsett; Hernando: Micheal Davalos; Pasco: Chaise Dunn, Hakeeme Ishmar; Ridgewood: Mason Chilimonczyk; Wiregrass Ranch: Yemi Adetutu, Gabriel Burgos, Ian Cassette, Larenz Johnson, Tyler Mattera, Kiam Olan, Logan Selzer
Coach of the Year
Ryan Wilson, Nature Coast
Wilson, our coach of the year a second straight season, led the Sharks to a district runnerup finish and third-place region placing. Three Sharks (Howie Williams, Antwan Story, Bruce Federico) and the 4x800-meter relay team advanced to the Class 2A meet.
Joey Knight, Times staff writer