Track athlete of the Year Jamieshia Parker, So., Zephyrhills
Mainly, because she owned her conference and district. Parker, as bashful as she is brisk, won three individual events and anchored the winning 4x100 relay team at the Sunshine Athletic Conference and 2A-9 meets, both held at Wiregrass Ranch. Trim and fairly compact at 5-foot-51/2 inches, she qualified for the state meet in Winter Park in three events (100, 200, 4x100), helping lead the relay squad to the medal stand with a seventh-place finish at the 2A meet. "She's blessed, she's gifted," said Bulldogs coach Jason Rouser, a member of the 1996 U.S. Olympic 4x400 relay team that won a gold medal. "There are a lot of kids out there who have a natural talent. Jamieshia does something special. For the age she is and the level she's running, there's no one who can stop Jamieshia except Jamieshia herself."
Most impressive accomplishment: According to Rouser, Parker's personal-best efforts in her four events all are school records. Her own personal Bulldogs record book is as follows: 18 feet, 91/2 inches in the long jump, 12.01 seconds in the 100, 25.42 in the 200, 48.95 in the 4x100. All except the 4x100 time were achieved at the SAC meet.
Future plans: Rouser said he thinks Parker possesses the most promise in the 100. Adding strength to her exceptional burst, he explains, will allow her to get out even quicker and decelerate even later.
Did you know? Despite leaving the 2A meet with a medal, Parker deemed her overall state performance a disappointment. She fell far short of her personal bests in the 100 and 200 and didn't get out of the preliminaries in either race. "I would have to place the blame on myself as far as not getting them not only physically ready but mentally ready," Rouser said. "I really should've pressed into these ladies what the nature of the beast was going to be in Winter Park, Fla."
100, Karissa Bertling, So., Ridgewood: Region qualifier and SAC runnerup
200, Ryane Ledington, Sr., Hernando: Class 2A state qualifier
400, Bertling: Fifth at Class 3A state meet (57.78)
800, Jackie White, Jr., Springstead: First female state medalist in program history
1600, Ariel Grey, So., Wiregrass Ranch: SAC champ placed third at regions
3200, Grey: SAC, district champion
100 hurdles, Lindsay Arnold, Sr., Zephyrhills: Unchallenged in conference and district
300 hurdles, Kira Forbes, Sr., River Ridge: District and conference champion
Pole vault, Mikaela Morolla, Jr., River Ridge: Won SAC title by 2 feet
Long jump, Elyse Houston, Sr., Wiregrass Ranch: Finished one spot shy of medaling at state
Triple jump, Shantel Houston, Jr., Wesley Chapel: District and conference champion
High jump, Tiki Relaford, So., Central: Third at Class 3A state meet (5-6)
Discus, Reta Woodard, Sr., Land O'Lakes: Third at Class 3A state meet (122-1)
Shot put, Woodard: Fifth at Class 3A state meet (38-21/4)
4x100 relay, Zephyrhills (Arnold, Brandi Mira, Alex Viera, Parker): Seventh at Class 2A state meet
4x400 relay, Wesley Chapel (Shaniqua Hill, Kandice Watson, Renee Vaughns, Dana Cannon): District champs placed ninth at 3A meet
4x800 relay, Wiregrass Ranch (Kelsey Sturman, Megan Ibison, Jasmine Boykin, Grey): Third at region in sub-10:00 time
100: Ryane Ledington, Sr., Hernando; 200: Karissa Bertling, So., Ridgewood; 400: Danielle Doucet, Jr., Nature Coast; 800: Mikayla Bogulski, So., Central; 1,600: Jessica Furst, Jr., Wesley Chapel; 3,200: Renea Porsch, Jr., Land O'Lakes; 100 hurdles: Shantel Houston, Jr., Wesley Chapel; 300 hurdles: Brittany Ramey, Sr., Ridgewood; pole vault: Morgan Rasmussen, Jr., Ridgewood; long jump: Ellen Toneff, So., Wiregrass Ranch; triple jump: Dana Cannon, Jr., Wesley Chapel; high jump: Caitlin Young, Sr., Mitchell; discus: Jasmine Sharp, Jr., Hernando; shot put: Ava Baylor, Sr., Hernando; 4x100 relay: Wesley Chapel; 4x400 relay: Springstead; 4x800 relay: Wesley Chapel
Bishop McLaughlin: Tori Harris; Central: Amanda Bradley, Sarah Lynch, Angela Velez; Gulf: Shanee Campbell, Geo Davis, Colleen McAuliffe, Jessica Melguard, Paige Pender; Land O'Lakes: Samantha Austin, Arianna Azzopardi, Alyssa Brandt, Julia Della Penna, Aerial Emery, Nicolle Forcier, Morgan Keppel, Alyssa Lonsway, Esther Sutton; Mitchell: Kelli Williams; Nature Coast: Brittany Aemisegger, Toni Agricola, Gabriel Amarchand, Kim Francisco, Shareka Maner; Pasco: Santiya Stewart; Ridgewood: Tia Cooke, Lauren Vanker; River Ridge: Leigha Crumbley; Springstead: Kailey Genrich, Sasha Spalding, Taylor Tuomey; Sunlake: Becky Reynolds; Wesley Chapel: Ashley Hinds, Adele Lashley, Jazzmyn Love-Roberts, Alisha Roberts; Wiregrass Ranch: Melanie Dean, Marissa Tomei, Toni Tomei
Coach of the Year J.R. Haworth, Wiregrass Ranch
In what evolved into a chess match of personnel with Wesley Chapel coach Kristi Frye, Haworth guided the Bulls to the Sunshine Athletic Conference title, snapping the Wildcats' six-year streak. With the help of veteran distance coach Don Howard, Haworth also led Wiregrass to a district title and sixth-place region finish.
Joey Knight, Times staff writer