Girls athlete of the year
Katelyn Greenleaf, So., Northside Christian
Against county opponents, Greenleaf sets the pace in distance races, jumping ahead of the pack and staying there. The Northside Christian sophomore has not lost a race in the 1,600 or 3,200 to a county opponent in the past three years. Her domination this year included being named running MVP at the Ed Wells/Kiwanis Invitational in Clearwater, where she set a meet record in the 1,600 in 5 minutes, 14 seconds. In the 3,200, she took fourth at the Class A state meet in 11:07, by far the best mark of any county girl athlete.
Most impressive accomplishment: Though she didn't medal at state in her signature event, Greenleaf set a school record with her time of 11:07 previously held by Brianna Harrington. Better still, Greenleaf finished strong running against three of the top 21 runners in the nation in the 3,200 at the Class 1A state meet.
Did you know? Greenleaf is a third-generation distance runner, joining her father, Barry, and grandfather, Robert.
Future plans: Greenleaf will run in road races this summer to gear up for the cross country season in the fall.
High jump, Nia Berthelot, Sr., St. Petersburg: Highest jump at region
Pole vault, Courtney O'Donoghue, So., Clearwater: Sixth at state in 4A
Long jump, Shavonda Sturgis, Sr., Lakewood: Fifth at state in 3A
Triple jump, Chase Cook-Martin, Fr., Boca Ciega: Sixth at state in 3A
Discus, Tori Halle, Sr., Keswick Christian: Fifth at state in Class A
Shot put, Delashay Williams, Sr., Boca Ciega: State qualifier
4x800 relay, Lakewood (Brianna Forde, Shanaya Crandon, Ashlee Funderburk, Kala Funderburk): Seventh at state in 3A
100, Sharell Keys, Fr., Lakewood: State runnerup in 3A
100 hurdles, Thea Linkfield, Sr., Countryside: Fourth at state in 4A
1,600, Alexis Irwin, Jr., Osceola: Region qualifier
4x100 relay, Lakewood (Cierra Blaclshear, Kajira Davis, Sharell Keys, Shavonda Sturgis): Region champion in 3A
400, Lindsay Cooper, Jr., Clearwater Central Catholic: Third at state in 2A
300 hurdles, Thea Linkfield, Sr., Countryside: Fourth at state in 4A
800, Alicia Aldridge, Sr., East Lake: Seventh at state in 4A
200, Sharell Keys, Fr., Lakewood: State qualifier
3,200, Kaitlin Homme, Jr., Seminole: Region qualifier
4x400 relay, Lakewood (Ashlee Funderburk, Julian Battiest, Shavonda Sturgis, Kala Funderburk): Third at state in 3A
High jump: Kala Funderburk, Jr., Lakewood; pole vault: Emily Hall, Sr., Countryside; long jump: Aspen Sands, Sr., Seminole; triple jump: Shanice Akins, Jr., Largo; discus: Destini Ogelsby, Jr., Admiral Farragut; shot put: Jenna Sperna, Pinellas Park; 4x800 relay: Northside Christian (Sarah Schultz, Gabrielle Greenleaf, Alicia Konstantinovic, Katelyn Greenleaf); 100: Shavonda Sturgis, Sr., Lakewood; 100 hurdles: Sakeema McCray, Sr., Largo; 1,600: Brooke Ciciero, Fr., East Lake; 4x100 relay: St. Petersburg (Nia Berthelot, Tania McCullum, Tatiana Jones, Antonika Ford); 400: Kala Funderburk, Jr., Lakewood; 300 hurdles: Ashlee Funderburk, Fr., Lakewood; 800: Alexis Irwin, Jr., Osceola; 200: Tania McCullum, Jr., St. Petersburg; 3,200: Amanda Spring, Fr., Northeast Christian; 4x400 relay: Countryside (Elizabeth Mason, Thea Linkfield, Kierra Williams, Alexis Rouselle)
Admiral Farragut: Destini Ogelsby (shot put); Calvary Christian: Logan Thiel (300 hurdles); Keswick Christian: Tori Halle (shot put), Kathleen McGuire (high jump), Hannah Palm (400), 4x100, 4x400, 4x800; Largo: Sakeema McCray (triple jump, 100 hurdles); Northside Christian: Victoria Goodwin (triple jump, 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles), Jennica Mullins (high jump), Asia Olds (100, 200), Sarah Schultz (triple jump), 4x400; Osceola: Britney Bennett (discus); St. Petersburg: Tania McCullum (100); Shorecrest: Jenn Casey (100 hurdles), Stephanie Gomes (shot put), 4x100; St. Petersburg Catholic: Morgan Paul (long jump)
Coach of the year | Jeff Goodwin, Northside Christian
Despite losing four top athletes to graduation, Goodwin still managed to guide the Mustangs to titles at nearly every major meet, including team championships at conference, district and region.
Boys athlete of the year
Rayshawn Jenkins, So., Admiral Farragut
Jenkins had the best performance of any county boys athlete at a state meet, winning a state title in the 110 hurdles and finishing second in the 300 hurdles in Class A. He was one of only two boys athletes from the county (teammate and pole vaulter Gem Runyan was the other) to win state titles this season.
Most impressive accomplishment: It was expected that Jenkins would do well in the 110 hurdles, where he only lost once this season. But he wasn't a sure thing to place among the top three in the 300 hurdles. He benefitted in the preliminaries when defending state champion Pierce Hutcheson fell over the final hurdle, which helped Jenkins going into the final with the top seed.
Did you know? Jenkins also is the starting quarterback at Admiral Farragut and scored on a 40-yard run in the spring game against Melbourne Central Catholic.
Future plans: Jenkins will go to football camps to get ready for this season. He most likely will not start running track until football season is over.
High jump, Sharrod Harriel, Jr., Dunedin: State qualifier
Pole vault, Gem Runyan, Jr., Admiral Farragut: State champion in 1A
Long jump, Marquis Glenn, Sr., Seminole: State qualifier
Triple jump, Darion Bentley, Jr., St. Petersburg: State qualifier
Discus, Grant Barker, Jr., St. Petersburg: County's top throw at region
Shot put, Mike Evens-Douglas, Sr., Largo: Fourth at state in 3A
4x800 relay, Countryside (Matthew Worner, Conner Benhakuma, Jakob Herrmann, Kostas Fotopoulos): Posted county's best time
100, Jarvis West, Sr., Gibbs: State runnerup in 3A
110 hurdles, Kelvin White, Sr., Lakewood: Fifth at state in 3A
1,600, Chase Sutton, Jr., Seminole: Third at state in 4A
4x100 relay, Lakewood (Andre Taylor, Jermeil Douse, Bernard Reedy, Theodore West): Second at state in 3A
400, Derek Messmore, Jr., Countryside: Seventh at state in 4A
300 hurdles, Wylan Bernitt, Jr., Countryside: Posted county's top time
800, Ricy Brown, Jr., Countryside: Eighth at state in 4A
200, Perry Joseph, Jr., Gibbs: Fourth at state in 3A
3,200, Chase Sutton, Jr., Seminole: State qualifier
4x400 relay, Countryside (Ricy Brown, Jacob Herrmann, Wylan Bernitt, Derek Messmore): Seventh at state in 4A
High jump: Will Scott, Sr., Northside Christian; pole vault: Donovan Erbe, Sr., Admiral Farragut; long jump: Brenton Conley, Sr., Countryside; triple jump: Ricy Brown, Jr., Countryside; discus: Juemarral Riley, Sr., Clearwater; shot put: Latevian Washington, Sr., Boca Ciega; 4x800 relay: Northside Christian (Joseph Chapman, Garet Marr, Matthew Montanari, Mario Ojeda); 100: Theodore West, Jr., Lakewood; 110 hurdles: Jamarious Boatwright, Sr., Largo; 1,600: Rick Pluta, Sr., Largo; 4x100: Gibbs (Mike Kendricks, Qudray McClendon, Maurice Kendricks, Jarvis West); 400: Edwin McKinney, Sr., Osceola; 300 hurdles: Pierce Hutcheson, Sr., Calvary Christian; 800: Brent Montzka, Sr., Indian Rocks Christian; 200: Reagan Beal, Sr., Seminole; 3200: Josh Lakhotia, Jr., Seminole; 4x400 relay: Seminole (Reagan Beal, Michael Schorn, Marquis Glenn, Lukas Hayden)
Admiral Farragut: Blake Arnold (1,600), David Dang (high jump), Cortavius Givens (100), Rayshawn Jenkins (long jump); Calvary Christian: Pierce Hutcheson (110 hurdles); Countryside: Ricy Brown (long jump), Zach Christenson (1,600), Brenton Conley (100, 200), Kosta Fotopoulos (1,600), Paul Polgar (pole vault), Matthew Worner (800); Indian Rocks Christian: Sean Harvey (shot put), Matt Little (100), Joel Rhine (discus), 4x100, 4x400; Keswick Christian: Jon Kistemaker (pole vault); Northside Christian: Jeffrey Golden (triple jump), Matthew Montanari (1,600), Mario Ojeda (1,600), Will Scott (200), Grant Rideout (pole vault), Jimmy Van Deilan (400), 4x800; Northeast: William Burrows (pole vault), Jalin Hubbard (200); Shorecrest: Philip Tylman (400), 4x400, 4x800; St. Petersburg: Austin Jordan (400), 4x100; Seminole: Reagan Beal (100)
Coach of the year | Eileen Givens, Countryside
In the past five years, Givens has put together the county's most dominant boys program. This season, the Cougars won every big meet, taking team titles at the Ed Wells, West Coast, as well as conference, district and region championships.
Bob Putnam, Times staff writer