TAMPA — A 10-second cameo at the triple jump area was all Hillsborough's Jeremiah Green needed to steal the 11-hour outdoor show held Saturday at the USF Track & Field Stadium.
Adorned in multicolored socks and lime green Usain Bolt Pumas, Green executed the best high school jump in the nation this year, 52 feet, 1 inch, to highlight the USF/Steinbrenner Invitational.
The reigning Class 3A state champ in the event, Green set a personal best only six days after his triumph (51-61/2) at the New Balance Indoor Nationals in New York.
"I do (52 feet) in practice all the time," said Green, who also won the long jump, placed fourth in the 200 meters and ran the anchor leg of the Terriers' sixth-place 4x100 relay.
"I just hadn't ever done it and made a mark. I went in like, 'Hey, it can happen today.' Every meet I go in, it can happen. I'm glad it happened today."
Green's feat set the tone at a wildly popular event in which roughly 80 schools representing 15 Florida counties converged on USF's campus. None of the 4-year-old meet's records seemed safe on a day of sunshine, slight wind and 60- to 70-degree air.
Green's winning long jump (23-6) also was a meet record. Alonso senior William Taylor-Haynes eclipsed the meet and school record in the 110 hurdles (14.12 seconds).
On the girls side, Chamberlain senior Andrea Aaron established meet marks in the discus (124-5) and shot put (43-1/2).
Other county winners included King senior and Western Kentucky signee Carrol Hardy, who prevailed in the girls 100, finished second in the 200 and ran a blistering third leg on the Lions' runner-up 4x100 relay.
Reigning 4A high jump champ Faith Woodard, in only her second meet of the season, won the event (5-6) by virtue of fewer misses than Wesley Chapel's Courtney Prengaman, who cleared the same height. Hillsborough senior Jorian Ordway won the 400.
Led by Hardy, King finished third with 31 points, nine behind Orlando Dr. Phillips and 28 behind champion Hallandale.
On the boys side, Steinbrenner's all-senior foursome — Tanner Biles, Matt Magee and Zach and Tyler Lima — opened the day with a victory in the 4x800 relay.
Bloomingdale's Andrew LeBlanc won the 1,600, Jefferson's Jonathan Moore the 800 and Newsome senior Lars Benner the 3,200.