Tuesday, April 24, 2018
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Track: Gibbs sprinter Trayvon Bromell puts injuries behind at USF/Steinbrenner Invitational

TAMPA — The tough breaks in Trayvon Bromell's athletic career can be quantified with X-rays.

In the last 14 months, the Gibbs junior's injuries have ranged from a broken left hip to a broken right forearm to a dislocated knee.

But so far this spring, the buzz over Bromell has dealt far more with clean starts than clean fractures. And on a mildly breezy Saturday at USF, his finish wasn't bad either.

Running into a moderate wind, Bromell won the boys 100-meter dash at the USF/Steinbrenner Invitational in 10.85 seconds. A year ago at this time, he was nursing a broken hip suffered while changing gears in an early season race.

"It says a lot for him as an athlete and as a person," Gladiators coach Natalie Allen said, "because he has a pin in his hip right now."

While Bromell's triumph started the running finals at a meet featuring roughly 75 teams, Lakewood's boys provided a mesmerizing finish.

Trailing three runners when he took the baton in the second leg of the boys 4x400 relay, Spartans junior Shaquill Griffin closed the gap by the end of his lap, propelling his team to a victory in a meet-record 3 minutes, 20.81 seconds. Behind Griffin and twin brother Shaquem, Lakewood finished second in the team standings with 52 points, eight behind Fort Myers.

Shaquem and Shaquill placed first and second, respectively, in the boys triple jump, formed half of the 4x400 team (with Tim Holmes and Raymon Cleveland) and ran on the 4x100 squad that placed second to Armwood.

"Early in the season, we never had a push. I never had anybody actually in front of me so I could go catch them, so that was a big change," Shaquill said of his 4x400 leg.

St. Petersburg pole vaulter Cayman Ellis' 13-foot, 6-inch effort won by 6 inches. Dunedin's Hannah Welsh won the girls high jump (5-4).

North Suncoast standouts included Anclote senior Argishti Gazari, who won the boys 3,200 in a meet-record 9:31.79.

On the girls side, Wiregrass Ranch junior Alisha Henry won the pole vault with a personal-best 11-3 effort.

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