By Jonah Woullard

We sometimes take the phrase, “next level” for granted. But if there was ever time where that phrase would be applicable, would have been last Saturday at the FINESSE Track & Field Invitational. All day long, race after race, and field event after event, athletes definitely performed on the “Nexxt Level.”

Standout performances would start off with the youngest of the athletes, the Pee Wee division. In the girl’s Pee Wee division, Aniyah Mosley of the Ft. Lauderdale Track Club would turn in a dominating performance by placing first in the girl’s Pee Wee 100M dash running a 16.16, the 200M dash running a 34.42, the winning 4 x 100 M girl’s relay, and the girl’s long jump, jumping a 6’4.” Also, the Miami Gardens Xpress Pee Wee boys, 4 x 100M relay team took first place, running an extremely fast time at 1:09.72.

The Primary division would provide some excitement as well, featuring PPO Elite’s Paris Surtain winning the Primary’ girls 100M, running a 15.15 and anchoring the 1st place PPO Elite’s 4 x 100M girl’s relay team. Sakyri Goffe of Miami Scott Lake took 1st place in both the 200M, running a 32.60 and the 400M at 1:17.15. In the Primary boys division, Brashard Smith from South Dade Xpress took first in all three of his running events. Brashard won the 100M by running a 14.21, the 200M by running a 29.05, and the 400M by running a 1:09.88. Primary boy’s shot put was won by Alex Parus from Miramar’s Optimist Club, throwing a strong 13’-10”.

In the girls’ Bantam division, Pompano Xpress track club would win 1st place in both the girl’s 4x 100M relay, running a 59.99, and 4 x 400M relay, running a 5:00.47. Jermecia Brown from the Ft. Lauderdale track club won 1st place in both the 100M, running a 13.28, and the 400M, running a 1:04.96. In the Bantam boys division, Miami Gardens Xpress’, Marcel Williams won the boys’ long jump with a 12’ 8”. Miami Gardens Bantam boys continued to impress as their 4 x 100M boys relay team took first place by putting down an amazing time at 54.31. Finesse track club also took home the gold with Leonard Ricca winning the Bantam boys 1500m, at 5:19.20.

South Dade Xpress would have a great showing in the girls’ Midget division. Symone Mason would run an impressive 12.36 in the girls’ 100M, taking claim to first place. Twanisha Terry would run a 26.32 in the girls’ 200M for a first place medal. South Dade’s 4 x 400 M girls’ relay team would also win first place with fast paced 4:37.17 time. In the boy’s Midget division, Justin Brown from PPO Elite continued his season long dominance by sweeping first place in all his running events with a 12.68 in the 100M, 24.95 in the 200M, and a 58.32 in the 400M.

One of the most impressive times of the day was given by Krystal Sparling from the Ft. Lauderdale Track club. Krystal ran an amazing 11.79 in the girls’ Youth division 100M dash. Krystal also won first place in the 200M dash, running a 25.52, and anchored the winning 4 x 100M girl’s relay team, running a 49.29. Not to be out done on the girls’ Youth division, Miami Gardens’ Shiree Hinds also won first place in all her running events. Shiree won the Youth girls’ 800M running a 2:29.93, the 1500M running a 5:28.99, and 3000M running a 11:26.09. Youth boys’ stand out, Amir Rasul from South Dade Xpress took first place in both the Youth boys 100M, running a 11.33, and the 200M, running a 22.58.

The girls’ Intermediate division was impacted by Joi Ballard of the Pompano Xpress, winning first place in each of her running events. Joi ran a 12:04 in the girls’ 100M, a 25.88 in the 200M, and a 1:00.09 in the girls’ 400M. Richie Zephies from the Ft. Lauderdale track club also won first place in all his running events. Richie ran an impressive 10.93 in the boys’ 100M, a 22.25 in the 200M, and anchored one of the fastest Intermediate 4 x 100M boys’ relay teams, running a 43.98.

Dominique Edwards from West Pembroke Pines took first place in the Young women’s division in the shot put, throwing a 34’1”, and a powerful discus throw, at 110’ 6”. Teray Smith from the Miami Gardens Xpress continued to impress taking first place in four different events in the Young Man’s division. Teray won the 100M, running a 10.81, the 200M, running a 21.78, the 400M running 50.59, and the high jump at 5’ 10”.

It was an exciting day at the FINESSE Track & Field Invitational, and these were just a couple of results from several great races and field events. To view the complete track & field results from each age division and events, log on to and click on the “track results” tab.

But it even gets better, log on to also catch the highlights and interviews from the track meet. There is also a special treat in the video. Some of the athlete’s parents and coaches wanted to re-live their old track & field glory days, and so they lined it up on the track for bragging rights. Let’s see who has the fastest mom & dad, and let’s see what coaches will show you why it’s sometimes better to stay retired.
Check this all out, only on Generation Nexxt, presented by SOC, keeping you in the game.



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