Two Florida prep sprint standouts broke the boys and girls national high school 100-meter high school records Saturday, highlighting the USA Track and Field National Junior Championships in Eugene, Ore.
According to USTA media chairman Fred Baer, Kaylin Whitney, an incoming junior at East Ridge (Clermont, Fla.)
, won the girls 100 in 11.10 seconds breaking the high school mark of Chino's Angela Williams (11.11) set in 1998.
Whitney beat MaxPreps National Female Athlete of the Year Ariana Washington
, of Long Beach Poly (Calif.)
, who finished in second at 11.30. Washington, a recent graduate who is headed to Oregon, was the national leader in 11.22. Whitney ran her heat with a legal 0.9 miles per second wind at her back.
"It's a fast time," Whitney told Baer. "I mean, it's a national high school record. It's crazy fast."
Said Washington: "She was just phenomenal. I'm excited for her and I'm excited for me. I love running for Team USA."
The top two finishers in most events qualify for the IAAF World
Junior Championships, which will be held in the USA for the first time,
July 22-27 at Oregon.
In a boys 100 preliminaries, Trentavis Friday, a recent graduate of Cherryville (N.C.)
, ran a high school record of 10.00, bettering the mark of 10.01 by Jeff Demps in 2008. Demps attended South Lake (Groveland, Fla).
The Florida State-bound Friday then ran in Saturday's finals, but false started and was eliminated. Incoming Baylor sophomore Trayvon Bromell won the finals in 10.07, ahead of another prep standout Kendal Williams, who finished in 10.27. Williams is a recent graduate of Stanton (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Bromell ran a wind-aided 9.99 last year at Gibbs (St. Petersburg, Fla.), the only prep runner to ever break 10 seconds under any conditions.
It was a superb week for Friday, who Monday was announced as the Gatorade Track and Field Male Athlete of the Year. The award recognizes outstanding athletic and academic achievement. Bromell was the 2012-13 Gatorade Male Track and Field Athlete of the Year. Friday is a finalist for the Gatorade overall Athlete of the Year which will be announced July 15 in Hollywood, Calif.
For complete results, see usatf.org