The Highland Oaks Middle School varsity girls’ track & field team capped off an undefeated season by winning the Miami-Dade Middle School Championship at Ferguson Sr. High School. The champs are front from left, Kyara Walters, Amaya Strange, Jadae Barrett; back, Kayla Castor, Naomi Taylor, Vashti Claybrook, Jadae Joseph, Tekiyah Lyttle, and Coach Matt Tomlinson.


In the most exciting day in the history of Highland Oaks Middle School track & field, three of its four teams won county titles during the Miami-Dade Middle School Championships at Ferguson Sr. High School.

The Highland Oaks JV girls repeated as county champions, defeating 18 teams. The Panthers outscored their nearest competitor, Palmetto Middle, 122-61. Highland Oaks’ Paris Baker won the meet’s Outstanding Female Competitor Award, after finishing first in the 100, 200 and 400. Jada Joseph won the high jump and the long jump and was runner-up in the 100. Brook Couri repeated as triple jump champion.

Anissa-Lespinase-Casimir took fourth in the 800 and 1,600. Khamani McMullen placed fourth in the 400. Destiny Desrivieres was fifth in the 800, and Aniyah Brown was seventh in the discus. The girls swept the 3,200, 1,600 and 400 meter relays. McMullen, Saint Louis, Desrivieres, Baker were on the winning 1,600 unit and Joseph, Couri, McMullen, Annika Grosfeld on the first place 400 group. The 3,200 relay (Jada Saint-Louis, Brianna Easy, Desrivieres, Lespinase-Casimir) set a county record at 11:09.

The Highland Oaks varsity girls topped 15 teams to win the county championship and cap off an undefeated season for the Panthers’ JV and varsity girls. Ammons Middle led by half a point entering the final event, the 1,600 relay. Jadae Joseph, Amaya Strange, Jadae Barrett, and Captain Vashti Claybrook won that relay over Ammons to clinch the team title.

Claybrook led the varsity squad by winning the 400, placing third in the 100 and taking fifth in the 200. Joseph won the triple jump and was third in long jump. Barrett placed third in the 800 and fourth in the discus. Amaya Strange finished third in the 400 and seventh in the 200. The 400 relay (Strange, Naomi Taylor, Kyara Walters, Joseph) was second, and Tekiya Lyttle placed fourth and Kayla Castor seventh, respectively, in the shot put.

The Highland Oaks JV boys bested 15 teams to become county champs. Gaethan Bernadel led the way by winning the discus and placing third in the shot put. Cawa Fernandes was third in the long jump and fourth in the 200. Bradley Mesa finished third in the high jump. Maleek Saint-Louis was fourth in the 1,600.

Braxton Lee and Jeremiah Rivera took sixth and eighth, respectively, in the triple jump. The boys took second in the 400 relay (Mesa, Jason Pifferrer, Saint-Louis, Fernandes), third in the 1,600 relay (Zachary Henry, Lee, Fernandes, Saint-Louis) and fifth in the 3,200 relay (Henry, Rivera, Lee, Saint-Louis).

The Highland Oaks varsity boys team, despite having only six competitors, finished a respectable sixth of 19 teams. Ezekiel Figueoroa was second in the shot put and Giovanni Davis third in the discus. Kemoni Brown placed fourth in the triple jump and fifth in the 400. The 1,600 relay (Deandre Richards, Julian Davis, Giovanny Davis, Brown) was fifth.

Ponce de Leon track

The Ponce de Leon Middle School boys’ varsity track team won the Miami-Dade Middle School Championship Qualifier at Ferguson High School.

The Ponce boys’ JV track team was runner up in its division, and the Ponce girls’ JV and varsity teams each finished in the Top 5 of 21 schools.

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