TAMPA, Fla. - Already the national junior leader in the 100-meter dash and an Olympic Trials provisional qualifier, Jeffrey Demps of Groveland South Lake High turned in the nation’s Nos. 3 and 4 times for the event following his victory at Sunday’s BAYTAF Classic youth track and field meet at Jefferson.
Demps, who is headed to the University of Florida this fall on a football scholarship, clocked 10.30 for the 100 in his qualifying round Saturday and won Sunday’s finals in 10.31. Taking second was Florida State-bound Brandon O’Connor (10.66) of Miami, who owns the nation’s second-fastest prep time in the 200 (20.82). Chamberlain junior Dentarius Locke, the Class 4A state champion in the 100, had his blocks slip slightly at the start but still wound up third in 10.70. His Matrix Track Club teammate Kentwonn Mention was fourth in 10.94.
O’Connor won Sunday’s 200 at BAYTAF in 21.39 while Locke was second in 21.67 and Tampa Bay Tech’s Leon Robinson was third (22.70). Locke and Robinson also teamed up with Mention and Chris Watson of Wharton to win the 4×100 relay in 41.78.
The three-day meet, now in its 17th year, attracted more than 2,000 youth athletes, coaches and officials from the Southeastern United States and Caribbean.
For a complete list of results from BAYTAF, check out Scott Peters’ timing web site here: www.halfmiletiming.com