Pasco High has had its share of impressive track and field athletes the past few seasons, but one’s starting to make her name well known — and not just in Pasco County.
Pirates sophomore sprinter Alfreda Steele qualified for the Class 2A state meet last season, finishing fourth in the 100. This season, Steele’s time of 11.51 seconds at the Anclote Invitational ranks among the state’s best.
Steele owns school records in the 100 and 200 with times of 11.51 and 24.23, respectively. The sophomore has her sights set on winning state gold in the 100 and her next opportunity to set more records will be the Sunshine Athletic Conference championships at Anclote on March 29.
Steele will face stiff county competition from Zephyrhills’ Kara Young and JaKayla Jones, who finished second (11.82) and third (12.07), respectively, in the 100 at the Anclote Invitational.
Ried continues torrid pace
Anclote coach Alan Parmenter believes several athletes on his boys track and field squad have strong chances to reach the state finals in Jacksonville next month, but it seems none have stood out as much as sprinter Jamaree Ried.
Ried, who competes in the 110 and 300 meter hurdles for the Sharks, also played on Anclote’s football team this past fall and has been improving each season. He won both the 110 and 300 hurdle events at the Anclote Invitational in 14.61 and 40.43, respectively.
“I definitely think I can qualify for the state meet and take home some titles at districts,” Ried said. “Maybe, just maybe, I might be able to go for that state championship, but we’ll see how that goes. I still have a lot of work to do. I’ve got to get faster.”
The senior also competed in the 5th Annual USF/George M. Steinbrenner Invitational on Saturday, finishing seventh in the 110 hurdles (15.46) and 10th in the 300 hurdles (41.61). Ried and the Sharks head to the FSU Relays in Tallahassee on Friday, and after the SAC championships, Ried has two more regular-season meets — the Pepsi Florida Relays in Gainesville and the Suncoast Relays — before the Class 2A-District 9 meet.
Saturday SAC meet this year
Usually the annual Sunshine Athletic Conference track and field championships are held on a Thursday or Friday, but the meet was moved to Saturday, March 29, according to Parmenter.
The SAC meet will be hosted by Anclote and field events will begin at 10 a.m. The meet will include track and field teams from every Pasco County public school.
Correspondent Andy Villamarzo covers Pasco County prep track and field and can be reached at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @avillamarzo.