Denise Spann

Former Port Charlotte Athlete Michelle Atherley Transfers From Auburn To Miami Denise Spann Jun 29, 2016

Making a mark in Division I track and field is not easy. To be a freshman in such a competitive environment, and to still be able to conquer the pressure and succeed is very rare. Michelle Atherley, has made serious strides in her first year at Auburn University. Atherley made it to the NCAA DI Indoor Nationals in the pentathlon, the only freshmen to do so; and she also competed at the outdoor championships in the 4x100m relay, anchoring the team. After what seemed to be a great season, Atherley has revealed she won't be returning to Auburn next fall.

5 Things I learned From Sanya Richard Ross Denise Spann May 1, 2016

This week, Sanya Richards-Ross, the reigning 400m Olympic Gold medalist, made it known that this season will be her final lap around the world. Her retirement announcement was heard all around the world, and her fans and fellow US teammates were devastated by the news. Ever since I was 9 years old, I wanted to be like Sanya.

AAU Club Championships Dream Team - E.O.T.O Elite Denise Spann Jul 16, 2015

The future of South Florida track and field are on their way to the USATF Junior Olympics in a little more than two weeks, but before they dominate on their own with their respective clubs, they have decided to join forces for the AAU Club Championships.

Spotlight Q&A: Daishon Spann Denise Spann May 8, 2015

As an athlete only in the 8th grade, Daishon Spann has multiple national championships not only in the 800m, but the 400m as well. This lady is an all around athlete and competes in the 100mh, high jump, 200m, 400m and the 800m. She also competes in a few multi events during the summer.

Track 101: Mentally Preparing For A Race Denise Spann Feb 26, 2015

There are some races that you can never imagine yourself running even if it helps you become a better athlete. I'm pretty sure that's how a 400m/800m runner feels when they are asked to run cross country and it's definitely how I feel when my coach tells me I have to run the 800m.

In Her Own Words: Denise Spann - In The Blink Of An Eye Denise Spann Feb 5, 2015

Track season is literally a few weeks away and I honestly can't believe that it's my senior season. There have been many days where I didn't think I'd make it to where I am now. If you were going to tell me when I was a freshman that I would break both of my ankles and lose sophomore eligibility, but still be able to be sign to Michigan State (a Division I university and top 25 preseason college team), and have one last season to put myself out on the track for the world to see… I wouldn't believe it.

Around The Track: Early South Florida Signees Denise Spann Jan 21, 2015

As the outdoor season is approaching many people may be wondering where this year's seniors are going to spend the next four years for their athletic careers. In South Florida a few of the nation's top track athletes got to sign early in the November period to some of the best schools in the country.

Under the Radar: Amanda Baker - Westminster Academy Denise Spann Oct 14, 2014

Cross Country season is in full swing and that means more mileage and ice bath galore. 32 days and countingis all that we have left until cross country athletes and fans alike make the trip up to Tallahassee to see who will reign for the next year. This cross country season, I thought I would introduce you to those who are making an impressive charge towards the state meet, athletes that are Under the Radar. This senior has definitely had her fair share of injuries, but has shown her strength by getting through every last one. Amanda Baker of Westminster Academy will be leading the Lady Lions throughout this cross country season.

Andrew James Prepares For 2014 Youth Olympics Denise Spann Jul 30, 2014

As the summer track season is coming to a close there's only one meet left, the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. One of Florida's very own is going to make the trip all the way across the world to compete for his country. Andrew James, a recent Cardinal Gibbons transfer will be running the 400m and representing the USA at this prestigious meet. 

Florida's Next Wave Of Female Quarter-Mile Phenoms Denise Spann Jul 21, 2014

Running the 400m in a competitive state like Florida, where there are so many talented girls in the event makes it hard to shine when it comes to the high school season as well as the summer circuit. Ladies like Kendall Ellis, Sharrika Barnett and Gabrielle Gayles are just a few 400m standouts. Last week at the AAU Club Championships three ladies represented the Sunshine State very well, bringing back some very fast times that look promising going into the next season.

13 Year Old Daishon Spann Stands Out At AAU Club Nationals Denise Spann Jul 20, 2014

To become a great track athlete you really have to get a head start. It's hard to start in high school. I'm not saying it can’t be done, but by getting multiple years to learn the ropes as well as get to know your competition it really helps create a great all around athlete. To have a range from the 100mh - 1500m is something you don’t see often especially if you’re actually good. Most athletes like this go into the multi events and try their luck there. This young lady has not only tried the multi-event circuit and the hurdles for the first time this year, not to mention she is a multiple time AAU Club National Champion. Daishon Spann runs hard on the track locally and nationally and I am proud to call her my sister. 

Athletes Who Shine Under The Radar: Isaiah Taylor Denise Spann Jul 19, 2014

As we wind down the 2014 outdoor track and field season, it is fitting to close out this year’s ‘Under the Radar’ series with someone very deserving.  In Florida we’re known for our huge amount of sprinters. Being that there are so many, some great athletes get lost in the crowd behind athletes such as Kendall Williams, Andre Ewers, and Michael Timpson Jr. Now that most of these high class sprinters have graduated, the seniors of 2015 are taking over, and one of those sprinters to watch out for is Isaiah Taylor. Taylor has been rising on the track and field ladder this past year, but very few know of him even though he placed 4th in the 4A state meet this year in the 100m and has a personal best of 10.48.