Five Athletes To Watch At IMG Spring Break Invite


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This weekend MileSplit will be covering the IMG Spring Break Invite with archived race videos uploading almost instantly. We've found five athletes whose performances at this meet could have a big impact on the national rankings.

Take a look below at some of the athletes we think are primed for big early season performances. 

Ashton Schwartzman (IMG Acadamy, FL) 

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Schwartzman capped off his indoor season in a big way, all in the face of adversity.

He won the 400m with a new US No. 4 time of 47.83. He also anchored his IMG Acadamy teammates to wins in the 4x800m and 4x400m relays. Indoors, Schwartzman vastly improved his PR from 48.17 in 2020 at the UK High School Invitational to his 47.83 at the adidas Indoor Nationals. 

The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill signee will look to make his outdoor 400m season debut on a high note and continue to build upon the success he had during the indoor season.

His current outdoor PR is a 47.94 from the AAU Junior Olympics Games. He placed third there with that time just this past summer. 

Schwartzman is also listed to run on the 4x100m relay which is seeded with a 41.12 and the 4x400m relay which is seeded with a 3:12.00. Indoors in the 4x400m relay the same team of Adam LandenJaylen SladeCarl Hicks, and Ashton Schwartzman were able to run the US No. 1 time of  3:13.33. The group is seeded to run a 3:12.00 if they were to run that time it would be the new US No. 1. 

Pebbles Scott (Miami Norland, FL)

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The Miami Norland senior has been off to a fiery start so far this outdoor season. 

This weekend, Scott is entered to compete in the 100m, 200m, 400m dashes and the 4x400m relay. The 400m and 200m appear to be her main events. She is currently ranked US No. 6 in the 400m and US No. 4 in the 200m.

In the 400m, she has already run two subs-55 second times this season. Both of those performances came from the Louie Bing Memorial Classic. In the prelims, she posted a 54.90 while she PR'd in the finals running 54.86. 

In the 200m, Scott has a seed time of 24- seconds which has been her season's best performance so far. She ran 24.00 seconds (+3.5) to place fourth at the Louie Bing Memorial Classic.

Lucheyona Weaver (Dunbar, FL)

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Dunbar's (FL) Weaver capped off her indoor season with a national title in the 60mH (8.31) and is already well into her outdoor season without missing a beat.

The Fort Myers native is entered to compete in the 100m and 300m Hurdles, along with the open 100m and the 4x100m relay. In the 100mH, Weaver has already posted an all-conditions time of 13.56 (+3.2). That time ranks third nationally for all-conditions marks.

In the 300mH, Weaver holds a season best time of 44.74, which she ran just last weekend at the North Port Invitational. That time currently ranks US No. 19. She is seeded with a 43.38 and holds a lifetime best of 43.27.

In the 100m dash, she has already broken 12 seconds this season running 11.96 all-conditions. That time ranks US No. 35. As a team Dunbar has posted a seasons best 47.15 in the 4x100m 

Leonard Mustari (Dunbar, FL)

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The Dunbar High School senior had quite the phonal indoor campaign. He was able to take home national championships in both the long jump and the 60mH.

At the IMG Spring Break Invitational, Mustari will be competing in both the 100m and 300m hurdles and both the long and triple jump. Mustari, much like his Dunbar teammate Weaver, didn't miss a beat in transitioning from indoor to outdoor. In his first outdoor meet of the season the Louie Bing Memorial Classic, Mustari posted an all-conditions time of 13.82 to place second behind Dillard's (FL) Jerry Philippe (13.49). The pair's times remain the US No. 1 and US No. 3 times in the event, respectively.

Mustari has yet to compete in the 300mH during the 2021 outdoor season but he holds a lifetime best of 40.35 from the 2020 George M. Steinbrenner Invitational

In the long jump, Mustari produced a mark of 24 feet 5.75 inches to win adidas Indoor Nationals. He has yet to post a jump that far this outdoor season, but he has posted the current US No. 5 all-conditions jump of 23-11.5.

Jaylen Slade (IMG Acadamy, FL) 

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Last but certainly not least is none other than IMG Academy's very own. The junior is set to compete in the 100m dash along with the 4x100m and 4x400m relays.  In the 100m dash, his coaches have him entered with a 10.28.

Slade is coming off of a remarkable junior indoor season where he set the new indoor national record in the 200m running 20.62 seconds. On top of that record, he took home national titles in the 60m dash with a new PR of 6.68 seconds and the 4x400m relay, plus he set the new US No. 2 all-time performance in the 300m dash. 

The 100m dash will be his season opener and if he were to run a 10.28 wind-legal it would be the fastest time so far this year by almost .40 seconds. 

Other Big Names To Watch:

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    Hannah Douglas (IMG Acadamy, FL) - Douglas is set to compete in the 200m, 400m and the 4x100m relay. The senior was the adidas Indoor Nationals' champion for 200m (23.69) and holds an indoor 400m PR and lifetime best of 55.37.

    Tatum David (IMG Acadamy, FL) - David is only entered in the 1,600m. According to her MileSplit profile, this will be her first individual running event since last outdoor season. She was part of the US No. 2 all-time indoor DMR team and the US No. 4 all-time indoor 4x800m team for IMG Acadamy at adidas Indoor Nationals.  

    Carly McNatt (IMG Acadamy, FL) - McNatt is entered in the 1,600m and the 2,000m steeplechase. The sophomore doesn't have a steeplechase time listed on her profile, but is entered with a 6:50.00. In the 1,600m she holds an outdoor PR of 5:29.17 from 2018. This indoor season she has already run much faster than that posting a 4:56.57 in the full mile. 

    I'Asia Wilson (Kathleen, FL) - Wilson should make the 100m dash a fun race to watch. She is one of four athletes seeded with a time under 12 seconds for the 100m. She is also entered in the 200m with a time of 24.32. She holds a PR in the 200m of 24.62.

    Columba Effiong (IMG Acadamy, FL) - Effiong, like Wilson, is one of the four athletes with seed times under 12 seconds in the 100m.