Meet of the Week: Seven Athletes To Watch In Mobile



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The Mobile Challenge of Champions has no shortage of stars set to compete at one of Alabama's top invitationals this Saturday. 

A host of high school stars from Louisiana, Alabama, Virginia and Mississippi are scheduled to compete in the invitational section of the meet, and there's no doubt it should elicit some truly epic performances. 

Below, we profile seven of the top talents headed to Mobile.

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7. Michael Vocke, New Orleans Jesuit (LA)

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Grade: Sophomore, Class of 2024

Events: 800m

Bio: We have a sneaking suspicion Vocke will make a major jump in 2022.

So you can all but slash that PR of 1:57.43 from 2021 off the personal record board. As a freshman, Vocke was fourth best in Louisiana at the 800 meter distance -- to be fair, he was No. 1 in the 1,600m and 3,200m, too. 

But after a torrid cross country campaign, which included a PR of 15:06.44 for 5K and his first LHSAA Class 5A state championship, you can point to Vocke as probably one guy due for a big bump in time at this distance. 

And he's not just a distance runner to watch in Louisiana, but a possible national name to look out for at all three distances: the 800m, 1,600m and 3,200m. 

His effort on Saturday will be his first at the half-mile in 2022. After opening with a 9:06.11 for 3,200m in March at the Texas Distance Festival -- fourth-best in Louisiana history and 29th-best in the U.S. -- the next step is the 800m. 

He'll be going up against an Alabama champion in Charles Perry. 

6. Patrick Daves, Bayside Academy (AL)

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Grade: Senior, Class of 2022

Events: 110mH, 300mH

Bio: One of Alabama's top athletes and a national-level hurdler and horizontal jumper, Daves will continue his season at the Challenge of Champions in the 110mH and 300mH. 

Thus far this year, he's produced all conditions times of 14.14 in the former and 38.24 in the latter. But what the Alabama recruit is hoping for is a stark jump under 14 and 37 in those two event areas. With those kinds of performances, Daves would land himself among the nation's top five and top 10 athletes in both categories. 

He's currently ranked U.S. No. 21 in the 300mH. 

5. Makeriah Harris, Scotlandville (LA)

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Grade: Sophomore, Class of 2024

Events: 100mH, 300mH

Bio: Harris has very quickly etched her name among the country's finest hurdlers in 2022. At the Texas Relays last week in Austin, Texas, Harris became the first Louisiana prep female under 41 seconds for 300mH, going a U.S. No. 2 time of 40.76 seconds. 

Better yet, she's seen tremendous growth in the 100mH, posting a wind-assisted personal best of 13.58w, a time that complements two more efforts of 13.80 and 13.90 across the season. 

On Saturday, Harris will have an opportunity to solidify her hold of those events, and maybe even cut time in the process. 

4. Brooklyn Biancamano, Long Beach (MS)

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Grade: Senior, Class of 2022

Events: Mile

Bio: A standout in Mississippi for the past several years and the returning Mississippi Class 5A champion, Biancamano is in her final swan song of a season for Long Beach. A year ago, she ran 5:07.28 in the mile at the RunningLane Track Championships, a personal best at the distance. 

With another year of consistency and a maturation, she could be in line for the sub-5 club. On Saturday, she'll face Chelsea (AL) junior Cady McPhail, an Alabama Class 6A state champion, and Louisiana Class 4A champ Ella Chestnut. 

3. Ra'hji Dennis, Edna Karr (LA)

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Grade: Senior, Class of 2022

Events: 100m

Bio: The 100m and 200m are absolutely loaded here. In the 100m alone, there are five state champions in the field, including Opelika's (AL) Jarell Stinson, Warren Easton's (LA) Leon Elloie, Tylertown's (MS) Jordan Anthony and UMS Wright's Jaiden Rollins, who won an indoor state championship in the 60m in Alabama. 

Dennis himself won the Louisiana Division I indoor 60m title, but he also just ripped off an all conditions mark of 10.24 from the White Castle Invitational, which ranks at U.S. No. 7. That performance was significant, considering it was his third straight sub-11 outing and put him inside the top 10 nationally for wind-aided performances. 

Who's first? That would be Anthony, who has run 10.17w. 

The 100m final should elicit some truly elite times if all goes to plan. 

2. Jordan Anthony, Tylertown (MS)

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Grade: Senior, Class of 2022

Events: 100m, 200m

Bio: Anthony has already had a brilliant start to his outdoor season in 2022, with a wind-legal U.S. No. 1 time of 20.52 seconds in the 200m -- second-best for the U20 category thus far this year in the World -- and a wind-aided 10.17 in the 100m. 

Don't be misguided by the wind, though. 

Anthony can clearly roll. Case in point: He posted a wind-legal 10.21 (+1.9) last year at Outdoor Nationals. Indoors, he also ran 20.64 seconds at Nike Indoor Nationals, third best all-time. 

The Tylertown senior is set up for a pretty fantastic series of races here: In the 100m, he'll face a long line of elite-suitors, while in the 200m he'll face. Stinson, Elloie, Mehki Boutte and Krosse Johnson. 

Anthony has the next three months to show us just good he can be -- and we're going to bet that could be something very, very special. 

1. Madison Whyte,  Newport News Heritage (VA)

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Grade: Junior, Class of 2022

Events: 200m

Bio: Whyte has chosen to open up her 2022 season here at the Challenge of Champions. And the meet is better off for it. 

Whyte is coming off a spectacular finish to her 2022 indoor season, where she claimed a national title in the 200m at adidas Track Nationals in 23.78. She also was third at New Balance Nationals Indoor in 23.73. 

Better yet, though, she rolled to a 22.80 second anchor in her club team's (Speed Evolution) 4x200 win at adidas. Only 31 girls in high school history have gone under 23 seconds in the 200m -- Yahnari Lyons, a junior at Jonesboro (GA), was the first to do it in 2022 in 22.99. 

Can Whyte be the next to do it? We know she's capable. 

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