BOYS TRACK AND FIELD Canaan Meester-Kitterman, sr., Bayshore
To his credit: Meester-Kitterman finished his high school career as one of the most prolific runners in Manatee County history. Last season, he finished third in the Class 2A state meet in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 4 minutes, 26.15 seconds and eighth in the 3,200 meters with a personal best of 9:42.40. He finished second at the region meet in the 1,600 and 3,200 meters and won district championships in the 1,600 and 3,200 and the 1,600 in the Manatee County championships.
Fast facts: A three-time Herald All-Area Cross Country Athlete of the Year, Meester-Kitterman arguably has been the area's most dominant male long distance runner the past several years. He lives and breathes running and says he doesn't ever see himself not running. He started running when he was 13 because it was fun. Meester-Kitterman now calls it a passion.
Up next: Meester-Kitterman accepted an athletic scholarship to Savannah College of Art and Design. He plans to major in computer game designs and either go into software or programming design or the graphic and animation side of the business.
BRADEN RIVER -- Michael Braxton, sr.; Victor Storhoff, sr.; Ahmad Dunbar, sr.; Austin Fox, sr.
CARDINAL MOONEY -- Demardre Patterson, sr.; Cal Davidson-Turner, jr.
LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Mitch Arnold, sr.; Cameron Darby, jr.; Caleb Loppe, sr.
MANATEE -- Nicholas Peters, sr.; Samuel Vrinios, jr.
OUT-OF-DOOR ACADEMY -- Tre Gregory, jr.
PALMETTO -- Adam Lester, sr.; Kyle Ohallran, jr.; Lakevin Brice, sr.
SOUTHEAST -- Keith Timmons, jr.; Cecil Richardson, sr.
GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD
Talia Falco, jr., Lakewood Ranch
To her credit: Falco won the Class 3A state title in the triple jump (38 feet, 2 inches) and high jump (5-6) and finished third in the long jump (17-9). She won the triple jump in the region and district meets.
Fast facts: Her favorite subject is European history, in particular the Renaissance. She won't watch scary movies. Along with younger sister, Sophia, Falco was a key member of Lakewood Ranch's highly successful girls soccer team.
Up next: Falco says she will concentrate more on track and field and hopes to earn a scholarship to college in that sport. She is not sure of her college major, but says she would someday like to work in fashion management or marketing or become a psychiatrist.
BAYSHORE -- Joy Norman, jr.; Sierra Sanders, jr.
CARDINAL MOONEY -- Grace Casagrande, sr.
LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Michelle Last, sr.; Sophia Falco, fr.; Andrea McDonald, fr.; Carolyn Super, sr.; Julia Ortiz, soph.; Cree Lotterer, soph.; Reide Ryans, soph.
MANATEE -- Jessaylyn Kinlaw, sr.; O'Neesha Shaw, jr.; Jacquelyn Armer, jr.
OUT-OF-DOOR ACADEMY -- Madison Shaw, jr.
PALMETTO -- Elizabeth Atkinson, fr.; Jessica McKinney, sr.
SAINT STEPHEN'S -- Lauren Csubak, sr.; Janae Murrell, jr.
-- Capsules by Alan Dell, Herald staff