Kaylin Whitney of Clermont East Ridge broke the U.S. high school record with a 11.10-second time for 100 meters on Saturday in Eugene, Oregon. (file photo by Stephen M. Dowell, Orlando Sentinel) (June 14, 2014)
Clermont East Ridge 16-year-old Kaylin Whitney broke state and national high school records for the 100-meter dash with a winning time of 11.10 seconds on Saturday night at the USA Track & Field Junior Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Oregon.
Whitney, this year's Florida Class 4A state champion in the 100 and 200 as a sophomore, smoked California state champion Ariana Washington (11.30) and First Academy-Orlando rising senior Teahna Daniels (11.31) with a brilliant performance. Her time surpassed a record of 11.11 set in 1998 by Angela Williams of Chino, Calif.
The previous state high school record was 11.13, set in 1976 by Jacksonville Ribault's Chandra Cheeseborough at the U.S. Olympic Trials.
There was a 0.9 meters per second aiding wind for the final -- well under the limit of 2.0 mps to achieve sprint records.
Washington was the U.S. 2014 leader with an 11.22 time until Whitney crossed the line in 11.17 in Saturday's semifinal round to break the U.S. sophomore record.
Whitney lost to Daniels for the second time this season at Orlando's Golden South Classic in May, but is now on a streak that includes 100 victories at the adidas New York City Grand Prix meet (11.27) and the Brooks PR Invitational in Seattle (11.35).
Whitney won 3A state 100 and 200 titles as a ninth grader for East Ridge.
She is scheduled to run the 200 on Sunday.
Terry Jernigan, who won 4A boys 100 and 200 titles for East Ridge, placed fourth in the USA Outdoor Junior Championships in a time of 10.30. Former Florida state champion Trayvon Bromell, now a freshman at Baylor, won in 10.07.
Buddy Collings is a senior sports writer covering high schools for the Orlando Sentinel. You can reach him at email@example.com.