Lauryn Williams, Carson High School, Carson, California
Schools of Interest: UC Irvine, Sacramento State, UNLV, Columbia
Last season Lauryn Williams had the 16th best shot put throw in all of California at 41-6.5. She was the Los Angeles City Section Finals champ at 41-1 and placed seventh at the state championship meet at 41 feet. In 2022, Williams recorded a runner-up finish at the Los Angeles City Section Finals. Williams is also getting it done in the classroom with a 4.2 GPA. That's a big reason why she's got the eye of Ivy League institution Columbia.
Success at schools of Interest: UNLV's Rosa Santana is a member of the Dominican Republic National Team. She had an All-American season in 2023 as she finished third in the shot put at the NCAA Championships during outdoor season. Sacramento State's Breanna Espinoza sophomore season was the best of her first two years. She won a silver medal in the discus throw at the Big Sky championship meet. Deandra Tyler had a strong 2023 season for UC Irvine as well. She was the runner-up at the Big West Championships.
Skyy Dixon, Providence School, Jacksonville, Florida
Schools of Interest: Penn, Duke, Miami, South Florida
When it comes to sprints, Skyy Dixon is about as strong as they come in the state of Florida. She won state and regional championships in the 100 meters and 200 meters. Dixon also placed third in the 400 meters at the state meet, while winning a district championship in that event.
Success at schools of Interest: Miami is loaded with strong sprinters in the 400 meters but since the departure of All-American Jacious Sears who starred at Tennessee last season, The U didn't have a big time 100 meters participant. Miami's conference foe, Duke also has strong 400 meters competitors too and could use Dixon's help in the 100 and 200 meters. Over the past two seasons we've seen many athletes such as Skyla Wilson, Haley Rizek, Isabella Whittaker and Lauryn Harris thrive at Penn, so that program would also be a good fit for Dixon who has a lot of nice options to select from when it comes to running on the collegiate level.
Aniyah Brown, Cardinal Ritter High School, St. Louis, Missouri
Schools of Interest: Miami, Kentucky, Ohio State
Aniyah Brown was the state runner-up in the 100 meters and the district champion during the 2023 season. She also placed third in the 200 meters at the state meet. Her biggest year was in 2022 when she took gold in the 100 meters and 200 meters at the state meet. During AAU season Brown was a silver medal winner in the 100 meters at the AAU Junior Olympics. During indoor season she had Missouri's fastest 55 meters time (7.22) and second fastest 60 meters finish (7.51).
Success at schools of Interest: Like we said with Skyy Dixon, Miami could use some strong 100 meters and 200 meters sprinter to compliment its 400 meters depth. Brown could also help Kentucky who previously had four of the best sprinters in the nation just two seasons ago. Victoria Perrow is a Kentucky sprinter that could have an impactful season. If she's still there, she would be a good mentor for Brown. Ohio State has cranked out its share of All-American sprinters over the past couple of seasons. Nya Bussey is the most accomplished returning Buckeye. If Brown wants an idea of what success as an Ohio State sprinter looks like, she should follow the First-Team All-American Bussey's 2024 run back to the NCAA Championships.
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