My name is Dominique Smith and I'm a sports journalist. I'm currently the
Florida Insider and Recruiting Analyst for Buckeye Scoop and a sports clerk for the Orlando Sentinel. Previously, I was a contributing writer for Florida Runners. I graduated with a degree in journalism from UCF in 2019 
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 Welcome to my adventure in the journalism world!

Invisible Strings: Robyn Stevens' Long Road To A Dream Fulfilled

Robyn Stevens has the need for speed….walking. It’s what she was destined to do. She takes on the persona of her favorite superhero, Supergirl when she hits the race walking course. Her grit, fearlessness, determination and her underrated nature play to her advantage against her opponents. Just ask Kevin Hart and Keegan-Michael Key, who tested Robyn and lost in their race walk attempt on Hart’s “Going for Gold – 2020 Tokyo “Tryout” episode on his “LOL” network. Those same qualities helped her

With Or Without The Mask, Raven Saunders Is Always Herself

Raven Saunders can have two different personalities and a seven-foot shot put ring determines which personality she will display on any given day. Saunders takes on the personality of a popular Marvel superhero when she walks in the shot put ring – The Incredible Hulk. She says she relates to the Hulk when it comes to competition because the Hulk operates with reckless abandonment when he needs to go into full form and if there was a mission that needed to get done, he did whatever it took to

The Gold Standard: Kaylin Whitney

That’s the superhero that Kaylin Whitney says best describes her on the track. She prefers Tom Holland’s version of the character because as she puts it, he’s constantly in a state of fun. “..He just seems like he’s having fun all the time and that’s how I feel like now,” Whitney said. “I just have fun with what I do, and I do love it. And that’s just how I feel all the time.” She certainly felt that way on the evening of June 20, the night she qualified for the 4×400 relay team at the 2020 Ol

XC Teams Facing Off-season Uncertainty Head On

COVID-19 has caused a great deal of uncertainty as to what the offseason will look like for cross country teams in the state of Florida. As coaches and athletes wait for the official word as to when they are allowed to train as a team, we reached out to a few coaches around the state to hear how they're dealing with the unknown. Ryan Lowe, who is the head coach of the boy's cross country team at Lake Mary High School describes the past couple of months as quite the experience. Lowe said that h

Passion and Effort Leads To Success For Samuel Austin

Samuel Austin has two things in mind when he steps up to the starting line for a race: to win and to leave everything he has on the track. "I really want to win, but I also feel like if I don't give it my all, then what's the point," he said. The junior from Oviedo High School admits that he throws up after every race he runs. For him, the vomit is validation that his efforts were not in vain. "If I give it my all, then I'm going to throw up every time," he said. Austin consistently delivere

Prose With The Pro's: Chris Kail of Elite Timing

At any given track meet, Chris Kail will sit underneath a large tent near the finish-line with his laptop open, making sure that everything is going according to plan. He arrives two hours before the meet starts to set up his equipment and make sure everything works and is one of the last to leave when the meet is over. While this may seem like a lot of work, working in timing has turned out to be a match made in heaven for Kail, as it has combined two things he loves, track and computers. Kai

Pole Vault Coach Focuses On The Process Over Performance

Bill Cashman is proof that numbers never lie. In his 36 years of coaching, he's coached over 70 state champions with 51 of the champions coming by way of the pole vault, 6 national champions, over 100 high school All-Americans and his athletes have earned 11 state records in the pole vault. His coaching style has resulted in the success of the athletes that he trains. What's the key behind his coaching success? His former athlete Erica Sergeant, the former three-time state champion and two-time

Central Florida Roundup: Athletes Shine at Brian Jager

The respective tracks in Winter Park and down in Miami were burning from the fast times and fantastic performances from all across the state. The Central Florida area dropped epic performances during the Brian Jager Elite Classic and the Sam Burley Hall of Fame Invitational. Here are a few of the more impressive results that the Central Florida athletes had last weekend. Tyson Williams put on a show at the Brian Jager Elite Classic, running his second fastest time ever in the 110m hurdles with

Takeaways From Windermere Meet of Champions

The cool February air couldn't chill the heat from the track that was caused by today's athletes at the 3 rd Annual Windermere Meet of Champions track meet. The St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders boy's and girl's teams came away winners from Saturday's meet, with the boy's scoring 113.50 points and the girls scoring 109 points. The athletes who competed gave great effort, which resulted in fast times and down-to-the-wire finishes. Here are a few performers and performances that stood out to us on Saturd

Central Florida Athletes We Can Expect To Shine This Season

Burton finished second to Hannah Douglas in the 200m at the George Jenkins Invitational last Saturday, but her time of 24.51 in the race is still quite impressive. She's coming off of an impressive indoor season, running a time of 56.32 in the 400m and now in her second outdoor 200m race, she's ranked No. 1 in Class 3A. Smith, who is committed to the University of Georgia for football, won the 100m at the George Jenkins Invitational last Saturday with a time of 10.61. This gives him the second
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