All-County Boys Track
Athlete of the Year: Markevus Jackson (OHS, Soph.)
All-County team: St. Cloud: Zach Cloud, Alex Miranda, John-Anthony Hernandez. Osceola: Elijah Gotshall.Harmony: Christian Taylor, Garrett Palmer. Poinciana: Theodore Nelson, Omario Wright, John Sanchez, Guy Bond, Aaron Hernandez.
Osceola track sprinter Markevus Jackson burst onto the county scene as a freshman in 2018, making a loud statement in the sprints at the Orange Belt Conference meet.
As a sophomore, Jackson became a fixture running the 200 and 400 meter races, and remained a viable fill-in in a 100 meter race or on the 4x100 relay team.
He’s already set school records in both of his favorite events, the 200 and 400, and intends to send those records even lower over the next two years.
The message he’s sending to his county, district, regional and state foes?
Catch me if you can.
Up to the state races, few did.
Jackson won the 200 and 400 and anchored the Kowboys’ winning 4x400 relay at the OBC meet, and was first or second in each of those races at the district and regional meets. At the Class 4A state meet he finished seventh in both the 200 and 400, the latter (47.94) his fastest yet at that distance.
With that resume, it’s clear Jackson is the Osceola News-Gazette Boys Track Athlete of the Year.
Jackson, who also ran with the 4x400 team to a 14th place finish at state, said the seventh-place runs weren’t all that disappointing, since he didn’t make the finals as a freshman.
“I was actually happy about it,” he said. “This year was harder, because I had set the bar in my freshman year, and I felt like I had my own expectations to meet.”
Jackson’s been running for 12 years. Actually, make that chasing. His older brother Marcus, who now runs collegiately at Meridian (Miss.) Community College, got him into going fast.
“We raced all the time. I never caught him,” Markevus said.
He’s run AAU events since, and now works with Empire Athletics of Orlando (he’s featured on the front page of its website), and has always been a sprinter.
“The 200 and 400 have always been my favorite. I think I’ve left the 100 behind,” he said. “I like my races shorter. I like the 200 a little better because I can go all out.”
The 47.94 he ran in the 400 and state, and his best 200 time (21.79) are school records. He intends to get those much lower over the next two years, which will put him closer to becoming a state sprint champion.
“Winning state is definitely a high goal,” Jackson said.
Maybe by then nobody, his brother or his competitors at state, will catch him.