JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- For the past four decades, the Bob Hayes Invitational has been the premier expo for young athletes in Florida.
It's T'Nayah Mitchelles second year in the competition. "Last year I did hurdles, and I came in 5th place. This year I came in first," she said.
With 5,000 competitors at the meet, Mitchelle says the environment at the Hayes Invitational pushes her to succeed.
"Usually we just go against teams from Orange Park, and now it's teams from Jacksonville, Miami. It's real competitive," she said.
Head Northwestern Track Coach Carter Williams agrees. "It's the bread and butter of this entire community," he said of the meet.
Watching his students get so excited about this meet, Williams says he's also nervous this could be the last year it's around.