Broncos distance girls, Raiders’ speed boys take Don Hall titles

By Randy Lefko
Posted 4/4/18

ORANGE PARK – Fueled by wins in two relays, the 400 and in the high jump, the Middleburg High girls track team took top honors over Fleming Island at the Don Hall Memorial Track Invitational held …

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Broncos distance girls, Raiders’ speed boys take Don Hall titles

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ORANGE PARK – Fueled by wins in two relays, the 400 and in the high jump, the Middleburg High girls track team took top honors over Fleming Island at the Don Hall Memorial Track Invitational held Thursday at Orange Park High School.

With high jumper Kaley Petrosky winning her specialty by six inches then leading off the winning 4 x 100 relay and finally finishing second in the 200 by just .04 seconds, the Lady Broncos, with a win also in the 4 x 800 relay, scored 87 points to hold off Fleming Island’s 64 points and Ridgeview’s 61 to take team honors.

Middleburg got a win from Hannah Hart in the 400 also.

For the boys, Orange Park got two wins from sophomore sprinter Alex Collier in the 100 meters and the 400 to pull away from Fleming Island with 127 points to the Golden Eagles 82 for second. Ridgeview, with a win at high jump from Jaden Roy and a win at triple jump from Jacolbi Sampson, was third at 64.

Orange Park distance ace John Bear led the Raiders’ 4 x 800 relay to an 8:24.51 finish to beat runnerup Trinity Christian’s 9:16.54 by nearly a minute. Junior Steven Aris doubled with a 4:58.70 win in the 1600 and a 2:11.67 fifth in the 800. Bear later won the 3200 in the night’s final individual event; the 3200, in 10:15.06 with Stevenson Aris hanging on for third at 11:15.61.

St. Johns Country Day School showed some track prowess as districts loom in two weeks with junior Benjamin Kailes winning the 800 in 2:08.68; seventh grader Juliet Moody winning the 800 in 2:33.05 and hurdler Courtney Sage dominating the 300 hurdles in 46.04 to win by nearly four minutes. Sage was second in the 100 hurdles.

Ridgeview freshman Marisa Kortright continued her strong running in the 1600 with a win at 5:42.07.

In the field events, Orange Park got a win in the shot put from Destiny Basden at 34’-6.5” with junior David Araujo winning the boys shot at 44’-8.6”. Middleburg senior Alex Barfield won the discus at 138’-6.9” with Clay senior Kelley Catlett taking the girls discus title over two Middleburg throwers; Dakota Peppard and Paige Novatsky in one of the closest competitions of the day. Catlett won with a 111’-5.8” with Peppard at 108’-6.3” and Novatsky at 105’-11”.

Sampson knocked out Middleburg’s Marcus Floyd in the triple jump with a 44’-11.4” leap to Floyd’s 44’-5.9”. Fleming Island’s Darnell Deas jumped 43’-11’2”.

Ridgeview’s Crystal Hunter won the girls triple jump at 34’-10.11” with teammate Jhatarra Sampson third at 33’-00”.

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