JACKSONVILLE – Middleburg High got expected medals from high jumpers Bryce Quiett and Kaley Petrosky, both with third place finishes, but a surprising withdrawal from sprinter/jumper Marcus Floyd …
JACKSONVILLE – Middleburg High got expected medals from high jumpers Bryce Quiett and Kaley Petrosky, both with third place finishes, but a surprising withdrawal from sprinter/jumper Marcus Floyd in two events due to injury at the FHSAA Class 3A track and field championships held May 3-4 at the University of North Florida.
Orange Park High sophomore sprinter Alex Collier finished third in the 400 with a season best 48.11 in one of the fastest events of the two-day track extravaganza. The 400 winning time was 46.72 with 47.63 second. Collier, third in prelims at 48.29, was the only sophomore that finished in the top eight runners in the final which had two juniors and the rest seniors.
Quiett and Petrosky both improved on their finishes in 2017; fourth for Petrosky and sixth for Quiett, but failed to equal their season best jumps to finish with bronze medals. Quiett, who has a 6’-7.5” leap as his best and a 6’-5.5” leap for the region 1-3A title, jumped just 6’-5.5” to take third with Donald Chaney of Belen Jesuit Prep winning at 6’-7.5”.
For the girls, Petrosky, who had to jump 5’-5.5” to win a jump off for fourth last week at the region 1-3A championships to attend the state meet, had to again jump 5’-5.5” inches to win a jump for third after jumping just 5’-3.75” in a tie with four other jumpers including Creekside High rival Abigail Thorpe.
Quiett, who had tied at 6’-5.5” with four jumpers earned the bronze medal with one less miss at previous heights. All four jumpers missed on three attempts at Chaney’s winning height.
Floyd, a region champion in the triple jump and the 100 meters, walked off the track in the 100 and withdrew from the triple jump due to a leg injury.
Orange Park distance runner John Bear, who won three district titles; 800, 1600, and 3200 and advanced in the 1600 and 3200 via Plus 8 invites, finished 14th in the 3200 in 9:59.27 with a 9:19.90 winning on Friday then returned Saturday to place ninth in the 1600 in 4:25.08 with a 4:08.17 winning time.
Orange Park also had weight thrower Destiny Basden compete in two events; the shot put and discus, with a 19th place in the shot put at 34’-2.75” with the winner at 43’-1.5” and a 20th place discus finish at 92’-3” with that winner at 133’-10”.
Orange Park’s boys 4 x 400 relay took 10th in prelims with a 3:24.39 time. Miami Northwestern won the event at 3:14.49.
In team points, Miami Northwestern won the boys title with 80 points over Northeast High and Tallahassee Chiles with Bartram Trail taking fifth while the Miami Northwestern girls won that title with 119 points over Northeast and Mater Academy with Creekside fourth. Orange Park and Middleburg, with Quiett and Collier taking thirds, had just six team points.
Class 2A track
Roy, Sampson make top 10
JACKSONVILLE – Ridgeview high jumper Jaden Roy kept his strong post-season in tact with an 11th place finish in the Class 2A track and field championships held May 3-4 at the University of North Florida to lead area athletes in Class 2A competition.
Roy, a junior, who ran cross country to strengthen his legs, cleared 6’-3.5” to finish 11th overall behind Bryson Kirksey of Bolles who won at 6’-7.5”. Triple jumper Jacolbi Sampson, a top three seed, finished ninth at 42’-10.75” after a 46’-0” region jump. The winning jump was 48’-.50”.
Roy’s consistent improved the most, according to coach Al Nesi, as he stayed right in the 6’-3” range throughout districts, regions and state.
“Now that he understand how endurance plays a part in an event like high jump, he can concentrate a little more on his technique for next year and get some better heights,” said Nesi. “I think he proved to himself what he needs to get higher.”
Also in 2A, Clay High discus thrower Kelley Catlett, a Plus 8 invitee with her 108’-6” region throw for sixth, finished 19th overall with a 99’-9” toss, well below her region toss. The winning discus toss was 142’-7”.
From Keystone Heights, distance runner Alex Guy, a junior, finished 16th in the 800 in 2:00.33; won in 1:52.12, and 15th in the 1600 in 4:30.44; won in 4:12.70.
Class 1A track
Sage sixth in hurdles
tops for Spartans
JACKSONVILLE - St. Johns Country Day School sophomore hurdler Courtney Sage finished sixth in the 300 hurdles in 46.25 after posting a third-best prelim time of 45.76 to be the Spartan’s lone finalist at the Class 1A track and field championships held May 3-4 at the University of North Florida.
In the 300 meter hurdles final, Lakeland Christian sophomore Britain Musick won in 43.96 with Providence senior Elizabeth Crosby, a rival of Sage, taking fifth in 46.07 and Bishop Snyder junior Ashley Moore taking seventh in 47.12.
In the distance races, eighth grader Matthew Stratton finished the 3200 in10:37.21 to take 23rd place with winner Trevor Foley, a senior at Citrus Park, winning the third of his three golds for the weekend in 9:27.53. Foley also won the 1A 800 and 1600 races.
In the 1600, St. Johns junior Ben Kailes finished 12th in 4:35.33 with Foley winning in 4:21.34.
In the 400, St. Johns junior Jett Isley was 15th in preliminaries with a 52.04 time. A 48.90 won the 400.
In the 800, St. Johns seventh grader Juliet Moody finished 21st in 2:30.91. A 2:13.33 won the final with the top four runners under 2:20.
St. Johns 4 x 400 girls relay team; Kendall Sage, Ava Johnson, Juliet Moody and Courtney Sage, finished 20th in preliminaries in 4:25.13. The final was won in 3:53.71 with the top three teams under four minutes.