Thursday, Oct 23, 2014
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Sebring dominates track finale


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SEBRING - The Blue Streaks track and field program continue to excel.

Thursday afternoon at Firemen's Field, the Sebring boys dominated the competition, totaling 180.50 points. The Streaks crushed second-place Hardee, which scored 86.50. Bartow (52) was third, followed by Lake Placid (26) in fourth, while Avon Park (7) rounded out the group.

In the girls competition, Hardee edged Sebring for first, as the Wildcats amassed 103 points to the Streaks 98. Lake Placid (68) finished third, Avon Park (53) was fourth, and Bartow (28) placed fifth.

Sebring captured 14 individual events between its boys and girls team. Cameron Cobb, Jordyn Blount, and Gary Demarest each won two events.

Cobb was a blur on the track, capturing the 110-meter (17.90 seconds) and 300 hurdles (43.78). Blount continued his dominance in the high jump and long jump events. Blount was the only athlete to break the 20-foot mark in the long jump, leaping 20-feet, 1.5-inches to win. In the high jump, an event in which Blount has nearly broken the school's record on numerous occasions, he leapt 5-feet, 8-inches to best teammate Byron Cobb and Avon Park's Jermiah Alamondea, who tied for second at 5-feet, 6-inches.

Demarest displayed his superb strength in the discus and shot put events, breezing past the competition. In the shot put, Demarest launched the shot 43-feet, 8.5 inches to thwart teammate Michael Ford (37-feet, 2-inches). The discus throw saw similar results, as Demarest won with a stellar distance of 135-feet, 6-inches.

Latoya Henry and Denise Constant helped Sebring sweep the shot put and discus throw events. Henley she won the girls event with a toss of 31-feet, 2-five inches, while Constant was the only athlete to break the century mark in the discus event, tossing it 102-feet, 6.5-inches.

The Streaks were masterful in the distance events as well. Eric and Damian Foster were instrumental in guiding Sebring to a myriad of wins. The duo combined their talents with Malcolm Holdman and Lukas High to capture the 4x800 relay in 8:58.43. The Streaks were the only team to finish the event in under nine minutes. In the 4x100 rleay, Bount, Willi Allen, Desmond Edwards, and Brian Dixon helped Sebring to first place with a stellar time of 43.40.

Eric Foster, Damian Foster, and Dixon also excelled in the individual distanct events. Eric won the 1600 run with a time of 4:48.46, while Damian captured the 800 in 2:10.62. Dixon trotted into first in the 200 dash at 21.96.

Kelvin Brown and Dygeriyan Barge took care of the 400 and 100 dash for Sebring. Brown won the 400 in 55.84 while Barge captured the 100 in 11.31.

Ali Blackman continued her dominance in the pole vault event for the Streaks, winning the event with a vault of 7-feet, 6-inches.

Meanwhile, for Lake Placid, Quiahja Williams had arguably the best day of any Green Dragon.

Ayana Thoams, Imani Powell, Brittany Inch, an Constact also worked together to help Sebring capture its only girls relay event, as the quartet won the event in 55.69.

Williams won the 100-meter dash with a sizzling time of 12.94 seconds. She was the only runner to finish the race in under 13 seconds. In the 4x100 relay, Williams combined her talents with Rosa Ramirez, Allison Kinchen, and Tara Lowder to guide the Green Dragons to a second place finish (55.94).

Williams was just as prolific in the field events. She won the high jump and long jump events easily, leaping 17-feet, 1-inch in the long jump while soaring 5-feet, 2-inches in the high jump.

Lashaday Love, Keyanesta Fullerd, and Shanice Leverson gave Avon Park some of its best performances of the afternoon. Leverson captured both the 100 and 300 hurdles, winning with times of 19.46 and 55.56, respectively. Love won the triple jump with a leap of 30-feet, 2-inches to best Sebring's Powell (28-feet, 9-inches. And Fullerd edged Constant for first place in the 400 dash. Fullerd finished in 1:08.09 while Constant came in at 1:09.43.

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