Sebring athletes captured seven district titles at the Class 3A-District 7 meet in Lakeland on Thursday, as the Blue Streaks walked away with the team title, with the Sebring girls placing third in the team standings.
In the Class 2A-Region 2 meet, which was held in Jacksonville, it was a day of several near misses and one direct hit, as Lake Placid’s Dalton Shelton won the regional title in the 3,200-meters with a time of 9:54.59.
Fellow Green Dragon Keplet Charite placed fifth in the 110 hurdles in a time of 15.64, while Avon Park’s Steven Roberts was fifth in the 300 hurdles (41.53) and eighth in the 110 hurdles.
For the Blue Streaks, it was a banner day in the pole vault, with Byron Cobb winning the boys side with a height of 12-0 and Kiley Blake Fort winning the girls portion with a mark of 8-6. Alex Blackman also qualified for regionals with a mark of 7-6, which tied her for third. Brittany Inch placed sixth (7-0), as did Justin Hough (9-0) on the boys side.
Gary DeMarest had a big day in throws, capturing the discus title with a throw of 146-feet-10 1/2 feet and placing second in the shot put with a distance of 44-2 1/2.
Brain Dixon raced to the boys 200 meter title in a time of 22.35 and also placed third in the 100 meters in 11.05.
Taylor Tubbs cruised to victories in both the 800 and 1,600, winning the 800 in 2:20.62 and the 1,600 in 5:06.63.
Damian Foster made it a 1,600-meter sweep for Sebring, winning the boys race in 4:40.55 and adding a second-place finish in the 3,200 (10:33.21).
Shalontay Rose had an all-around solid meet and advanced in two events, placing second in the high jump (5-0) and fourth in the long jump (15-9 3/4). She also placed seventh in the triple jump.
Jordyn Blount placed second in the boys high jump (6-0) to move to regionals and was fifth in the long jump with a leap of 21-0.
Destiny McCartney qualified for regionals in the 100 hurdles, finishing in 17.11, while Hannah Schroeder qualified in both the 800 (2:31.39) and the 1,600 (5:33:19) after placing fourth and second respectively. She just missed in the 3,200, placing fifth.
The boys 3,200 relay team of Jose Andrew Rivera, Eric Foster, Greg Rawlings and Damian Foster placed third in 8:45.76 and also will be competing in the regional meet.
The boys team would have been unable to capture the team title if not for some athletes picking up key points in a number of events, such as the boys 1,600 relay team of Jarvis Bridges, Benjamin Perez, Carl Dassinger and Rawlings, which placed fifth in 3:44.01.
Bridges was seventh in the high jump (5-8); Cameron Cobb was sixth in the 110 hurdles (17.58) and seventh in the 300 hurdles (45.44); Joseph Calvette was seventh in the 100 hurdles (18.15) and Kelvin Brown was eighth in the 300 hurdles (45.69); Dassinger was sixth in the 400 (53.74)and Damian foster was seventh in the 800 (2:11.80).
On the girls side, Erica Cord was fifth in the high jump (4-10) and eighth in the long jump (14-1 1/4) and Alexxis Harris was seventh in the discus (89-6) and Denise Constant (89-0) placed eighth.
The Sebring boys tallied 101.5 points, with Kathleen scoring 96 and George Jenkins picking up 84.
Jenkins won the girls title with 137.5 points, while Kathleen scored 128 and the Blue Streaks picked up 84.
Up next for the Blue Streaks is the Class 3A-Region 2 meet at Leto High School in Tampa on Wednesday. Field events begin at noon and running preliminaries will begin at 3 p.m.
For Shelton, his next appearance will be at the state meet on Saturday, April 27, at the University of North Florida’s Hodges Stadium. The boys 3,200 is scheduled to be run at 8:30 p.m.