The Sebring boys track team had a solid showing in Wednesday’s Class 3A-Region 2 meet in Mineola.
The Blue Streaks, who finished fifth in the 26-team field with 38 points, were paced by Jordyn Blount’s first-place finish in the long jump, Gary Demarest was runner-up in the discus event and Byron Cobb was third in the pole vault.
The top four finishers in each event qualified for the state finals May 3 in Jacksonville.
“As a head coach I couldn’t be more proud of the efforts our athletes put in,” said Sebring track coach Cynthia Cook. “I would like to congratulate all 27 athletes who made it to regionals and your hard work and dedication made it possible.”
“We’re state bound with three athletes and we hope they all medal.”
Blount, a talented junior, had a leap of 22 feet, 11.5 inches to win the long jump competition and set a school record in the process.
“We’re super proud of Jordyn because he set a school record and he’s undefeated on the season,” said Cook. “He competed in three different events and gave his all in allof them.”
Blount just missed qualifying for state in the high jump with a leap of 6 feet, which placed him fifth. He was also a member of the 4x100 relay team that finished seventh.
Demarest placed second in the discus event with a toss of 149 feet, 10 inches, and the Blue Streak senior will be making his second consecutive appearance at the state finals.
Demarest just missed qualifying for state in the shot put with a toss of 46 feet, 1 inch, which placed him fifth.
“Gary has worked hard all year and it’s quite an accomplishment to make it to state two years in a row,” Cook said.
Sebring junior Byron Cobb is on to state in the pole vault event by clearing 12 feet, 6 inches to take third place.
“This will be Byron’s first trip to state and it should be a great experience for him,” said Cook.
Blue Streak Cameron Cobb was 10th in the 110-meter hurdles preliminary heat in a time of 16.83.
Blue Streak Eric Foster was fifth in the 1,600 meters in a time of 4:34.85 and came in 10th in the 3,200 meters in 10:55.38.
Damian Foster finished ninth in the 3,200 meters in 10:38.94.
The Sebring girls team had athletes competing in four events and Denise Constant was the top performer with an eighth-place finish in the discus event with a toss of 101 feet, 3 inches, while teammate Sheliah Harris came in 10th with a trow of 89 feet, 8 inches.
“We are very proud of our girls,” said Cook. “They competed against top athletes and gave it their best.”
The state finals are set for May 3 in Jacksonville, and Blount, Cobb and Demarest will be busy preparing to compete against the best athletes in the state.”
“We’re state bound with three athletes,” Cook said. “They will be ready for state and we hope they all medal.”