Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014

Sebring's track and field teams have solid opening meet


Published:   |   Updated: February 24, 2014 at 09:57 AM

SEBRING - Call it organized chaos.

Sebring kicked off the 2014 track and field season Thursday with a quad meet at Firemen's Field. Hundreds of athletes from Moore Haven, Hardee and DeSoto joined the Blue Streaks to compete in some of history's oldest sports, all while keeping organizers on their toes.

The Streaks boys team dominated the meet, totaling 113 points, the highest of any squad. Hardee was second with 53, followed by DeSoto with 48 and More Haven with 45.

On the girls side, Hardee edged Sebring by a 1.34 margin, finishing first with 81.17 points to the Streaks' 79.83. Moore Haven was third with 59.50, and DeSoto rounded out the girls competition with 36.50.

Sebring had most of its success in the distance events. Streaks senior Denise Constant won the 200-yard dash with a sizzling time of 30.21 seconds. Katie Stoll finished second in the 800 with a time of 2:59.72. In the 1600, Kaytlyn Copper and Christian Pyles finished third and fourth, respectively, with times of 6:43.44 and 7:05.91. Stoll, Constant and Cooper combined their talents with Sarahi Rivera to win the 4x400 relay, finishing in 4:56.49.

Later, Rivera, Pyles, Stoll and Kimber Harris teamed up to capture the 4x800 relay in 12:30.19.

Constant also excelled in the discus and shot put events. She finished third in the discus throw with a distance of 92 feet, 7 inches and fifth in shot put with a toss of 28 feet, 4 inches.

But the afternoon belonged to Sebring's Sheliah Harris.

She set a school record in the event, launching the discus 99 feet, 9 inches, which was enough to edge Moore Haven's Silvia Hernandez (96-9.5) for first place.

Other impressive finishes on the girls side came from Imani Powell, Ali Blackman and Shannon Bloemsma. Powell won the triple jump with a stellar 30 feet, 8 inches and finished second in the long jump with a distance of 14 feet, 1 inch. Blackman won the pole vault, clearing a height of 8 feet. Bloemsma tied for second and cleared 6 feet.

Ashley White finished second in the high jump, clearing a height of 4 feet, 8 inches. Blackman was third at 4 feet, 6 inches.

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The boys excelled in the distance events as well. All told, they combined for seven first place finishes in individual and team events.

Brian Dixon paced a trio of Streaks in the 200 dash. Dixon finished first in 22.97, followed by teammate Jarvis Bridges (23.00) in second, and Desmond Edwards (23.31) in third.

Damian Foster earned top honors in the 800, coming in with a time of 2:13.06. Foster's twin brother, Eric, edged him for first in the 1600 run. Eric Foster finished in 4:59.18 to Damian Foster's 4:59.59. Sebring's Malcolm Holdman was third in 5:11.56. In the 3200, Eric Foster edged Holdman for first, finishing in 11:10.46 to Holdman's 11:11.81. Cameron Cobb rounded out the individual first place finishes with a sizzling 42.51 in the 300 hurdles.

In the team races, Willie Allen, Jordyn Blount and Dixon teamed with Edwards to win the 4x100 relay in 43.18. Bridges combined his talents with Kelvin Brown, Luke Smith and Samuel Smith to help the Streaks capture the 4x400 relay in 3:45.72.

Cobb also captured the pole vault event with a height of 12 feet, 6 inches. Meanwhile, Blount nearly made history when he nearly broke the Streaks record of 6 feet, 6 inches in the high jump. Blount still won the event with an impressive height of 6 feet, 4 inches. Blount also won the long jump with a distance of 21 feet, 4 inches.

Sebring's Gary Demarest dominated discus throw, launching it 121 feet, 4.5 inches to capture first place.

The Streaks next meet will be Thursday at 4 p.m., when the Streaks travel to county rival Lake Placid High School.

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