County runners dash to regionals

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Nine Indians advance; Cooper leads Bronson with two individual district championships, relay title

By Sean Arnold

Six Chiefland sprinters and hurdlers joined the girls’ 4x800 relay team in qualifying for the regional championships in track and field at the District 1A-5 meet at Oak Hall School in Gainesville last Wednesday.


Michael Weaver advanced in a pair of events as the Chiefland standout finished second in the boys’ 110 meter hurdles (17.87 seconds) and scored third in the boys’ 300-meter dash (46.58 seconds).

CMHS junior Jolie Anderson placed second in the girls’ 400-meter dash (1 minute, 3.87 seconds), after running the fastest time in the preliminaries. Lady Indians freshman Reagan Hudson finished second in the girls’ 100-meter hurdles (18.00).

The Chiefland girls team was fifth overall in points out of 14 schools; the boys came up eighth out of 15.

Led by a pair of first-place finishes by Glen Cooper in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, as well as a district championship by Bronson’s 4x100 meter relay team of Tahj Adams, Julius Smith, Cooper and Jeremiah Schmidt, the Eagle boys notched sixth place at the meet. Cooper ran the 100 in 11.36 seconds and completed the 200 in 22.88.

The regional championships are Thursday, April 27, at Indian Rocks Christian School in Largo.

The top four finishers from each event advance to the regionals.

Oak Hall topped both the boys and girls standings, while Bell finished third in each. The Trenton boys slotted in at second overall, while the P.K. Yonge girls were second. The Seven Rivers Christian (Lecanto) teams each finished fourth.

Indians senior Eli Scozzaro took third in the boys’ 100-meter dash – second in the prelims – at 11.78 seconds. The Chiefland girls’ 4x800 relay team, consisting of Jaycie Anderson, Aubrey Hudson, Lauren Jones and Jolie Anderson, notched third at 10:49.26.

Frey Raymer qualified for regionals for Chiefland with a fourth-place finish in the 200-meter dash (24.04). Senior Dajah Donaldson rounded out the Indians’ qualifying group with a fourth-place showing in the girls’ 100-meter hurdles (18.52).

Schmidt got third in the boys’ 200 meter (23.94) to qualify for regionals individually as well as with his relay team.

Bronson sophomore Yelena Thomas finished third in the girls’ triple jump at 32 feet, 7 inches.

Cedar Key had three regional qualifiers, led by senior Ashlyn Allen, who won the district championship in girls’ shot put with a 34-foot, 9.5-inch toss.

Sharks sophomore Jasmin Jackson advanced in the triple jump with a 31-08.50 mark, while CKS’ Tristan Sloan joined the group with a fourth-place finish in boys’ pole vault (8-04.75).

The Chiefland boys’ 4x100 meter relay team of Tremaine Brown, Scozzaro, Raymer, and Lane Studstill finished third in preliminaries but did not finish its finals run.

The Chiefland girls’ 4x100 meter relay team – with Courtney Hayes, Sierra Norris, Chamirra McQueen and Jolie Anderson – posted a top-four time but were disqualified for an early handoff of the baton.

Hayes also nearly qualified in high jump, where she finished fifth at 4-06.00. She was fifth in the 200 meter dash prelims, before placing sixth in the finals. Scozzaro finished fifth in the boys’ 200 meter (24.12) after taking third in the prelims.

Hudson posted a fifth-place finish in the girls’ 300 meter hurdles, and the Indian boys’ 4x400 meter relay team – with L.J. Jenkins, Frey Raymer, Alain Olivera and Eli Scozzaro – also captured a fifth-place showing for Chiefland.