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Cedar Key produces trio of medalists at track state championships

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Allen takes third in shot put; Parks, McCain collect three wins apiece in adaptive events

By Sean Arnold

Cedar Key senior Ashlyn Allen slightly bettered her shot put throw that won her a regional championship to finish third in the state in Class 1A last Friday in the Florida High School Track and Field Finals at IMG Academy in Bradenton.

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The school record-holder, who has signed to play softball at St. Petersburg College, posted a 36-foot, ¾-inch toss, beating out the fourth-place throw by fractions of a quarter inch to earn the bronze medal.

Allen claimed both the district and regional championship, where she registered a 36-0.25 throw at Indian Rocks Christian School in Largo.

The Sharks also saw a pair of athletes collect state championships in adaptive events.

CKS freshman Sam Parks tossed the shot put 15 feet, 11.75 inches to beat out a second competitor and capture the championship in the 1A Adaptive Boys Shot Put. Parks added non-competitive wins in the Adaptive Boys 200 Meter Dash (1 minute, 37.56 seconds) and the Boys 800 Meter Run Adaptive (6:53.26).

Lady Sharks eighth-grader Annie McCain joined Parks with three gold medals. McCain notched a throw of 11 feet, 5.5 inches in the Girls 1A Adaptive Shot Put on Friday before turning in times of 1:42.70 and 7:59.24 Saturday in the adaptive 200 Meter and 800 Meter events, respectively.

McCain and Parks won all three events in the district and regional meets as well.

Elsewhere in Levy County, Bronson’s Glen Cooper placed third in the Boys 1A 200 Meter Dash and fourth in the Boys 100 Meter Dash to earn a couple of medals.

Cooper edged out the fourth-place competitor by 0.005 of a second with a time of 22.48 seconds for the top-three finish. His 11.16 seconds time in the 100 was just 0.02 short of the third-place mark.

Cooper ran the 200 in 22.40 in his regional championship win, and came in at 11.20 to place first in the 100 at that prior meet.

T.J. Pitts of Williston placed 14th in the state in the Class 2A Boys Shot Put with a throw of 46-00.50. Pitts took fourth in his 2A regional event.