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Sharks devoured the competition last week when they hosted the Levy County track meet in Rosewood. Cedar Key track head coach Brad Penney said his girls took first place overall, and boys were second.
“Samantha Beckham won the long jump with a best of 16'7”, a new school record, but she broke the school record on all three tries,” Penney said.
Beckham also won the pole vault with a best of 10'6”, better than her third-place effort in last year's state final, and good enough for the second place finish in that contest. She also won the triple jump in 32'11” and the discus with a throw of 78'11”.
The Cedar Key girls' 4x100 team also won, and Deanna Littlefield won both the high (110m) and low (300m) hurdles, and placed second in the pole vault. Caely Hibbits won the high jump.
Cedar Key boys came in second overall, after Chiefland. Josh Loyd won the pole vault in 10'6”, Joe Bishop won the high jump in 5'4” and the triple jump in 36'6” and the boys 4x800 team won that event.
Cedar Key goes to the district tournament today at Oak Hall, starting at noon. Penney analyzed the competition and his expectations for the day, saying that P.K. Yonge was likely to win the meet, both boys' and girls' teams.
“They'll have the deepest team there,” he said.
Hawthorne boys and Oak Hall girls will probably place next overall, and Cedar Key should be good for third. Other teams in the mix are St. Francis, Ocala St. John Lutheran and Bronson.
Penney expects Beckham and Littlefield to advance in the girls' pole vault; likewise Loyd and Bishop in the boys'. Littlefield has a chance in the hurdles, but some of the state's best hurdlers, including last year's state contender Brenna Hall, are at Oak Hall.
“Our best hope is that everybody shows up and has their best day,” said Penney.
“I think we'll do well in our events – we've got really good kids, just not enough of 'em.”
Cedar Key and Bronson will be at Oak Hall for district tract meet today at noon.