Track Sharks send six to Jax regionals

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By Jenna McKenna

Sharks Track and Field will send six athletes to next week's regional meet at Jacksonville's Bolles High School after some outstanding individual performances at Monday's district meet at Oak Hall.

The meet was marred by the injuries of Cedar Key's Hunter Cannon and Shawna Fenton in unrelated accidents over the weekend. Fenton was able to compete, albeit limited by back pain, but Cannon's injuries are more serious.

Samantha Beckham and Caely Hibbits will represent Cedar Key girls at regionals, while Josh Loyd, Justin Speegle, Joseph Bishop and Ryan Lumley will represent the boys. Josh Lumley, Deanna Littlefield, Chloe Reynolds, Frankie Beckham and Shawna Fenton had strong performances, including some PRs, although they will not advance to the regional meet.

Caely Hibbits took second place in the girls' high jump with a mark of 4'8", in an event won by Heather Kraft of Oak Hall with 4'10". Sam Beckham placed second in girls' pole vault with a PR and school record of 11'0", only placing second behind P.K. Yonge's Kylee Skidmore because Skidmore was first to vault 11 feet without an initial miss.

In the triple jump, Beckham handily beat out Oak Hall's Kraft with her first-place jump of 33'1 1/2" to Kraft's 31'1".

On the boys' side, Loyd placed third in both the high and low hurdles, with times of 20.93 and 50.21, respectively. He was untouchable in the pole vault, with his best try of 12'0".

Bishop was second in the pole vault with a finish of 9'6". Speegle took fourth place in the high jump with a best of 5'2". Both Speegle and Bishop qualified in the triple jump, Speegle taking second with his 36'4" jump, and Bishop third with his 36'0" jump.

Ryan Lumley, while suffering a from a turned ankle he sustained in the tennis district matches, nevertheless qualified in the shot and discus with third place finishes of 38'8" in the shot and 92'8 1/4" in the discus.

"We'll have a long, hard day ahead of us next Wednesday at regionals, leaving at 7 a.m. and competing until at least 8 p.m.," said Sharks Track head coach Brad Penney. "Some of the toughest competition in the state is right here in our region."

Thinking ahead to the matchups, Penney said all his competitors need to be at the top of their game. Both Loyd and Beckham will face heavier competition in the vault, and must not back off from their respective 12 and 11 feet. Hibbits will see several five-foot jumpers in the high jump and Speegle will need to continue his excellent performance in the triple-jump. Lumley's ankle should feel better by then, just in time for him to really need it in the shot and discus.

Penney said he felt very good about the performance of the athetes that competed in Monday's district meet. "They've shown a lot of improvement on the season.

Cedar Key's results at District 6 1A meet:

Girls 1600 Meter Run

12th, Chloe Reynolds, 7:40.15

Girls High Jump

2nd, Caely Hibbits, 4-08.00

Girls Pole Vault

2nd, Samantha Beckham, 11-00.00

6th, Deanna Littlefield, 8-00.00

Girls Triple Jump

1st, Samantha Beckham, 33-01.50

5th, Caely Hibbits, 25-08.50

Girls Shot Put

8th, Deanna Littlefield, 22-11.00

9th, Shawna Fenton, 21-04.00

Boys 400 Meter Dash

11th, Justin Speegle, 1:00.71

Boys 1600 Meter Run

11th, Frankie Beckham, 5:58.77

Boys 3200 Meter Run

9th, Frankie Beckham, 13:48.23

Boys 110 Meter Hurdles

3rd, Joshua Loyd, 20.93

5th, Josh Lumley, 23.10

Boys 300 Meter Hurdles

3th, Joshua Loyd, 50.21

5th, Joseph Bishop, 53.78

Boys High Jump

4th, Justin Speegle, 5-02.00

Boys Pole Vault

1st, Joshua Loyd, 12-00.00

2nd, Joseph Bishop, 9-06.00

6th, Justin Speagle, 7-00.00

Boys Triple Jump

2nd, Justin Speegle, 36-04.00

3rd, Joseph Bishop, 36-00.00

Boys Shot Put

3rd, Ryan Lumley, 38-08.00

Boys Discus Throw

3rd, Ryan Lumley, 92-08.50

5th, Josh Lumley, 85-11.50

Women - Team Rankings - 17 Events Scored

5th, Cedar Key, 34 points

Men - Team Rankings - 17 Events Scored

3rd, Cedar Key, 76 points