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Track Sharks tearing up competition

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By Jenna McKenna

Cedar Key hosts its track relays tomorrow, just in time for area schools to get a look at what the track Sharks have been doing around the region. Samantha Beckham, who took third place in the pole vault at the state final last year with a best of 10 feet, won her event at the Crystal River meet two weeks ago with the same mark. She only needed 9' 11” to win the vault this past week at Suwannee. She also won the triple jump with a best of 33 feet, and placed fourth in the discus. Caely Hibbits, who qualified for the state meet last year in the high jump won her event at Suwannee with a best of 4' 4”, nowhere near her actual best this season. Deanna Littlefield, who was just learning the 300 meter hurdles last year, is tearing them up this year, winning the event at Suwannee with a time of 51.41 and outpacing Beckham, who came in third.

“It seems like every time she does it she goes faster,” said Sharks' track coach Brad Penney of Littlefield's 300 hurdle time.

“I've got her pegged about fourth or fifth fastest in the region, so she might make an appearance in Orlando this year.”

Penney's also pleased with how Beckham and Hibbits are coming along in their primary events.

“Sam's about where she needs to be,” he said.

Hibbits is also doing well, but her performance is complicated by the fact that no matter how well she jumps in practice, a different takeoff surface at the meet site can put her off.

“It's a common complication for jumpers,” said Penney.

“They don't feel sure of their footing. We're just trying to get her exposed to as many surfaces as possible. She's jumped as much as 4'10” in practice, so I know she's got it in her.”

Cedar Key relays will be tomorrow (Friday) at the school track in Rosewood at 3 p.m. Schools competing are Chiefland, Branford, Bronson, Seven Rivers and St. John Lutheran.

Cedar Key results at Suwannee

Girls 300 Meter Hurdles

1 Littlefield, Deanna 51.41

3 Beckham, Samantha 55.29

Girls High Jump

1 Hibbits, Caely 4-04.00

Girls Pole Vault

1 Beckham, Samantha 9-11.00

6 Littlefield, Deanna 7-06.00

Girls Triple Jump

1 Beckham, Samantha 33-00.00

5 Hibbits, Caely 26-08.00

Girls Discus Throw

4 Beckham, Samantha 66-11

19 Littlefield, Deanna 39-00

Boys 800 Meter Run

16 Bishop, Joseph 2:53.13

Boys 300 Meter Hurdles

4 Loyd, Josh 45.48

Boys Pole Vault

4 Bishop, Joseph 9-00.00

Boys Triple Jump

9 Bishop, Joseph 33-06.25