Allen wins regional championship in shot put

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hree Sharks advance to state

By Sean Arnold

A pair of area track and field athletes followed up their district championships with wins at the Class 1A, Region 2 meet at Indian Rocks Christian School in Largo last Thursday.

Cedar Key senior Ashlyn Allen had a top throw of 36 feet, ¼ inch to prevail in the girls shot put event, comfortably edging out second place’s Thalia Jackson, a junior from Trenton who posted a 34-7.5.

Allen’s performance was even significantly improved from her district-winning throw of 34-9.5, which tied Jackson’s best at the district meet in Gainesville.

Allen is committed to play softball at St. Petersburg College.

The Sharks also saw a pair of competitors advance in the adaptive field, as freshman Sam Parks and eighth-grader Annie McCain each won the adaptive shot put, 800-meter run and 200-meter dash on the boys’ and girls’ side, respectively. They will join Allen at IMG Academy in Bradenton this Friday and Saturday for the Class 1A Florida High School Track & Field State Championships.

Sophomore Jasmin Jackson (triple jump) and seventh-grader Tristan Sloan also competed for the Sharks at regionals but did not advance.

Bronson junior Glen Cooper will compete in a pair of events this weekend, as he won the 1A-2 regional in the boys’ 200 meter dash and earned a state bid in the 100 as well where he finished fourth. The top four finishers in each event advance to the next round. Cooper ran the 200 in 22.40 seconds, beating out the second place time by 0.29.

Cooper ran an 11.20 in the 200 after placing second in the preliminary at 11.05. He also competed in the boys’ 4x100 relay, but the Eagle team was disqualified for getting out of the lane.