Cedar Key scores high marks in pole vault, shot put

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By Sean Arnold



The Cedar Key girls scored a win in the pole vault event while the school’s competitors captured top-three finishes in four other categories at the Cedar Key School Relays in Rosewood last Thursday.

The abridged track and field meet included seven schools, including Bell, Branford, Bronson, Chiefland, Seven Rivers Christian (Lecanto) and Trenton, with 11 competitive events each for the boys and girls.

Amanda Robinson cleared the bar at 6 feet in the pole vault for the Sharks, while teammate Jadyn Beckham topped out at 5 feet, 6 inches to help the duo prevail over Branford, Chiefland and Seven Rivers.

The Shark boys took second in the pole vault behind 8-0 ( 8 feet) and 7-6 efforts by Brandon Bowling and Tristan Sloan, respectively.

Cedar Key finished second in both the girls’ long jump and girls’ triple jump. Jasmin Jackson (13 feet, 7 inches) and Makalynn Bowling (13 feet, 5 inches) teamed up for the Sharks’ long jump effort, while Jackson (29-9.5) and Robinson (26-2) competed in the triple for CKS. The Lady Eagles prevailed in the long jump and triple jump.

Ashlyn Allen and Mackenzie Kirkbride combined to give Cedar Key a third-place finish in the girls’ shot put. Allen, who is committed to play softball at Saint Petersburg College, topped all of the girls in shot put at 34 feet, 2.75 inches.

The Chiefland girls collected five top-three finishes to place first in the overall standings. Bell and Branford followed at second and third, respectively. The Lady Sharks defeated Bronson in overall points.

Trenton, Branford and Bell, respectively, finished atop the boys’ point standings.

Cedar Key’s next meet is at Chiefland Middle High School on March 23.