CK senior Allen wins district in shot put; trio of Sharks advance to track regionals

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By Sean Arnold

Cedar Key senior Ashlyn Allen captured the District 1A-5 championship in girls’ shot put last Wednesday at Oak Hall School in Gainesville 


The senior’s best toss went 34 feet, 9 1/2 inches, tying Trenton’s Thalia Jackson. Allen won the tiebreaker with a longer overall average.

She’ll be joined Thursday, April 27, at the regional championships at Indian Rocks Christian School in Largo by CKS sophomore Jasmin Jackson and Sharks seventh-grader Tristan Sloan. 

Jackson took fourth in the girls’ triple jump at 31 feet, 8 ½ inches to qualify, while Sloan placed fourth in boys’ pole vault (8-04.75) to move on.

The top four finishers from each event advanced to regionals.

Just missing the cut for CKS was Amanda Robinson, who scored fifth in girls’ pole vault at 6 feet, 11 inches. 

Mike Beckham and Brandon Bowling finished sixth and seventh for CKS in boys’ pole vault, while Sharks freshman Wade Gore came in seventh in boys’ high jump with a jump of 5-07.75.

Sam Parks and Annie McCain won three non-adaptive events apiece for Cedar Key in the 200 meter dash, 800 meter run and shot put.

Six Chiefland sprinters and hurdlers joined the girls’ 4x800 relay team in qualifying for the regional championships in track and field at the District 1A-5 meet at Oak Hall School in Gainesville last Wednesday.

Michael Weaver advanced in a pair of events as the Chiefland standout finished second in the boys’ 110 meter hurdles (17.87 seconds) and scored third in the boys’ 300-meter dash (46.58 seconds).

CMHS junior Jolie Anderson placed second in the girls’ 400-meter dash (1 minute, 3.87 seconds), after running the fastest time in the preliminaries. Lady Indians freshman Reagan Hudson finished second in the girls’ 100-meter hurdles (18.00).

The Chiefland girls team was fifth overall in points out of 14 schools; the boys came up eighth out of 15.

Led by a pair of first-place finishes by Glen Cooper in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, as well as a district championship by Bronson’s 4x100 meter relay team of Tahj Adams, Julius Smith, Cooper and Jeremiah Schmidt, the Eagle boys notched sixth place at the meet. Cooper ran the 100 in 11.36 seconds and completed the 200 in 22.88.

Oak Hall topped both the boys and girls standings, while Bell finished third in each. The Trenton boys slotted in at second overall, while the P.K. Yonge girls were second. The Seven Rivers Christian (Lecanto) teams each finished fourth.

 Indians senior Eli Scozzaro took third in the boys’ 100-meter dash – second in the prelims – at 11.78 seconds. The Chiefland girls’ 4x800 relay team, consisting of Jaycie Anderson, Aubrey Hudson, Lauren Jones and Jolie Anderson, notched third at 10:49.26.

 Frey Raymer qualified for regionals for Chiefland with a fourth-place finish in the 200-meter dash (24.04). Senior Dajah Donaldson rounded out the Indians’ qualifying group with a fourth-place showing in the girls’ 100-meter hurdles (18.52).

Schmidt got third in the boys’ 200 meter (23.94) to qualify for regionals individually as well as with his relay team.

Bronson sophomore Yelena Thomas finished third in the girls’ triple jump at 32 feet, 7 inches.

The Chiefland boys’ 4x100 meter relay team of Tremaine Brown, Scozzaro, Raymer, and Lane Studstill finished third in preliminaries but did not finish its finals run.

The Chiefland girls’ 4x100 meter relay team – with Courtney Hayes, Sierra Norris, Chamirra McQueen and Jolie Anderson – posted a top-four time but were disqualified for an early handoff of the baton.

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