By: Matt Rothman
Forty-five students are heading to regionals after the District Championships in track and field held at Coral Springs High School on April 19.
Coral Springs High School
With 21 of their students advancing to Regionals, District Champion Maxwell Servius took first in the high jump while Michael McFarlin advanced to Regionals in the javelin, discus, and shot put. Darnell Charite also moved on by coming in third in the discus.
Garth Lewis and Jeffrey Belizaire finished fourth in the 100 and 1600 meters. Lewis also advanced in the 4 x 100 relay with Garth Lewis, Deon Bouie, Joshua Rose, and Zakai McKenzie. The Colts also qualified in the 4 x 800 relay with Joshua Rose, Charles Green, and Christopher Reid.
Two girls came first, with Shaquilea Alvaranga winning the 100 and 300 hurdles. Josefine Majdoch won the high jump and came in second in the javelin.
Jourdin Gayle also advanced in the 100 hurdles and high jump, while Hannah Williams came third in the javelin and discus. Angelica Macarulay shined in the 3200 meters and advanced in the 4 x 800 relay with Brianna Williams, Mariana Dos Santos, and Lea Ramnarace.
The Colts’ boys and girls teams finished second, which was more than Head Coach Brantley Barr ever envisioned with such a young team.
“The girls are so young as a team but just fight for everything,” said Coach Barr. “The boys we knew had a little more experience starting the year, and those veterans have been good leaders for the younger boys.”
All season, Coral Glades had one of their best results, Corey Tate advancing in the 300 hurdles and Damonie Taylor in the triple jump.
The girls won three District Championships. Jemina Mills set a school record in the 400 meters. Zion Tomlin also won the triple jump and was a part of the 4 x 400 relay team with Kamora Joseph, Victoria Fuentes, and Mills.
Mills finished second in the 200 meters, while Saniya Swain advanced in the triple jump and 300 hurdles. Tomlin also will compete in Regionals in the 400 meters.
“I’m extremely proud of all our track and field athletes,” said Head Coach Jerald Burley. “We had a phenomenal season filled with kids running track for the first time, kids coming back out there as seniors, returning letter winners, regional qualifiers, and personal and school records.”
The boys shined again, with Elijah Rowe winning the long jump and Sean Peirce taking first in the pole vault. They will be joined in regionals by Jade Brown after his second-place finish in the 200 meters.
Tanaris Jean Pierre advanced in the 800 and 1600 meters, while Nikai McNee qualified in the triple jump, long jump, and javelin.
The Trojans also had three relay teams finish in the top four, led by their 4 x 100 team of Kevaughn Stewart, Rowe, Kendrick Washington, and McNee. The 4 x 400 team of Cameron Tomlinson, Jace Johnson, Rowe, and Philip Rayford team advanced alongside the 4 x 800 relay team of Jaylen, Amoa, Jean Pierre, Tyler James, and Johnson.
The girls 4 x 100 relay team advanced after coming in second place. Those four runners were U’Myri Bain, Aleah Marriott, Saniyah Johnston, and Ajay Arscott.
“On both the boys and girls team, this was their first district meet ever,” said Head Coach Arnold Hopkins. “They came in with the mindset of going to regionals, and they followed through. I’m proud of them, and now it’s time to put in a little more work so we can do the same at Regionals.”
Next, these 44 students will compete in Regionals on May 7 at Southridge Park in South Miami, with finals taking place the following week in Gainesville on May 11-14.
- Matt Rothman is a 2018 graduate from Florida Gulf Coast University receiving his bachelor’s degree in journalism and then graduated from the University of Florida as a graduate student. He also works for the Mohave Valley Daily News in Bullhead City, Arizona covering high school sports.
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