By: Matt Rothman
The dominant season for the J.P. Taravella track and field team continued on Friday, with the boys taking first place in the District Championship held at Coral Springs High School.
After winning the City Championship earlier this year, JPT competed once again competed against Coral Springs High School, Fort Lauderdale, Piper, Deerfield, Monarch, Coral Glades, and Marjory Stoneman Douglas,
The boys’ team dominated on the track with Charles Green, Jasiah Clapp, Carson Dunham, Sebastian Merraro, and the 4 x 400 relay team of Green, Clapp, Thorevis Wesley, and TraeJon Roberts all won the 4 x 800 relay team consisting of Clapp, Carson Dunham, Christopher Reid Jr, Jaylen Amoa all winning.
Nikai McNee also won the triple jump, with Maxwell Delien taking first in the shot put, while four Trojans also finished as a runner-up in their competition.
For the girls, Qyrah Spann-Pierre won the 400 hurdles and long jump, with Jade Brown winning the 100 meters and 200 meters. She was also a part of the 4 x 100 relay with Yamila Elliott, Brown, Spann-Pierre, and Aleah Marriott.
Ajah Arscott also won an individual championship in the 400 meters, with Marriot also placing second in the 100 meters and fourth in the long jump. Danielle Tiger also won the javelin, with Yamila Elliott in the top three and two relay teams placing third and fourth, respectively.
Coral Springs High School finished second as a team, with Owen Kaye winning in the 100 and 200 meters. Leighton Peart took first in the pole vault, while Joshua Clerge won the javelin. Jeffrey Belizaire finished second in two events on the track, with Tariq Murray and Darnell Charite in second place, with Ravi Persaud, Wilkens Dorce, Kensey Frederic, Malakai Christian, Murray, and three relay teams all placing third.
The girls had their most dominant performance in the 100 hurdles, with Shaquilea Alvaranga placing first, followed by Jourdin Gayle and Aralynn Curry. Angelica Macarulay took first in the 3200 meters, and Josefine Majdoch won the high jump.
Gayle also came in second place and got second place overall, along with Trinety Dajuste in two events and Macarulay and Alvaranga. The Lady Colts also had their 4 x 800 relay place second, consisting of Angelica Macarulay, Lea Ramnarace, Jessica Saint-Amand, Gabriella Gentilhomme, while Niecy Brown, Sofia Evans, and the 4 x 100 relay placed third.
Coral Glades had two individual champions from the boys and girls team, with Damonie Taylor winning the high jump and Zion Tomlin taking first in the triple jump. She also finished second in the 400 and 800 meters and anchored the 4 x 400 relay team with Keelee Okoro, Gisselle Thomas, and Saniya Swain.
Angel Sanon also had a third-place finish along with the x 4 800 relay team of Gina Bido, Lily Bido, Triniti Ferguson, and Saniya Swain. Devin Roman, Tyler Monroe, Ali Abdallah, Elijah Vessells, Anderson Jean-Baptiste, Gisselle Thomas, Keelee Okoro, Triniti Ferguson, Lily Bido, Stashae Minto, Keelee Okoro, Camille Camper, and Trinity Harrigan picked up points individually.
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- 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.
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