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Harmony boys district track champs

Posted on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 5:30 pm

Seth Musselman soared to the 3A-8 district pole vault championship. Photo/Donald Lamb

By Rick Pedone
Sports Editor
It took two days to get the job done, but Harmony’s boys celebrated a 3A-8 district track championship Thursday at the Longhorn track.
The 3A-8 meet started April 11 at Sebring with the field events and concluded with the running events at Harmony.
The Longhorns (130) beat county rival Liberty (114.50), Auburndale (70), Lake Region (73), Sebring (71.50), Bartow (62), Poinciana (54), Winter Haven (48) and Lake Gibson (33).
Auburndale (166) nipped Harmony’s girls (155.50) for the district title despite another epic performance by distance runner Vanessa Bolen, who won all four of her events. Poinciana (77) was third and Liberty (56) finished fifth.
First year Coach Kyle Carr said his Longhorns “stepped up in a big way.
“I told our boys that it was possible to win, but we had to take it. No one was going to give us a championship. Some of the boys really took that message to heart,” he said.
Led by district champ Seth Musselman (15-0), the Longhorns dominated the pole vault, placing first, third (Elijah Gunn), fourth (Matt Wetzel) and fifth (Owen Wetzel).
Carr pointed to the distance team, which took first (Nick Morrison, 4:44.95), third (Gary Kelley), fourth (Jerday Ayala) and seventh (Chase Johnson) in the 1,600, and had three placers in the 3,200 led by Gary Kelley, who accounted for 22 team points.
Lukas Hachey (42-3) set the school record while placing second in the triple jump and the long jump. He earned 20 team points.
The team had more district champs in discus thrower Keagan Breen (158-0) and the 4×800 (8:34.45) with Tucker Gaston, Aaron Hernandez, Blake Peake and Kelley.
Josh Grimes, who scored 14 points, was typical of the team’s effort, said Carr.
“He was not even predicted to place in the 400. He had the race of his life and ended up getting third and he will now be moving on to the regional meet,” Carr said. “I’m very proud of all my boys and look forward to keeping this success going in the future.”
Also advancing to regions (top four of each event) for the Longhorns are Elijah Gunn and Carlos Bunton.
Bolen scored 40 points to boost the Lady Longhorns. She was on the  4×800 (10:44) district champ with Allison Hicks, Rachel Shirah and Paula Guerrero.
Bolen, as she did at the Orange Belt Conference meet, won all three of her individual races: the 800 (2:26.56), the 1,600 (5:36.61) and the 3,200 (12:27.45).  Hicks also had a big day for the Longhorns, placing second in the 1,600 and 3,200, and third in the 800.
The Lady Longhorns, who won the OBC title two weeks ago, also had district champs in pole vaulter Alyssa Scheerer (9-6) and Angie Santos (32-11) in the shot put.
Liberty’s Richmeal Augustin (42-8.75) won the triple jump. The Chargers won the 110 hurdles with Marion Brown (15.48), who finished just ahead of teammate Niles Hunt (15.67).
The Chargers won the 4×400 (3:28.36) with Rocci Berry, Kiave Jacobs, Stephane Fanfan and Timon Naules.
Liberty Coach Mickey Smith congratulated Harmony for its boys championship.
“The track and field team was the better team that day,” he said. “We fell short of points that we expected to get in a few events and Harmony was up on its ‘A’ game. But, I am proud of my kids that put up season-best times and that are moving on to the regionals.”
Poinciana’s Shaneylix Davila (44.79) won the 300 hurdles and placed second (14.51) in the 100 hurdles. The Lady Eagles won the 4×400 (4:08.37) behind Nautica Edge, Davila, Kevesha Mallett and Shyann Jackson.
For the Eagles boys, Charles Pierce (2:01.08) won the 800.
The regional meet is April 29 at Lakeland George Jenkins.