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Kowboys runners-up at 4A-5 track

Posted on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 11:27 am

Osceola’s Talyssa Gatlin (center) led the pack while winning the 100 and 200 meters sprint championships at the district meet. Photo/Donald Lamb

By Rick Pedone
Sports Editor
Host Lakeland George Jenkins swept the 4A-5 district track meet last week, but plenty of athletes from Osceola, Celebration, St. Cloud and Gateway won district titles and qualified for next week’s 3A-2 regional meet.
The Jenkins girls (164) downed Kathleen (126.50), Osceola (124), St. Cloud (85.50), Lakeland (58), Celebration (40), Haines City (18), Gateway (17) and Ridge Community (13).
The Jenkins boys (219) won over Osceola (141.50), St. Cloud (116.50), Celebration (48), Lakeland (36), Gateway (29), Ridge Community (29), Haines City (27) and Kathleen (8).
The Jenkins boys snapped a three-year district winning streak by Osceola.
But, the Kowboys qualified for regions in 13 of 17 events, said Coach Ray Hines.
Osceola’s Malcolm Davidson (10.64) won the 100 and placed second (22.01) in the 200. He was fourth (21-3.25) in the long jump.
Devuntaye Montgomery won the high jump (6-4) and the triple jump (44-11). Jean Barreiro (49-10) was the shot put champ.
Gabriel Ramirez was third in the triple jump (41-1.50). Trey Bridgemohan (50.64) was second in the 400.
The Kowboys qualified in all three relays, but the 4×100 (43.98) endured some drama when lead runner Malachi Wilson pulled a muscle and Davidson, Elliot Bodre and DeShawn Baker had to hustle to finish third.
Quavon Brown (5-10) was third in the high jump and the high hurdles (15.06). Jaleal Maloney (21-4.75) was third in the long jump and Kameron Moore took third (40.14) in 300 hurdles.
“We didn’t have a good day in some things we should, but we had a good day in some things that weren’t expected to be great,” Hines said. “Jenkins is good. I’ve looked at other district results, and we would have demolished those. Jenkins has a real chance to win regions.”
The Lady Kowboys Talyssa Gatlin won the 100 (12.23) and 200 (24.96) district titles, and Sadae Davidson (57.34) took the 400 title. Amaya Phillips (46.74) won the low hurdles.
Osceola won the gold in all three relays: the 4×100 (49.68) with Nydaiyah Pickett, Aliann Johnson, Jaeda Ray and Gatlin; the 4×400 (4:04.93) with Amaya Phillips, Gatlin, Pickett and Davidson and the 4×800 (9:57.89) with  Phillips, Davidson, Niyah Harris and Virginie Beljour.
“We did OK,” Coach Eric Pinellas said. “Gatlin ran well, and we won seven events and went second and fourth in the long jump.”
Shanaiyah Wright (16-3) was runner-up in the long jump. Johnson (26.02) was third in the 200. Kayla Payne (34-0.75) was third in the shot put. Dezha Walker (15-7) was fourth.
Celebration’s Hunter Hummel (160-10) won the discus, just ahead of Osceola’s Barreiro (151-0). He was second to Barreiro in the shot (46-02).
Celebration (3:24.96) led a county sweep in the 4×400 behind Antonio Franco, Brian Saint Urbain, Jesus Larroche and Cayman Lanzone.
St. Cloud (3:25.41) was second with Anthony Velez, Kenry Atubel, Matthew Velez and T-Mar Reid.
Gateway (3:29.72) finished third with Devin Vega, Jason Owens, Andrew Carrera and Marcus Jackson.
Osceola (3:30.52) came in fourth with Kameron Moore, Elliot Bodre, Marvin Gatlin and Bridgemohan.
Celebration’s Lady Storm qualifiers include triple jump champ (33-11.5) and high jump runner-up Katherine Hearn (5-1.75). The 4×400 (4:16.29) was third with Maecy Ohlinger, Hearn, Meghan Bobola and Suheyli Velez-Alvarez.
St. Cloud’s Jessica Martin (2:26.63) won the 800.
Essence Tornabene (114-6) was runner-up in the discus and the shot put (36-4.25). Destiny Wright (32-10.5) was third in the triple jump and fourth (4-7.075)  the high jump. Kylee Anzueto (8-0.5) was third in the pole vault and Katelyn Serrano (5-10.75) was fourth on a tiebreaker. Kiara Wilson was fourth (32-9.25) in the triple jump. Destiny Oguike (93-4) was fourth in the discus.
The 4×400 (4:17.10) was fourth behind Jessica Martin, Ashley Angelea, Briana Rodriguez and Keja Sheridan.
The Bulldogs’ Atubel (50.41) won the 400. The 4×800 relay (8:09.98) won with Velez, Alex Miranda, Atubel and Tristen  Montalvo.
Montalvo was runner-up in the 1,600 (4:35.17) and 3,200 (10:01.75).
Chase Browning tied for third (5-10) in the high jump. Alex Logan was third (10-6) in the pole vault. Brandon Taylor (11.05) was third in the 100 and Miranda (2:07.43) was fourth in the 800.
“We did well overall. The 4×800 were district champs, and Kenry won the 400 and Jessica won the 800,” Coach Kevin Harkema said. “I didn’t run everyone because regionals are the night of our prom (April 29) and some athletes decided to go to the prom.”
Gateway’s Owens, a state qualifier last year, was disqualified in the 400 for a lane violation. Andrew Carrera (51.79) was fourth.
Jeremiya Messam (46-2) was second in the shot put and Dennis Briggs (44-10) was third.
Chelsea Anestal (2:27) was second in the 1600 (5:34.25) and fourth in the 800 for the Lady Panthers.