Class 3A Track: Schertzer's Personal Best Sends Him to State Meet
Thu. April 26, 2012 at 12:10 a.m. | By Solange Reyner
By SOLANGE REYNER
TAMPA | Adam Schertzer missed making it to the state meet last year in the shot put by an inch.
"An inch!" he said Wednesday night at the Class 3A, Region 2 track meet at Leto High School.
"But not this year."
Schertzer, a senior, threw a personal best 52 feet, 11.5 inches in the field event. The throw qualified him for states, and, oh yeah, a regional title.
"I'm going to break the school record when I compete in Jacksonville next week," Schertzer said.
Pretty confident for a kid who didn't even make the cut last year.
"That's what was missing. That confidence. But it's there now," Schertzer, who also qualified for the state meet in the discus, said.
"My dad's a two-time state champ. It's time for me to get a title, too."
Fifteen other athletes from Polk County will also be gunning for a state medal.
Tori Abnathy, a senior from George Jenkins, qualified in the 100 and 300 meter hurdles, placing first and second, respectively. Abnathy finished the 100 in 14.34 seconds, the 300 in 45.50 seconds.
Deja Hillman of Haines City won the triple jump with a personal best 37 foot, five inch jump, while Kathleen's My'Esha Williams finished fourth with a 36 foot, quarter inch jump.
Junior Di'Kerria Wilson of Kathleen won the 100 and placed fourth in the 200, beating three sprinters from Evans High School in the shorter distance race after getting fired up at the starting blocks because of some banter she overheard from that teams' coaching staff.
"One of their coaches told their girls ‘Alright, first second and third,'" Wilson said. "I said nope, this is my time."
She finished in 11.98 seconds. In the 200, she ran 25.62 seconds.
Josh McDaniel, the top pole vaulter in the state in all classifications, jumped 15 feet, six inches to win a regional title. Bartow's Montel Collins also finished first in a field event, throwing 160 feet, 11 inches in the discus.
Collins, who was a lineman for Bartow's football team last season, made it to states for the first time. He did it by, surprise, taking the event seriously.
"I did it last year but I just didn't care as much," Collins said.
He likes to compete now, mostly because his step dad enjoys watching him so much.
"He always gets really excited to see how far I can throw."
Bennie Wesley, a sophomore sprinter from Winter Haven, advanced in the 100 meter race, finishing in second place in 10.77 seconds. Kathleen's Willie Brown made it in the 400 with a fourth place, 50.18 second finish.
Brown's teammate, senior hurdler Josh Mcfarquhar, broke through in the 100 meter hurdles, finishing fourth in 14.76 seconds.
It's the first time he's made it to states in his high school career.
"My coach told me to compete today and I took that to heart," Mcfarquhar said.
Haines City middle distance runner Jose Perez qualified in the 1,600, as did Lakeland's Jonathan Hulzebos. Perez finished in third place, Hulzebos in fourth. Lakeland's Jasmine Lanier made it in the discus, Jenkins' Alexandria Anderson in the shot put and Lake Gibson's Rachel Fredrick in the high jump. The Braves' Devante Terrell also qualified in the shot put.
Kathleen's 4x100 boys' and girls' relay team also won regional titles.
The girls finished in 48.82 seconds, the boys in a personal best 42.08.
"It's definitely a surprise but they keep getting better all the time," Kathleen coach Steve Schertzer said.
"It's a nice surprise."
High Jump: 3. Rachel Fredrick (Lake Gibson), 5-2.
Triple Jump: 1. Deja Hillman (Haines City), 37-5; 4. My'Esha Williams (Kathleen), 36-00.25.
Discus: 3. Jasmine Lanier (Lakeland), 118.
Shot Put: 2. Alexandria Anderson (George Jenkins), 36-08.
100 Hurdles: 1. Tori Abnathy (George Jenkins), 14.34.
300 Hurdles: 2. Tori Abnathy (George Jenkins), 45.50.
100: 1. Di'Kerria Wilson (Kathleen), 11.98.
200: 4. Di'Kerria Wilson (Kathleen), 25.62.
4x100 Relay: 1. Kathleen, 48.82.
Pole Vault: 1. Josh McDaniel (Lakeland), 15-6.
Discus: 1. Montel Collins (Bartow), 160-11; 3. Adam Schertzer (Kathleen), 149-03.
Shot Put: 1. Adam Schertzer (Kathleen), 52-11.5; 4. Devante Terrell (Lake Gibson), 45-03.25.
110 Hurdles: 4. Josh Mcfarquhar (Kathleen), 14.76.
100: 2. Bennie Wesley (Winter Haven), 10.77
400: 4. Willie Brown (Kathleen), 50.18.
1,600: 3. Jose Perez (Haines City), 4:29.44; 4. Jonathan Hulzebos (Lakeland), 4:34.57.
4x100 Relay: 1. Kathleen, 42.08.