Class 2A Meet: Lake Wales' Hadley Zooms to State Title
Sun. April 29, 2012 at 1:53 a.m. | By Polk Preps Staff
LAKE WALES' SABRIA HADLEY poses with her medals that she won at the FHSAA Class 2A State Track and Field Meet in Jacksonville on Saturday. (Photo by LISA COFFEY | THE LEDGER )
BY LISA COFFEY
JACKSONVILLE | Lake Wales Highlander Sabria Hadley ran with two of the best runners in the state over the past two years in Octavious Freeman and Robin Reynolds of Miami Jackson.
Saturday she had a day of her own at the FHSAA Class 2A state meet at the University of North Florida.
The junior sprinter won the girls' 200-meter dash, placed third in the 100-meter dash and ran the second leg on the second-place 4x100 meter relay team.
In addition Saturday, she defeated Reynolds in the 200, finishing the race in 24.07 seconds. She ran 12.38 in the 100.
Reynolds became the state's all time FSHAA state gold medal winner Saturday with 14 titles. The previous record was 13.
She did it in impressive fashion, breaking the state record in the long jump. She also out-ran American Heritage's Deja Parrish to win the 400 with a time of 52.59 in the premier event of the evening.
The two were ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the nation in the event.
"That is a really big deal," Hadley said of her win over Reynolds in the 200. "I wasn't expected to win. I trusted in God and I prayed and God did it for me."
Hadley was running in her second state meet.
She took fourth in the 100 and 200 last year and was on the winning 4x100 relay with Freeman.
She wanted more. She trained during the summer to get better.
"It really benefitted me," she said. "In my 200 definitely."
Her time in the 100 was 11.94.
She helped her teammates run their best time of the year in the 4x100 relay with a mark of 47:57.
Alisha Tucker led off, followed by Hadley, Summer Meeks and Deja Jones.
Jones got the baton in fourth place and overtook two runners down the stretch.
Jones placed seventh in the 100 in 12.25 and eighth in the 200 in 25.31.
The Lake Wales boys' 4x400 relay team placed seventh in a personal best time of 3:23.33.
Tenoroc's Travis Tucker took fourth in the 100 (10.97), fifth in the 200 in 21.90 and 14th in the long jump with a leap of 18 feet 2 1/2 inches.
It's the junior's first year competing in track.
Tenoroc junior Chris Hudson took eighth in the triple jump with a leap of 45 feet 3 1/2 inches in his first trip to states. The mark bettered his own school record of 44 feet 1/4 inches
Tenoroc's Emerald Bell finished seventh in the shot put with a throw of 37 feet 8 inches.
She took 13th in the discus.
Frostproof's Rakaya Neely placed seventh in the 400 in 58.94.