Preps Track and Field Championships: Jenkins Girls Edge Kathleen for Title
Fri. March 22, 2013 at 4:03 a.m. | By Aimee Sachs
Lake Wales' Alisha Tucker, left takes the baton handoff for the final leg of the Girls 4x400 during the Polk County Track and Field Championships in Frostproof. (Photo by ERNST PETERS | THE LEDGER)
By AIMEE SACHS | THE LEDGER
LAKELAND | Seconds after George Jenkins sophomore Ruby Lewis won the girls 3,200 on Thursday, she apologized to head coach Dale Meskimen.
"She wasn't happy with her time," Meskimen said. "That's a great example of my team. They really have high expectations of themselves. I can't say enough about the character of my girls."
After a computer glitch was fixed, the George Jenkins girls fulfilled their expectations, winning the Polk County Championships at Frostproof with a total of 124.5 points. The Eagles edged out Kathleen, which finished second with 121 points.
The Eagles won the 4x800 relay, while Theresa Trentham won the 1600, and it was her third-place finish in the 3200 that was originally left out of the final results and had the Eagles placed second to Kathleen by half a point.
The Lake Wales boys blew away its competition, running away with first place with 101 points. The Highlanders capped off their big night with big wins in the boys and girls 4x400 relays.
"We attacked hard," Lake Wales coach Tavaris Johnson said. "This is just a step. We're not going to try to just take off the cape yet. We just want to make sure we finish the season strong."
The Highlanders had strong performances in the field events, with Railond Garrett winning the shot put and Calvin Outing winning the discus throw.
Isaac Rigel won the 3200 for Lake Wales in 10:16.47.
"He's just dedicated," Johnson said. "He reminds me of a Russian. He's going to compete at the state level."
Kathleen sprinter Di'Kerria Wilson is on her way to competing at the state level, once again sweeping the 100, 200 and long jump. The senior no longer has to worry about finishing second to former Lake Wales graduate and current UCF star Octavious Freeman like she did during her years as an underclassmen.
"I wish she was still out here so she can push me to be faster than I am now," Wilson said.
Winter Haven junior Bennie Wesley soundly won the 100 in 10.75, while Lakeland Christian's T.J, Simmons took the 200 in 22.15. Tenoroc's Christopher Hudson won the boys 400 and the triple jump, while Frostproof's Rakaya Neely finished first in the girls 400.
Haines City's Shadai Brimmer won the 300- and 110-meter hurdles. Bartow's Kalil Lamont won the boys 110 hurdles and McKeel Academy's Kevin Valentine won the boys 300 hurdles.
Bryce Foreman won the long jump for Kathleen, and Lakeland's Jonathan Hulzebos won the 1,600.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This article was updated to reflect the correct name of Kathleen sprinter Di'Kerria Wilson.