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Multiple Eagles advance to states

Hernando Today correspondent

Published:   |   Updated: April 24, 2014 at 06:11 PM

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– Springstead athletes took to the Class 3A, Region II Meet Wednesday at Lake Minneola with one goal in mind: make it to states.

While state tickets were hard to come by in the competitive region, the Eagles sent three to the state competition next weekend across four events, and almost every runner there set a new personal record.

“We did a great job,” Lady Eagle skipper Joel Myers said. “We got kids out and every single one of the girls ran personal records.”

Still, some disappointment set in, especially for the 4x400-meter relay of Ty’Rhonza Harris, Joy Jackson, Erin Blackwell and Alexandra Ede, who ran a time of 4:09:21 that forced them to settle for fifth. Only the top four in each event qualified for states

“I can’t be mad,” Myers said. “They (set a personal record) by four or five seconds. You can’t be sad; this is athletics.”

Health and getting faster is the goal for Myers before states.

“My girls are taped up from head to toe,” Myers said. “Got to get healthier and a bit faster; I mean, everyone else will be so we might as well be, too.”

Advancing to the state meet May 3 at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville will be Wilena Little in the long jump (second, 18-6) and 200 (second, 25.18), Erin Blackwell in the 800 (second, 2:21.87), and the 4x800 of Julia Diven, Joy Jackson, Harris and Blackwell (third, 10:07.68).

As for the state competition, Myers felt while all his girls have a shot to medal, Little could be in the best position to bring one back to the Spring Hill campus.

“Wilena didn’t come out of the blocks good in the finals in the 200. She has a legit shot to medal,” Myers said “Also, in the long jump it should be down to her and two other girls.”

While the girls were anchored by Little and Harris, the boys team sent one qualifier to the states, and it is a familiar face.

Returning state champion Bobby Harris will be set to defend his gold against all challengers after winning the region with a high jump of 6-6.

“Harris is coming in as the favorite,” Springstead boys coach Brandon Wright said. “Just have to make sure he goes out and has a good day.”

While Harris was the only qualifier, Wright was extremely pleased with the results from his squad.

“A lot of personal records today,” Wright said. “Jimmy (James) Amodie ran the best time of his career with two minutes in the 800; Jai Jackson 2:02 in the 800.”

The level of competition was very high, Myers and Wright agreed.

“The level of competition has improved in the region,” Wright said. “But, we came in and ran our best times. We can walk out head held high. That is all you can ask for.”

Class 3A, Regional II Meet

at Lake Minneola


16. Springstead (SPG) 16

(Top eight score team points; top four advance to states)

4x800 – 8. Ja. Amodie, Je. Amodie, Jackson, Page (SPG) 8:33.31

HJ – 1. Harris (SPG) 6-6

TJ – 6. Harris (SPG) 44-1 3/4

110 hurdles – 11. Mahla (SPG) 16.91

4x100 – 14. Harris, Williams, Fontan, Bennett (SPG) 45.52

800 – 7. Ja. Amodie (SPG) 2:00.52, 10. Jackson (SPG) 2:02.46

300 hurdles – 13. Mahla (SPG) 44.62

4x400 – 15. Mahla, Begeny, Ja. Amodie, Jackson (SPG) 3:38.86


10. Springstead (SPG) 34

(Top eight score team points; top four advance to states)

LJ – 2. Little (SPG) 18-6

4x800 – 3. Harris, Diven, Jackson, Blackwell (SPG) 10:07:68

400 – Harris (SPG) DNF

800 – 2. Blackwell (SPG) 2:21.87

200 – 2. Little (SPG) 25.18

4x400 – 5. Harris, Ede, Blackwell, Jackson (SPG) 4:09.21

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