If there were any questions about how junior Tyson Williams would return from his season-ending injury last March, Williams laid those questions to rest as he dominated the hurdle events and paved the way for the Eagles to win the 3rd annual GJ Invitational on Saturday. Williams easily won the 110MH with a time of 14.57, just 0.04 seconds off the school record, and edged out James Rivera of Lakewood Ranch, the defending state champion, for the win in the 300MH with a time of 39.45. Williams’ 20 points, added to the remaining points scored by his teammates, gave the Eagles 113.5 points, comfortably beating 2nd place Lake Wales by 37 points.
As in the past few seasons, the Eagles’ jumpers brought home huge points as they combined for a total of 47 points, led by Riley Ott’s winning performance in the Pole Vault, with a new PR of 14-00.5”. Ott’s fellow vaulters, Steele Alleva and Kyle Murawski, did not disappoint as they finished 3rd and 5th respectively, with Alleva clearing a height of 13-06.5” and Murawski clearing 13-00.75”. In the Long Jump, Terrance Denson jumped to a 2nd place finish, closely followed by teammates Damarcus Sneed and Nate Ashley, who finished 3rd and 5th respectively. Nate Ashley also jumped to a new PR of 43-09.75” in the Triple Jump, good enough for a second place finish and missing the school record by a mere 1.25”. Also scoring points in the Triple Jump was Damarcus Sneed who finished 8th with a jump of 41-03.75”.
In the sprints, the Eagles were paced by a trio of juniors in Austin Cowans, Jaden Rudolph, and Terrance Denson. Cowans and Rudolph both ran a time of 11.33 in the 100, good enough for 7th and 8th place. In the 200, Rudolph ran to a time of 22.46, good for 4th, and Cowans ran to a 7th place finish in a time of 22.67. Denson, the current school record holder in the 400, ran to a 4th place finish in the event with a time of 50.56.
The Eagles show-cased their depth in the relay events scoring points in all 3 relays, with the 4×400 team consisting of Jaden Rudolph, Tyson Williams, Terrance Denson, and Riley Ott running to a new school record of 3:21.52, good enough for 2nd place. The Eagles 4×100 team of Michael Flores, Austin Cowans, Steele Alleva, and Jaden Rudolph also ran to a 2nd place finish in a time of 43.04, better than any time the 4×100 relay ran all last season. Rounding out the scoring in the relays, the 4×800 relay of Thomas Townley, Johnnie Salter, Gavin Bendross, and Brady Zimmerman ran strong and finished in 5th place.
Also bringing home points for the Eagles in individual events were Damarcus Sneed, Brady Zimmerman, and Stephen Mansker. Sneed ran to a new PR of 14.69 in the 110MH finishing 2nd behind teammate Tyson Williams. Zimmerman ran to a 7th place finish in the 3200, while Mansker finished 8th in the shot put in his first career track meet.
The Eagles will continue their season this Saturday, February 23rd, at the Berkeley Prep Invitational, competing against more than 25 teams as they continue on their mission of winning the County, District, and Regional Titles and earning their way into the State Meet in Jacksonville on May 3rd.