For the first time in his Eagles’ career, Jaden Rudolph took to the track to run the open 400 Meters at the Berkeley Prep Invitational on Saturday and his debut in the event did not disappoint. The first time was the charm for Rudolph as he edged out teammate Riley Ott, winning the event with a new school record of 49.74, with Ott finishing second in a time of 49.89, which also broke the previous record. Teammate Tyson Williams got into the record-breaking act as well, running to a win and a new school record of 14.49 in the 110 Meter Hurdles, while also winning the 300 Meter Hurdles with a new personal best, and meet record, of 38.84. Along with their teammates’ performances, the trio helped lead the Eagles to 115.5 points, taking home the overall team championship over second place Lake Wales by 38.5 points.
Junior Damarcus Sneed continued his solid junior season in both the hurdles and the jumps as he amassed a total of 20 points, placing second in the 110MH with a time of 14.94, third in the 300MH with a new personal best of 39.95, and third in the Long Jump with a season best jump of 20-06.5”. Sneed also helped contribute to eight more points for the Eagles as he along with Gavin Bendross, Breilyn Sullivan, and Austin Cowans ran to a second place finish in the event.
As two of the more versatile athletes for the Eagles, Steele Alleva and Riley Ott also brought home big points for the Eagles. Alleva placed second with a new season best jump of 14-03.5” in the Pole Vault, while also running a season best time of 15.36 in the 110MH, placing seventh in the event. On top of his second place finish in the 400, Ott placed third in the Pole Vault with a jump of 13-03.5” and finished his day with a seventh place finish in the 200 Meters with a huge personal best of 22.36. Collectively, Alleva and Ott scored 26 points for the Eagles.
In other running events, Thomas Townley and Johnnie Salter both ran new personal bests in the 800 Meters, placing fourth and sixth respectively. Townley lowered his personal record by more than two seconds with a time of 2:04.73, with Salter dropping his personal best time in the event by more than four seconds with a time of 2:07.97. Adding to his teammates in the 400 Meters, Austin Cowans ran a new personal best time of 51.05, good enough for a fourth place finish in the event.
Along with his teammates Alleva and Ott, Kyle Murawski again had a big day for the Eagles in the Pole Vault, finishing fifth in the event with a season best jump of 13-03.5”. In other field event action, Nate Ashley had another strong showing in the horizontal jumps, finishing fifth in the Long Jump with a jump of 20-03.5” and third in the Triple Jump with a mark of 42-09.75”. Rounding out the scoring for the Eagles in the field events was Maleik Alterno, whose season best mark of 38-04” in the Shot Put was good enough for a seventh place finish.
The Eagles will look to continue their strong start to the season this Saturday, March 2nd at the Bob English Family Track at Jenkins, competing against more than 24 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.