Highlighting their depth, the Eagles’ came away with two new relay school records while running away with the team title in the 3rd Annual Bob English Relays on Saturday. The first record to go down was the Shuttle Hurdle Relay, as the team of Steele Alleva, Tyson Williams, Nate Ashley, and Damarcus Sneed blew away the competition with a time of 59.12, breaking the school record by almost two seconds while also winning the event by more than ten seconds. Their time will be one of the fastest times run in the nation in the event this season. In the 4×200, the team of Michael Flores, Austin Cowans, Riley Ott, and Frosty Rudolph ran a time of 1:27.50, breaking the current school record while also taking home the win in the event. Their time was good enough to meet the gold standard in the event, making it one of the faster times that will be run in the event in the nation this season.
In the remainder of the Varsity relays, the Eagles were able to earn 25 more points for the team, led by the winning 4×800 team of Gavin Bendross, Cody Carr, Johnnie Salter, and Thomas Townley who ran a season best time of 8:25.77. The majority of that 4×800 team came back at the end of the meet to run the 4×400, with Cody Carr being substituted for Brady Zimmerman, and ran to a 2nd place finish in the event. The Sprint Medley team of JQ Jones, JJ Poe, Brandon Fernandez, and Breilyn Sullivan ran to a 4th place finish. Rounding out the scoring in the Varsity relays was the Distance Medley Team of Andrew Guerrero, Brendan Moore, Cody Carr, and Andrew Chambers who ran to a 7th place finish.
With two Freshman/Sophomore relays to compete in, the Eagles’ underclassmen were able to showcase their depth and strength as the Freshman/Sophomore 4×100 team consisting of Marquis Jean, De’Marea Johnson, Manny Gibson, and Gavin Bendross ran to a 3rd place finish. The Freshman/Sophomore 4×400 team of Ar’Marion Hargrove, Manny Gibson, De’Marea Johnson, and Marquis Jean ended their meet strong with a 2nd place finish in the event.
Getting into the act with the relays as well were the Eagles’ throwers, as Nicholas Moonab, Stephen Mansker, Maleik Alterno, and Logan Birket blazed around the track, finishing 5th in the Thrower’s 4×100.
In the few individual running events that occurred on the day, the Eagles’ were able to bring home 38 points, led by the group of 800 Meter runners who ran to 23 points. Brady Zimmerman led this group with a new personal best time of 2:01.92, winning the event over teammate Thomas Townley who ran another personal best in the event with a time of 2:03.51. Rounding out the scoring for the Eagles in the 800 was Johnnie Salter, who ran to a 4th place finish with new personal best time of 2:06.49, and Cody Carr who ran to an 8th place finish. Tyson Williams kept his undefeated streak alive in the 300MH, easily winning the event. Also scoring for the Eagles in the individual running events were Andrew Guerrero who ran to a 6th place finish in the 1600 and Austin Cowans who placed 7th in the 100. Guerrero’s time of 4:54.54 in the 1600 is a new personal best and more than nineteen seconds faster than his personal best coming into the year.
As has been the case all year, the Eagles field events were responsible for huge points as the Eagles’ pole vaulters went 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in the event with Riley Ott taking home the win followed closely by Steele Alleva and Kyle Murawski. Damarcus Sneed had another strong showing in the Long Jump as he jumped to a 3rd place finish with a new season best jump of 21-03.5”. Sneed’s fellow jumper Nate Ashley had a strong day as well, placing 5th in the Long Jump and 3rd in the Triple Jump. Also placing in the Triple Jump for the Eagles were Manny Gibson, who placed 7th, and JJ Poe, who finished 8th. Stephen Mansker continue his strong season in the throws as he threw a new personal best in the Shot Put of 43-0.5”, placing 2nd in the event, while also placing 8th in the Discus.
The Eagles will continue their season this Thursday as they compete in the Lakeland City Meet, where many of the Eagles’ young athletes will have a chance to compete as their top atheltes prepare for a very challenging meet at Kissimmee-Osceola on Saturday.