In what was a close, two-team battle all day, the George Jenkins Eagles came out on top as they edged out Lake Wales for the team title at the Polk County Championships Saturday. With the win, the Eagles have won the last four County Championships and have established themselves as one of the more dominant teams in County history.
The Eagles walked away from the meet with 3 individual County championships, with Tyson Williams again dominating the hurdle field and taking home both the 110 and 300 Meter Hurdle titles. Williams’ time of 14.22 in the 110MH not only lowered his school record, but also broke the County Championship record and is the second fastest time in Florida for this season, while also being the second fastest time ever run by a Polk County athlete. In the 400, Riley Ott ran away from the competition with a huge personal best of 49.05, lowering his current school record and narrowly edging out his teammate, Jaden Rudolph, who also ran a huge personal best with a time of 49.13.
Along with Williams, the Eagles boast one of the top hurdle squads in Florida and the Eagles hurdlers held true to that billing. Damarcus Sneed, Steele Alleva, and Nate Ashley finished in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place behind Williams in the 110MH, with Sneed running a new personal best time of 14.55, the current number 7th time in Florida, and Alleva running the number 15th best time in Florida. In the 300MH, Sneed again finished close behind Williams as he ran a new personal best of 39.07, while Alleva finished the scoring with a 5th place finish. All totaled, the Eagles hurdlers came away with 51 points for the Eagles on the day.
Other athletes scoring points for the Eagles in the running events were Austin Cowans, Brady Zimmerman, and Thomas Townley. Cowans ran to a 3rd place finish in the 200 Meters with a new personal record of 22.31, while also running to a 7th place finish in the 100 Meters with a new personal record of 11.07. Zimmerman ran to a 2nd place finish in the 3200 as well as a 3rd place finish in the 1600. In the 800, Townley ran to a 5th place finish.
In the field events, the Pole Vaulters led the Eagles yet again, with Riley Ott, Steele Alleva, and Kyle Murawski finishing 2nd, 3rd, and 5th respectively. The Eagles’ horizontal jumpers had a strong showing as well with Damarcus Sneed placing 7th in the Triple Jump and 8th in the Long Jump, while Nate Ashley placed 5th in the Triple Jump. Throwing a huge personal best in the Discus by more than 15 feet, Stephen Mansker finished 4th for the Eagles in the event while also placing 7th in the Shot Put, followed by Cameron Jones who finished 8th in the Shot.
Highlighting their depth in the relays, the Eagles came away with a County championship in the 4×400, while also finishing 2nd in the 4×800 and 3rd in the 4×100.
With the conclusion of the County Championships, the Eagles now have their sights set on training and preparing for the State Series and the District Championships that will be held on April 16th as they look to continue their quest for District and Regional Championships and a top-5 finish at the State Championship in May.