On a day that started with a school record in the first running event, the George Jenkins Eagles dominated their competition, easily taking home the District Championship. The Eagles ended the day with 204 points, 101 points better than 2nd place Kathleen.
The Eagles set the stage for their dominating performance early as in the 1st running event of the day, the 4×800, the team of Brady Zimmerman, Gavin Bendross, Johnnie Salter, and Thomas Townley ran a huge season-best, and new school record, time of 8:06.64, besting 2nd place St. Cloud High School by almost eleven seconds. That time now places the 4×800 team squarely in positon to finish in the top-4 at the Regional Meet, which would advance them to the State Championships.
Steele Alleva and Damarcus Sneed both had huge days for the Eagles as they both brought in 24 points, tying them for the team lead for the day. Sneed finished 2nd, and set new personal bests, in all 3 of his events, jumping 22-6.25 in the Long Jump, followed by a 14.40 in the 110MH and a 39.03 in the 300MH. Alleva won the Pole Vault, while also placing 3rd in both the 110MH and the 300MH
Continuing his dominating season in the hurdles, Tyson Williams won both hurdle events as he ran to a new personal best time of 14.17 in the 110MH, while also running a new personal best in the 300MH. Williams’ times rank him 5th in the 110MH and 10th in the 300MH in all of Florida.
In the sprints, the Eagles were led by a trio of Juniors as Austin Cowans, Frosty Rudolph, and Riley Ott all had big days. Cowans ran new personal best times of 11.01 in the 100 and 22.08 in the 200 to place 4th and 3rd respectively. Rudolph ran to a 3rd place finish in the 400 and followed that up with a 4th place finish in the 200. Ott continued his strong season in the 400 with a 2nd place finish.
Brady Zimmerman led the way for the Eagle’s distance crew as he placed 2nd in both the 1600 and 3200. Thomas Townley also ran a great race for the Eagles in the 800, finishing 4th.
The Eagle’s field events had another big day as well, as on top of Alleva’s 1st place finish in the Pole Vault, the Eagles placed 2 more athletes in the top-3 with Riley Ott finishing 2nd, followed by Kyle Murawski’s 3rd place finish. In the throws, Stephen Mankser had a strong showing as he set new personal bests in the Shot, 45-2.25, and the Disc, 126-6, placing 3rd in both events. Cameron Jones also set a new personal best in the Shot with a throw of 44-2.75, placing 4th. In the Triple Jump, Nate Ashley continued his strong senior season with a 4th place finish, paving his way to the Regional Championships.
Showcasing their depth, the Eagles finished 2nd in both the 4×100 and 4×400, qualifying all three of their relays for the Regional Meet.
In total, the Eagles qualified 16 athletes for the Regional Championship in 13 individual events and 3 relays.
The Eagles will look to continue their strong season next Saturday, April 27th, as they compete in the Regional Championship and look to win only the 2nd Regional Title in school history as they continue their trip towards the State Championships on May 3rd.