Boone wins FHSAA 4A Region 3 track and field title at home – Orlando Sentinel
Host Boone’s Aidan Mizell and Tohopekaliga senior Orlando Descartes each won two events at Saturday’s high school Class 4A Region 3 track and field meet.
Mizell’s victories, coupled with Roderick Horton’s placement in four events, propelled the Braves to the boys’ team title ahead of Dr. Phillips, the Metro Conference rival.
Boone could also bring several other athletes and multiple relay teams to next Saturday’s FHSAA state meeting at the University of Florida in Gainesville, depending on the other regional results.
Braves head coach James Williams said his team had unfinished business from last year.
“It was about Mizell’s state-level performance,” Williams said, referring to his fifth-place finish in the 400-meter last year. “The guys got into it. It depends on the sprints and jumps. The kids kept fighting and knew they had a chance from day one. You have a chance to be here.”
Mizell, a top-flight college football contender, won the 100 and 400 and led his team to 93.5 points. dr Phillips caught Windermere and passed him at the line to win the 4×400 relay and finish second at 65.
Mizell ran stage two with Boone’s 4×100 relay in third place and then anchored Boone’s 4×400 effort in fifth place.
“I worked on my start,” said Mizell of the 100, which he won in 10.72 seconds. “Still not good. Mostly I’ve been working on getting through my drive phase. I’m still working on it.”
He dominated the 400 with a time of 47.80.
Horton’s big day included a 110 hurdles win, second place in the 300 hurdles, third place in the triple jump and fourth place in the high jump.
Horton said he was disappointed with his 44-foot, 10.25-inch triple jump record. “My wrong foot hit the board,” he said. “So I took some of that frustration out on the 110s. At the line, I leaned forward as far as I could. In practice this week we worked to clean up the second half of my races and in the end it worked.”
The top two finishers have punched their tickets into the state competition, which begins Wednesday with Class 1A. Ten additional at-large qualifiers per event will be added based on regional performance across the state.
dr Phillips won the 4×400 in 3:23.52 with Emmanuel Pierre charging forward on the final stage. The Panthers also qualified senior Daniel Demontagnac, who finished second with a 45-1 triple jump. Demontagnac will have to wait and see if his third-best 22-9 long jump qualifies.
Justin Stith, who ran a stage with the winning 4×400 relay, led a 1-3 Panther finish in the 200 meters. Stith won the first heat in 22.07, which stood as Pierre won the second heat with a third-best 22.14.
“I believe in my God-given talent,” Stith said. “Mom told me you have to finish; Even if no one is pushing you, you still need to push. That’s the mentality I adopted in the 200.”
Descartes scored a field event double and won the boys’ high jump and javelin throw (169-4). He achieved his best high jump of his career when he hit 6-7½ on his third and final attempt at that height. He missed three tries at 6-9¼.
Descartes said he started a little lower than expected because he didn’t want to risk missing his first high. “It kind of affected me when I was 6-8 because my shins were killing me, but I made it,” Descartes said. “In States I will aim for a (personal record) 6-10.
Boone also led Central Florida girls teams with fourth-best 52 points. Palm Beach Central, edged Delray Beach Atlantic 79-78 got the title.
Hannah Foley led the Braves with a 3,200 win and a third place 1,600. She caught and passed top seed Boca Raton junior Emma O’Day to win with a season best of 11:15.65.
Harmony’s Elizabeth Hernstrom won the girls’ pole vault with a 9-10 vault, leading a 1-2-3 finish in Central Florida. Boone’s Resa Akers took the other qualifier, 9-4¼. Maran Harris by Dr. Phillips overcame the same height but finished third with more penalties.
“All the girls in the top three, we all go to the same facility (Sky Pole Vaulter Elite in Viera),” Hernstrom said. “We’re all really good friends and it’s so much fun supporting everyone and seeing everyone doing well.”
Harmony’s Drea Thompson cleared 5-3¾ to win the girls high jump.
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