News-Sun photo by DAN HOEHNE Taylor Tubbs and Hannah Schroeder held the first and second positions pretty much wire to wire in the District 7-3A Girls 1,600 Thursday at George Jenkins.
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published: Sunday, April 21, 2013
A Blue Streak Stampede
By DAN HOEHNE
LAKELAND - From the field events to the track. From the sprints to the hurdles to the long distance runs.
Sebring was well represented all across the board, advancing 14 student-athletes from Thursday's District 7-3A Meet at George Jenkins High School, in a variety of events.
In need of a top-four finish to move on to next week's Regional at Leto High School in Tampa, the Blue Streaks had little worry in a number of events, with seven first-place finishes on the day.
Gary DeMarest continued his upward trend and set another new personal best in winning the discus with a throw of 146-feet, 10.5-inches.
The junior also took second in the shot put with a toss of 44-feet, 2.5-inches to make him one of six Streaks qualifying in multiple events.
Sebring swept the pole vault, with Blake Fort clearing 8-feet, 6-inches to win the girls side of the event, and Byron Cobb clearing 12-feet even to get the boys win.
Ali Blackman tied for third in the girls event with a vault of 7-feet, 6-inches to move on to Tampa as well.
Eric Foster and Hannah Schroeder had quite busy days in the distance runs, putting their stamina fully to the test.
Foster, in the boys 1,600, paced himself early on before making his move over the final two laps to claim the win in 4:40.55.
He also placed second in the 3,200 to move on and was part of the 4X800 team with Damian Foster, Greg Rawlings and Jose Andrew Rivera to take third.
"I knew I had a chance to make regionals," Foster said. "But I knew it wouldn't come easily. I just had to stay focused."
Schroeder was also a glutton for long-distance punishment but was able to capture fourth in the 800, where she was within less than one second of second place, and finish second in the 1,600 to advance in both events.
And she nearly pulled off a hat trick of qualifiers by taking a close fifth in the 3,200.
Taylor Tubbs pulled out a pair of wins, breezing to a 1,600 victory with a time of 5:06.63 and still had enough in the tank to win the 800 in 2:20.62.
"I actually went a little faster than I had planned," said Tubbs, a Florida signee who posted a sub-five minute mark earlier this season. "I had just wanted to cruise, but with the energy and excitement of the meet, it got me going."
Brian Dixon got a Sebring win in the 200-meter run and also took third in the 100-meter dash to stamp two tickets to Tampa as did Shalontay Rose who placed second in the high jump and fourth in the long jump.
Jordyn Blount took second on the boys side of the high jump to move on and just missed in the long jump by finishing fifth.
And Destiny McCartney rounded out the Blue Streak qualifiers by taking third in the 100-meter hurdles.
There were a couple of other near advancements that fell just short.
Erica Cord came into the high jump with a 5-foot, 2-inch seed, which would have gotten her second, but on this day she couldn't get past the 4-foot-10 mark.
In the Boys 4X400, Jarvis Bridges, Greg Rawlings, Carl Dassinger and Benjamin Perez teamed up but fell less than three seconds short of grabbing fourth place.
With all the excellent finishes in so many different events, the Blue Streak boys came out as the overall district winners, out of 11 teams, totaling 101.5 points to stay ahead of Kathleen's 96.
The Lady Streaks found themselves in third place, overall, with 87.5 points on the day, behind host George Jenkins and Kathleen.
A great day on the track, and in the field, for all the Sebring student-athletes that saw a long season of hard work pay off for many.
Next up is the Region 2-3A Meet at Leto beginning at Noon on Wednesday, where the Streaks will vie for that next step, to the FHSAA State Finals in Jacksonville.
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