The Franklin County girls track and field team won their second consecutive invitational meet on Friday, this time winning the six-team Bozeman Invitational.
Sophomore Tete Croom won the girls shot put with a school record throw of 31 feet 5 inches. Seventh grader Ja’Mela Ray won the girls discus throw, with a throw of 87 feet 7 inches, and came in second behind Croom in the shot put.
“The impressive 1-2 combination continues to serve notice throughout the Panhandle,” said coach Jason Luquis. “Benjamin in the triple jump and Ray in the discus are currently ranked in the top 10 in the state.”
Eighth grader Tiauna Benjamin and seventh grader Trinity Barron made up an impressive 1-2 combination of their own in the jumping events. Benjamin took first in the triple jump, second in the high jump and third in the long jump. Barron won the long jump and placed third in the high jump.
Junior Genevieve Printiss had another strong performance in the distance events, taking second place in both the mile and two-mile. Seventh grader Amani Jones came in third in the 300-meter hurdles and ran the fastest time anyone from the school has run in three years.
Other strong performance were seventh grader Gracie Smith, fourth in the shot put; freshman Honesti Williams, fifth in the 100-meter and third in the 4x100 relay; seventh grader Genesis Jones, fifth in the high jump and sixth in the 800-meters; seventh grader Ali Patrick, fourth in the 400 meter and third in the 4x400 relay; junior Monica Cruz, third in the 4x400 relay and sixth in the 300-meter hurdles; and junior Madison Smith, third in the 4x100 relay, fifth in the 100-meter hurdles, and sixth in the high jump.
The boys continued improving, finishing third out of six teams. Senior Tyler Howard won the 100 meters and finished second in the 200 meter, plus he ran a leg on the 4x100 relay squad that finished second.
Junior Simon Hodgson won the mile with a time of 5:03, making an impressive move with 700 meters left to take the lead and never relinquishing it. Hodgson also took second in the two-mile lowering his own school record to 10:58.
Jaylon Gainer continued his strong senior season, winning the high jump with a jump of 5 feet 6 inches, and taking second in the 110 meter hurdles and third in the triple jump.
Other strong performances on the boys side were sophomore Colton Evans, second in the 4x100 relay and third in the 110-meter hurdles; junior Nate Jones, second in the high jump and seventh in the 300 hurdles; freshman Isaiah Barber, second in the 4x100 relay, third in the long jump, and fourth in the 110-meter hurdles; sophomore Duncan Whaley, seventh in the discus; and eighth grader Charlee Winchester, third in the 4x800 relay and sixth in the mile.
“The team will look to continue the strength they showed over Bay County competition the next two weeks as they take a step up in competition with the next three track meets being in Tallahassee,” said Luquis. “The girls team looks incredibly strong early in the season and the boys team continues to show improvement each track meet.”