Two underclassmen qualified for the state track tournament this weekend at the University of North Florida, based on their showing at last week’s regionals in Tallahassee at Florida High.
Regionals saw two young careers continue to spark. Freshman Tiauna Benjamin qualified for regionals with a third place finish, on a 1.47 meter high jump, which she has a career best of 1.52m at districts.
Freshman Ja'Mela Ray had a strong showing in the shot put, throwing 10.37 meters which is 0.3 under her career mark, for fourth place.
“These two have potential to be known as state champions in the future if they keep perfecting their craft year around,” said coach John Cooper.
In the long jump, Benjamin leaped 4.47 meters, for 12th place. In the triple jump, she jumped 8.74 meters for 14th place.
Regionals saw two great careers come to an end with the long distance duo of Simon Hodgson and Genevieve Printiss. Both seniors were battling illness the days of regionals, but managed to push through with a strong showing.
“Their future is bright as they plan to run for Tallahassee Community College, and will keep training,” said Cooper.
In the 1600 meters, Printiss finished 12th with a time of 6:15.70. In the 3200 meters, she finished 13th, with a time of 14:23.27.
In the 1600 meters, Hodgson ran ninth, with a 5:04.71 time.