JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The weather cleared up and the titles rolled in for area athletes at the state high school track and field championships on Saturday at UNF.
The area's two-day championship haul: 17 individual titles, one relay crown and one team award.
Twelve athletes and a relay team claimed state championships on the final day of the track season, adding to the first-day haul of five. The Bolles boys team also brought home the team state championship, earning 64 points to top second-place Tallahassee Rickards.
In Class 3A, Orange Park’s Alex Collier had a big win in the 400, edging elite sprinter Tyrese Cooper of Miami Norland. Collier ran a 46.33 to Cooper’s 46.60, although Cooper was later disqualified for unsportsmanlike conduct and his result scrubbed.
Collier also took a third in the 100. Cooper, the presumptive favorite in the 100, was disqualified for unacceptable conduct.
In Class 4A, Fleming Island’s Glenn Rodgers had the razor-thin win of the meet, running a 14.20 in the 110 hurdles to nip Miramar’s Osaji Skyers (14.21).
Oakleaf’s Jalen Rivers won the 4A shot put (54 feet, 4 inches), Palatka’s Trayvon Williams won the 2A 400 (47.60), Bolles’ Charles Hicks won the 1600 in 4:13.47 and Bishop Snyder’s Jalen Chance claimed the triple jump (46-11.5). Hicks won the 3200 on Friday and Chance won the long jump that day, too.
The First Coast boys 4x100 relay team of Tyree Saunders, Darius Lewis, Jonathan Gaines, Maurice Dawson and Zaderick Caneus also won in Class 4A, running a 41.22.