Posted: 5:03 pm Saturday, May 9th, 2009

Class 4A state track meet in Winter Park 

By Jason Lieser

Palm Beach County has two gold medals so far at the Class 4A state track meet in Winter Park.


Marqueshia Stallworth of Seminole Ridge won gold in the triple jump. It was a close one as the winning jump was 39-01-25 and second place was 38-11.75 by Miami Northwestern’s Brianna Rollins.

Eddie Lovett of Palm Beach Lakes won the 110 hurdles in 14.01, edging Everglades’ Courtney Thompson (14.19).

Also from Lakes, junior Albreynia Walker was second in the 100 (11.90). Tynia Gaither from Osceola won in 11.88. Walker also placed seventh in the long jump and sixth in the 200.

Dazia Tucker was second in the 300 hurdles (44.04). And Emarkis Gunn was second in the boys 300 hurdles (37.05).

Sean Zuppke and Jonas Elusme took silver in the pole vault and high jump, respectively.

I also have to give Seminole Ridge’s Precious Johnson some major credit. She took a nasty tumble as she leaned in to cross the finish line on the last leg of the 400 relay. She came down hard, scraping up most of her right arm and was in a lot of pain. But when she got up to leave the track she asked one of her teammates, “Did we get fourth?”.

They ended up third in the heat, due in large part to her effort at the end. They were seeded eighth for the finals and finished fifth.

Other medalists for the day are:

LaToya Harvin, Royal Palm Beach, high jump – eighth

Makela Pratt, Royal Palm Beach, triple jump – sixth

Miriam Pierre, Santaluces, shot put – sixth

Shane McDermott, Palm Beach Central, shot put – eighth

Albert Wilson, Port St. Lucie, triple jump – sixth

Tim Upton, Port St. Lucie, triple jump – eighth

Ruthann Kinglocke, Palm Beach Central, 100 – eighth

Ryan Pickering, John I. Leonard, 800 – fifth

Tampa Chamberlain senior Dentarius Locke has taken down TWO state records today. Locke ran the prelims in 20.58, which breaks the previous record held by Olympian Walter Dix of Coral Springs. Dix’s record was 20.62. Locke ran 20.70 in the finals.

Locke broke the record in the 100 finals at 10.32. The previous record was held by Jeffrey Demps, formerly of Groveland South Lake and now of Florida Gator fame. Demps’ old mark was 10.37.

Locke is going to Tennessee and like Dix, only runs track.

Skylar Wallen of Miami Northwestern broke the state girls 800 record in 2:09.44. Oak Ridge’s Lavera Morris had the previous record of 2:09.90.