Posted: 2:28 pm Saturday, April 28th, 2012
By Matt Porter
JACKSONVILLE — Welcome to Hodges Stadium at the University of North Florida for the Class 2A state track meet. If you didn’t make the drive here, we’ve got fresh updates for you all day long.
Warm-up: Preview of today’s meet, in which Suncoast is trying to win a team title without a crucial piece of the puzzle.
As we did yesterday, we’ll post regular updates all day and night. First comes the field events and 4×800 relay finals, and prelims for sprints, hurdles and other events. The finals are this evening for most running events.
Suncoast had plenty of chances to pick up early points, but heads into the evening short of its goal.
Senior Abiade Granger compete in the long, triple and high jumps. Seniors Jonathan Smith (triple jump), Justin Deithorn (pole vault) and Justin Wright (shot put) could medal. Junior Louis Habicher (800) could, too. Seniors Gabriel Aird and Davison Colimon are each expected to go top-four in both hurdle events.
Senior Antwan Wright, who is injured and will not compete, is one of the country’s best in the 100 and 200. He would have helped the Chargers immensely. His hamstring is better — “I can jog all day,” he said — but he can’t sprint yet.
Instead, he’s standing behind the fence outside the jumping area, feeling good about his team’s chances. “We’re rolling now,” he said, between doling out fist-bumps and supportive comments to his teammates. “We can do this.”
* Granger placed fifth (22-0) in the long jump.
* Wright had “a bad day” in the shot. He scratched his first two throws. After his third, he was disqualified. Why? He said he still isn’t sure.
Per meet guidelines, a competitor must pause, then exit the ring after making a throw. An official said he did not collect himself before waking out.
Wright, needing a big throw — and a legal one — to make the final, said he wasn’t unhappy with his throw, which was not measured. When he finished his throwing motion, he said he “did what I always do: stop, look out, and walk out of the ring.”
“Then I heard, ‘No mark’,” he said.
Suncoast coach Carnell Coleman spent a long time talking the the official who disqualified Wright, but didn’t appear to get anywhere. Coleman said he would appeal. A nearby Miami-Jackson coach: “You aren’t gonna win that one. It’s a judgement call.” Coleman: “I know. At least I’ll go down swinging.”
Wright, who began competing in track last year, said he feels like he did at regionals last year. As he told it: he was using a college-issue shot put, which is four pounds heavier than ones used in high school — and illegal. “I didn’t know you couldn’t,” he said. A savvy coach from another team asked to borrow it. “He said his guy lost his. When I got up there, the official said, ‘Is that yours?’ Luckily she was nice enough to not DQ me.” No favors at states, though.
* Neither Granger nor Smith made the triple jump finals.
* Colimon qualified for the 110 and 300 hurdles, while Aird qualified in the 300. “We’ve got to get everybody to pick their heads up,” Colimon said. “We’ve got to carry a little more weight.”
* Suncoast senior Justin Deithorn took third in the pole vault (13-6).
* Glades Central’s 4×100 relay missed a handoff and did not finish their prelim heat.
* Lincoln Park senior Jonathan Henriste won silver (22-7.75) in the long jump. Pasco’s Janarion Grant won with a 23-2, which is Henriste’s PR. Disapponted? He wasn’t. “This is his second year doing track. He didn’t make it out of regionals last year. To be state runner-up is an honor,” LPA coach Wendell Adams said.
* Lincoln Park junior Salvatore Masciello finished 14th in the discus.
* Suncoast freshman Ivana Ford tied for third (5-2) in the high jump.
* Lincoln Park’s 4×800 relay placed fifth (9:46.29), winning the slow heat and beating their seed time by 10 seconds. The Greyhounds: seniors Tia-Rose Raymond, Kelly Hensley, Stephanie Ball and junior Kelly O’Hara.
* Pahokee senior Darnett Hill placed third (18-6) in the long jump.
* Dreyfoos sophomore Jenna Meyers-Sinnett tied for sixth (9-6) in the pole vault.
* St. Andrew’s senior Angela Alvarez finished 10th in the shot put.