Posted: 1:56 pm Friday, May 4th, 2012
By Matt Porter
JACKSONVILLE — Welcome to Hodges Stadium at the University of North Florida for the Class 3A state track meet. If you didn’t make the drive here, we’ve got fresh updates for you all day long.
1:46 p.m. It’s hot — low-90s without much breeze or shade — and the field events are happening. Palm Beach Lakes senior Shamaz Quince is competing in the long jump.
She’s seeded second with a 19-foot mark, but the best of her three prelim jumps is 17-9. That’s a foot behind the current leader heading into the finals. “You’re not running to the board,” Lakes coach Jerome Groover tells her. Quince wipes sand from her face, looking disappointed.
“If she finds the board, she can win this thing,” Groover says.
1:58 Jensen Beach’s boys 4×800 relay receives its eighth-place medal. The team of seniors Tyai Jackson and Tim Allen and juniors Travis McHale and Christian Moore ran it in 8:04.14, finishing second in the slow heat.
2:10 After hearing an impassioned speech from Lakes assistant Alonzo Jefferson — “Nobody out here should be jumping farther than you, and you know that” — Quince hits 18-5.25. Jefferson shouts. Quince raises her fist in the air.
2:57 Quince’s jump is good enough for bronze. Onto the triple jump, in which she’s seeded third.
3:22 Lake Worth junior Tiah Sanborn competing in the high jump. She sails over at 5-2.
Boynton Beach freshman Stacey Destin, who came in seeded second at 5-6, is nowhere to be found. An official confirms Destin did not show up for the event. She is disqualified.
Also not here: Lake Worth junior James Looney, who was to compete in the shot put. He broke his foot at football practice.
3:51 Sanborn clears 5-4, but can’t get a career-best 5-6. She finishes in a four-way tie for fifth.
5:01 Quince takes sixth in the triple jump with a 37-9.5 mark.
9:58 Click here to read the full story on the Class 3A state track meet.
Back tomorrow and blogging from a loaded Class 4A meet. See you then.