Posted: 1:22 pm Saturday, May 5th, 2012

Live blog: Updates from Class 4A state track meet (video) 

By Matt Porter

JACKSONVILLE — Welcome to Hodges Stadium at the University of North Florida for the Class 4A state track meet. If you didn’t make the drive here, we’ve got fresh updates for you all day long.

1:19 p.m. It’s a loaded field, as we wrote about here. In preparation for another long, hot day, we’re loaded up with water and sunscreen. First up are the field events. Headed out to the long jump.

1:39 Action everywhere. Dwyer senior Jethro St. Hubert and Royal Palm Beach senior Tremane McCullough locked in a long-jump battle, next to Santaluces senior Clariwin Dameus, Seminole Ridge sophomore Danielle Livingstone ans Park Vista senior Alexa Wood. Santaluces senior Miriam Pierre competing in the shot with Seminole Ridge junior Alexandria Jackson. Park Vista’s boys running in a smokin’ fast 4×800 field.

1:42 Jupiter girls and Park Vista ran in the girls 4×800, finishing 13th and 14th, respectively.

1:45 Park Vista finishes sixth in a 4×800 field that recorded the U.S. No. 2, 3 and 4 times. No shame in that.

2:00 Dwyer’s coach emeritus, Lincoln Knowles, celebrates after St. Hubert sails 23-1. “Ho, boy! God bless America!” says Knowles, 79.

2:17 Pierre throws the shot 43-1, which will be tough to beat.

2:26 She gets it out to 43-6.5, winning gold.

2:37 Wood finishes seventh (18-1) in the long jump. Livingstone is eighth (17-9). Dameus is 10th (17-2).

2:46 Results are in: McCullough (23-3.25) and St. Hubert (23-1.5) go 1-2 in the long jump.

3:30 “He was my biggest opponent, from Palm Beach all the way up here,” McCullough said after receiving his medal. “And he’s a good friend of mine.”

“We had our mindset,” St. Hubert said. “I got Tremane. Tremane got Jethro. All we can do is just fight. And come out victorious.”

3:35 Here’s video of McCullough and St. Hubert.


3:42 Pierre’s winning throw of 43-6.5 was nearly five feet past the runner-up. In the video below, she attributes her win to coaching, technique, and mysterious forces:


4:03 Seminole Ridge’s Jackson finished fourth. She and Pierre cheered each other on throughout the event.

“My goal? I was supposed to be first or second,” Jackson said.

“Supposed to be,” said Pierre playfully.

Jackson, a junior, has her chance next year.

4:21 Catching up on a few other events: Dwyer senior Vanessa Ucelo (8-0) takes tenth in the pole vault.

Santaluces’ Dameus qualified for the 100 hurdles finals.

Dwyer senior Moriel Pitt and Park Vista junior Christopher Grinley went 1-2 in their heat of the 110 hurdles prelims. Pitt is seeded second for the finals. Grinley is fourth.

Dwyer sophomore Johnnie Dixon did not qualify for the 100 finals. He pulled his hamstring and did not finish the race.

5:05 Dwyer boys coach Paul Meunier, also an assistant football coach, didn’t know the severity of Dixon’s injury, but said it could force him to miss a week — or all — of spring football practice. Dixon is a wide receiver being recruited by Miami and Florida State, among many other top programs.

5:21 Several coaches have pointed to the heat, the lack of proper hydration and three days of rain last week in Palm Beach County as factors that wreaked havoc on pre-meet training. After the 400 prelims, Palm Beach Central senior Travis Morrison was treated for dehydration. Morrison, who was on the ground vomiting and cramping, was taken away by ambulance. Palm Beach Central coach Ray Louvier said Morrison should be OK.

Morrison qualified for the boys 400 finals, but it does not appear he will run.

Also qualifiying for the 400 finals: Park Vista senior Edens Thermidor and Atlantic junior Jean Poulard.

5:24 Dwyer’s girls 4×100 team did not qualify for finals.

Royal Palm Beach freshman Erin Ford qualified for the 400 finals.

Dameus qualified for the girls 300 hurdles finals, giving her a shot at a double medal.

Both Grinley and Pitt qualified in the boys 300 hurdles finals. They could each medal in both the 110 and the 300 hurdles.

5:33 Results are in for the boys triple jump. McCullough was fifth with a 45-9.75 jump. St. Hubert was seventh (44-11). Two medals for both.

In the girls triple, Park Vista’s Wood won bronze (37-6). Another double medalist.

5:37 FHSAA bought us Zaxby’s for dinner. Chicken, you are delicious.

5:54 4:27 Jupiter junior Angelo Goss, Park Vista junior Yephnick Adelphonse and Jupiter junior Heath Appleman are competing in the high jump.

Goss jumped 6-7 at regionals, which has him seeded second in this event and is fairly remarkable because of this fact: Jupiter coach Matt Perry said this is Goss’ third week competing in the jump. “We just taught him the steps last week,” Perry said. Goss, a hurdler, didn’t qualify for states coming out of a tough Region 4. He’s good enough to be here in an event he just picked up.

6:09 Appleman, who has jumped 6-6, goes out at 6-0. He buries his face in his jersey.

6:25 Goss and Adelphonse clear 6-2. Girls 100 hurdles getting ready to go.

6:33 Dameus finishes second in the girls 100 hurdles with a 14.50 time.

Pitt finishes second in the boys 110 hurdles. His 13.94 time is one-100th of a second behind the winner. Grinley is fourth (14.20).

Here’s Pitt and Grinley talking about their (healthy) rivalry:


6:39 No locals in the boys 100, with Dixon out. But Orlando-Boone senior Marvin Bracy is worth a mention. The state record holder (10.25, 10.05 non-wind-aided) runs a 10.52 into a slight wind. Blazer.

Bracy will play football at Florida Sate.

Here’s Bracy’s 100:


7:01 John I. Leonard senior Anderson Charles, who will later run the boys 800, finishes second in the 1600. He leads after the first lap, but Colonial junior Andrea Arroyo catches him and kicks on the final 200 meters to win in 4:14.06. Charles is second in 4:17.65. John I. Leonard senior Salvador Medrano is eighth.

7:06 Adelphonse is in a two-man tiebreaker in the high jump. He and South Plantation senior Hershley Basile were the only jumpers to hit 6-4 on their first try. No one can hit 6-6, so Adelphonse and Basile get one try at 6-6.

They miss, so the bar moves down to 6-5. Adelphonse hits, Basile misses and the 6-foot-4 junior takes gold.


7:24 Remember when Central’s Travis Morrison was on the ground, dehydrated, carted off via ambulance? He came back to run in the 400. He placed seventh.

Travis Morrison is down, but not out after running the 400 finals. (Matt Porter/The Palm Beach Post)

Travis Morrison is down, but not out after running the 400 finals. (Matt Porter/The Palm Beach Post)

“I wanted my medal,” he says to an athletic trainer, then lays down. “Can you help me up, please?” He’s smiling, but aching.

Thermidor takes second in 47.82. Atlantic’s Poulard is ninth.

7:33 Dameus earns her second silver of the day, running 43.46 in the 300 hurdles.

Here’s Dameus after the event:


Royal Palm Beach freshman Erin Ford is fourth in the girls 400.

8:22 Jupiter freshman Courteney Zboyan takes seventh in the 3200.

8:29 Park Vista is fourth in the boys team standings with two events left. The Cobras need a good showing in the 4×400, the last event of the night, to hold that place. Looks like St. Thomas Aquinas will take the boys title.

John I. Leonard’s Charles takes third in the 800. Here he is afterward:


Boyd Anderson is running away with the girls title. Santaluces is the top area team, currently in a tie for sixth.

9:01 Dameus just ran the anchor leg of Santaluces’ 4×400 relay, which placed seventh. Dameus placed 10th in the long jump, won a pair of silvers in the hurdles, and now this. She’s trying to walk this one off.

“She never gives up,” says relay (and hoops) teammate Essence Williams, a senior. “When she’s tired, she shows you she’s not tired.”

9:09 The A-Train has rolled in. Basketball Hall of Famer and Jacksonville University alum Artis Gilmore is introduced as a special guest. He presents medals to the girls 4×400 relay winners.

Gilmore, who lives in Jacksonville, is now working as a sports ambassador for the mayor’s office. At 7-2, he is taller than most of the girls he is greeting as they stand on the podium.


9:25 Park Vista, Atlantic and Royal Palm Beach go 3-4-5 in the boys 4×400.

11:22 Park Vista’s boys finish fifth. Santaluces’s girls finish sixth. For the whole recap, here’s the story that will run in Sunday’s editions of The Palm Beach Post.


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