It’s been a fantastic week for Jesuit’s track team, which finished second at the USF/Steinbrenner Invitational on March 15, and came back a week later to place second at Friday and Saturday’s Walt Disney World Track and Field Open.
This week, Jesuit finished with 87 points, 31 points behind Liberty.The Tigers’ pole vaulters led the way by taking the top three spots. Defending state champion Nick Catchur won with a personal-best and school record leap of 15 feet, 6 inches. Jack Hughes was second at 13-0 and Dante Newberg was third at 11-6.
Newberg came back Saturday to place third in the long jump (21-101⁄2) and sixth in the 110-meter hurdles.
In the field events, Tiger Jack Taylor won the shot put (49-9) and the discus (47-91⁄2) and teammate Vincent jackson was third in the shot put (47-91⁄2).
Other top performers from the area included Tampa Catholic’s Nathan Nammour, who won the 400 in 49.86, and Blake’s Jermal Wiley, who was the runner-up at 50.22.
On the girls’ side, Tampa Catholic’s Betia Washington won the 400 in 59.76.
Locals shine at FSU Relays
There were many outstanding performances from Hillsborough County at the Florida State University Relays on Friday and Saturday, but the best overall showing must go to Bloomingdale’s boys 4x800 team, which ran a blazing time of 7 minutes, 54.76 seconds to place second, three seconds behind Niceville.
One of the members of the Bulls’ 4x800, Kevin Heron, followed with a third-place individual finish in the 800 meters in 1:55.07.
Other top performances included: Bloomingdale’s Matt Butler, who placed third in the open 400 in 49.95; Plant’s Jack Guyton, who finished ninth in the 3,200 in 9:23.86, followed by Sickles’ James Zentmeyer, who was 10th in 9:25.47; and Plant’s Bailey Sullivan, who finished the girls 3,200 in 11:27.81.