Kailyn Scully – LRHS News
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – LRHS showed off their girl power at the 2014 Class 3A- Region 3 Championship by not only winning, but dominating.
With a team total of 77 points, LRHS almost doubled the score of the second place team which was 44 points.
Senior Michelle Last was estatic.
“I couldn’t imagine my final year with this team going any better,” said Last. “We have all been training extremely hard in order to make it this far, and hopefully our hard work will pay off at states.”
A dynamic duo, known to LRHS as the Falco sisters, dominated at the Regional Championship Meet. Freshman Sophia Falco not only won the long jump, but she also finished second in the 100 meter dash and helped both the 4×100 and the 4×400 meter relays qualify for states. Her older sister, Talia Falco, is also moving on to states for getting first in the triple jump, second in the high jump, and third in both the long jump and 100 meter hurdles.
All three girls relay teams, which include the 4×100, 4×400, and the 4×800 meter qualified for this years state competition.
The 4×100 meter relay team consisted of freshman Sophia Falco, sophomores Anna McDaniel and Olivia Ogles, and junior Rheya Jackson. They finished second place for their time of 48.83 seconds.
The 4×400 meter relay team ran a 4:03.30, which broke the previous school record and got them second place. This team was built up of one runner from each grade: freshman Falco, sophomore Kailyn Scully, junior Jackson, and senior Carolyn Super.
The 4×800 meter relay team snagged the last state qualifying spot, fourth place, with a time of 9:54.46. Seniors Last and Emily Perez teamed up with sophomores Scully and Julia Ortiz in order to make this feat possible.
Talia Falco said, “Lakewood has really come together as a well-rounded track team this year.”
In the past, LRHS has always been known as more of a distance school, but this year broke that mold. There are now elite jumpers and sprinters to add to the mix of distance runners. This has ultimately created a strong track foundation for years to come.
Girls coach Kristina Bratton shared, “It is amazing to see how the track team has grow over the years. I am very proud of what the girls have already accomplished this year, and hopefully we will have just as good of a showing at states.”
Qualifying Mustangs will saddle up and head to the state competition May 3 at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.
There were many additional Mustangs that placed at the regional meet…
Olivia Ogles (100 meter dash- 13th place)
Carolyn Super (400 meter dash- 7th place)
Michelle Last (800 meter run- 10th place)
Brianna Bujnowski (100 meter hurdles- 10th place)
Savannah Turner (high jump- 6th place)
Cree Lotterer (pole vault- 5th place)
Rheya Jackson (triple jump- 11th place)
Savannah Sears (shot put- 12th place)
Brandon Luckett (100 meter dash- 5th, long jump- 7th place)
Mitch Arnold (3200 meter run- 11th)
Couper Braun (110 meter hurdles-12th place, 300 meter hurdles- 14th place)
Nathan Minic (4×100 meter relay- 5th place)
Davion Thomas (4×100 meter relay- 5th place, 4×400 meter relay- 13th place)
Craig Bain (4×100 meter relay- 5th place)
Josh Napeir (4×100 meter relay- 5th place, 4×400 meter relay- 13th place)
Kris Haller (4×400 meter relay- 13th place, 4×800 meter relay- 6th place)
George Dabbiero (4×400 meter relay- 13th place,4×800 meter relay- 6th place)
Roman Wright (triple jump- 15th place)