Northeast Florida high school track and field state qualifiers: Class 2A
The 2022 Florida High School Athletic Association track and field championships began Wednesday at James G. Pressly Stadium at Percy Beard Track on the campus on the University of Florida.
The FHSAA is spreading track competition across four days: Class 1A teams on Wednesday, Class 2A on Thursday, Class 3A on Friday and Class 4A on Saturday. Hundreds of athletes from across Jacksonville and Northeast Florida are scheduled to participate.
Last spring, Bolles won the 2021 girls team championship held at the University of North Florida, and multiple Northeast Florida athletes captured individual titles.
CLASS 2A BOYS
1 p.m. Thursday
High jump: Orlando Holland, Baker County. Pole vault: Jacob Christy, Bolles. Long jump: Noah Straley, Bishop Kenny; Jonathan Lorbeer, Kemani Wilson (both Bolles); T.J. Derico, Suwannee. Triple jump: Jonathan Lorbeer, Bolles; T.J. Derico, Suwannee. Shot put: Garrison Butler, Bolles; Caleb Moncrief, Keystone Heights; Dylan Freet, Tocoi Creek. Discus: Max Selden, Bishop Kenny; Caleb Moncrief, Keystone Heights; Cooper Crowell, Paxon; Will Wainwright, Suwannee. Javelin: Ryan Anderson, Bolles; David Cooper, Episcopal; Garrison Beach, Will Wainwright (both Suwannee); Charles Allsup, Tocoi Creek. 100: Jaymodd Ruise, Baker County; Traunard Folson, Jackson. 200: Noah Straley, Bishop Kenny; Malcolm Odum, Martin Odum (both Union County). 400: Noah Straley, Bishop Kenny; Kavon Miller, Bolles; Brian Johnson, Jackson; Malcolm Odum, Martin Odum (both Union County). 800: Daniel deMonte, Colin Duhnoski (both Bolles); Michael Officer, Episcopal; Dashawn Bruist, Jackson. 1,600: Cormac Kimberly, Aidan Ryan (both Bolles). 3,200: Christopher Joost, Matthew McClure, Aidan Ryan, Matthew Thomas (all Bolles). 110 hurdles: Jeffrey Ashby, Bolles; Johnathan Givens, Palatka; Garrison Beach, Suwannee. 300 hurdles: Jaeshaun White, Palatka; Garrison Beach, Suwannee. 400 relay: Baker County, Baldwin, Bolles, Jackson. 1,600 relay: Bolles, Episcopal, Jackson, Palatka. 3,200 relay: Bishop Kenny, Bolles, Jackson.
Full local qualifiers list: Class 1A
Full local qualifiers list: Class 3A
Full local qualifiers list: Class 4A
Outlook: Bolles should pick up plenty of points in the distance races. Aidan Ryan is seeded first in a 3,200 that could include a quartet of Bulldog scorers, and Daniel deMonte and Colin Duhnoski are seeded 1-2 in the 800. Add assorted points from elsewhere, from relays to field events, and Bolles should score well. Field events look promising for multiple area schools: Keystone's Caleb Moncrief excels in the discus, Bishop Kenny's all-around athlete Noah Straley is among the long jump leaders and shot putter Dylan Freet might become the first state scorer in Tocoi Creek track history. In the sprints, Jackson senior Traunard Folson has some of the best straight-line speed in Florida.
CLASS 2A GIRLS
1 p.m. Thursday
High jump: Sydney Roundtree, Bishop Kenny; Dariniya Martin, Suwannee. Pole vault: Vivian Stovall, Kiley Wenger, Presley Wolfe (all Bolles). Long jump: Chloe Selmer, Episcopal; Tristen Evatt, Yulee. Triple jump: Presley Wolfe, Bolles; Dariniya Martin, Suwannee; Tristen Evatt, Yulee. Shot put: Torryence Poole, Palatka; Emily Flores, Tocoi Creek. Discus: Zee Curtis, Ella Neskora, Maggie Stoll (all Bolles); Torryence Poole, Palatka; Emily Flores, Tocoi Creek. Javelin: Caylee Padgett, Emily Rohan (both Bolles). 100: Gabrielle Johnson, Bishop Kenny; Janay Moorer, Bolles; Skyler Watts, Episcopal; Kyndal Turner, Paxon. 200: Gabrielle Johnson, Bishop Kenny; Janay Moorer, Bolles; Skyler Watts, Episcopal; Rose-Esther Saint-Germain, Paxon. 400: Ka'Myya Haywood, Bishop Kenny; Janay Moorer, Bolles; Kennedy Hill, Jackson; Rose-Esther Saint-Germain, Paxon. 800: Kennedi Proctor, Baldwin; Ka'Myya Haywood, Bishop Kenny; Leila Bata, Isabella Lee (both Bolles). 1,600: Jillian Candelino, Elizabeth Csikai, Elizabeth McClure (all Bolles). 3,200: Jillian Candelino, Elizabeth McClure, Ella Mickler (all Bolles); Lucrezia Gowdy, Episcopal. 100 hurdles: Selena Robinson, Paxon. 300 hurdles: Alleah Ford, Palatka; Selena Robinson, Serenity Ward (both Paxon). 400 relay: Bishop Kenny, Episcopal, Palatka, Paxon. 1,600 relay: Bishop Kenny, Episcopal, Jackson, Paxon. 3,200 relay: Bishop Kenny, Bolles, Episcopal.
Outlook: Is state championship No. 5 coming to Bolles? The reigning champions should score in multiple events, and they've got several outright favorites: Jillian Candelino in the 1,600 and 3,200, Emily Rohan in the javelin and Presley Wolfe in the pole vault. They should also fare well in the 4x800 relay, and could pick up additional points in the discus, the triple jump or in the sprints with Janay Moorer. Bishop Kenny's Ka'Myya Haywood could challenge for the top of the podium in both of her events, the 400 and 800, and Baldwin eighth-grader Kennedi Proctor is rising fast in the 800. Over in the field events, Palatka's Torryence Poole looks like a strong pick to retain her championship in the shot put.
Clayton Freeman covers high school sports and more for the Florida Times-Union. Follow him on Twitter at @CFreemanJAX.
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