TRACK & FIELD: Distance runners pace Lemon Bay girls to district title

By Josh Vitale, SunCoast Sports

Lemon Bay's Kelsi Ogilvie, Abigayle Weinfeld and Kristen Robinson (from left to right) finish top three in the 3200 at Thursday's District 2A-11 championship at Booker High School in Sarasota. Sun photo by Josh Vitale

Lemon Bay’s Kelsi Ogilvie, Abigayle Weinfeld and Kristen Robinson (from left to right) finish top three in the 3200 at Thursday’s District 2A-11 championship at Booker High School in Sarasota.
Sun photo by Josh Vitale

SARASOTA — Lemon Bay High School may not always have the fastest sprinters, the strongest throwers or best jumpers.

(Well, actually, that last one isn’t necessarily true. Ronnie Blem won the District 2A-11 title in the high jump on Thursday).

But give the Manta Rays 800 or more meters to run, and they will more than likely churn out winners. That fact was more than evident in Thursday’s district track and field championships held at Booker High School.

The Lemon Bay boys won the 4×800 relay and 3200. The Lemon Bay girls won the 4×800 relay, the 800, the 1600 and the 3200.

For the boys, it led to a strong showing and a third-place finish. For the girls, it led to a second straight district championship coach Joe Casale called “unexpected.”

“We almost pulled the pole vault mats out last week and said, ‘Let’s teach three kids to pole vault,’ because we thought that’s what we might need to win,” said Casale, whose Manta Rays scored 175 points to fend off favorite Lakewood (164).

“We thought we were going to get second. But as the meet went on, our throwers exceeded expectations. Our sprinters scored more than we expected. We got more out of the long and triple than we expected. … And then, obviously, we loaded up on the distance kids.”

Lemon Bay poses with its trophy after winning the girls District 2A-11 championship on Thursday. Sun photo by Josh Vitale

Lemon Bay poses with its trophy after winning the girls District 2A-11 championship on Thursday.
Sun photo by Josh Vitale

The Manta girls qualified three runners for the April 29 Region 2A-3 meet in each the 800, 1600 and 3200. Abigayle Weinfeld won the district title in the 1600 and 3200, and Kelsi Ogilvie won the 800. Ogilvie finished second in the 1600 and 3200, and Maddison Welch took second in the 800.

Kristen Robinson (fourth in the 1600, third in the 3200) and Lindsay Pohlman (third in the 800) also qualified for regionals in the distance races.

Kellie Conlon (100 hurdles, 300 hurdles), Jackie Gomez (100), Kayla Wroblewski and Briana Nelson (triple jump), Grace Leah (discus) and Katelyn Weston (shot put) also qualified for regionals.

The boys scored 114 points to finish third behind Lakewood (227.5) and host Booker (128). Miles Rittenhouse was the leader, winning the 3200 and finishing second in the 1600.

Thomas Chaney (110 hurdles), Brian Delaney and Daniel Martinez (800), Rob Cerami (discus) and Brayden Curry (shot put) also qualified for regionals.

Blem’s title on Thursday was the first of his career. After jumping 5-06.00 in the high jump last year and finishing eighth in district as a junior, the senior jumped 6-04.00 to win at Booker, and his personal best of 6-06.00 is good enough to tie him for first in Region 2A-3.

“This is only the start,” Blem said.

Same goes for the distance runners.

DISTRICT 2A-11 CHAMPIONSHIPS
at Booker High School, Sarasota
GIRLS
Team: 1. Lemon Bay 175; 2. Lakewood 164; 3. Clearwater Central Catholic 86; 4. Southeast 77; 5. Bayshore 51; 6. Gibbs 45; 7. Booker 19.
Individuals
High jump: 1. Alexus Norman (BAY) 5-00.00; 2. Michaela Rhodes (CCC) 4-08.00; 3. D’Asia Hobbs (LW) 4-08.00. Pole vault: 1. Saralynn Premer (G) 6-06.00; 2. Lauren Franks (CCC); 6-00.00. Long jump: 1. Priscilla Miller (SE) 16-0.00; 2. Jakyra Brown (LW) 16-05.50; 3. Shydasha Speights (LW) 16-04.50. Triple jump: 1. Jakyra Brown (LW) 34-11.00; 2. Jasmine Tunstall (BAY) 31-11.00; 3. Kayla Wroblewski (LB) 27-08.50. Discus: 1. Johnelle Clark (SE) 108-03; 2. Shannon Vazquez (LW) 101-00; 3. Grace Leah (LB) 99-06; Shot put: 1. Johnelle Clark (SE) 33-06.50; 2. Katelyn Weston (LB) 31-11.50; 3. Shannon Vazquez (LW) 30-07.75.
4×800 relay: 1. Lemon Bay (Weinfeld, Ogilvie, Robinson, Welch) 9:55.95; 2. Lakewood 10:48.20; 3. Southeast 11:10.18. 100 hurdles: 1. Jakyra Brown (LW) 16.83; 2. N’Jericeline (G) 17.27; 3. Michel Dudenhoefer (CCC) 17.70. 100: 1. Jamesha Moorer (LW) 11.99; 2. Priscilla Miller (SE) 12.54; 3. Jackie Gomez (LB) 13.09. 1600: 1. Abigayle Weinfeld (LB) 5:20.66; 2. Kelsi Ogilvie (LB) 5:21.64; 3. Hannah McAuliffe (LW) 5:26.88. 4×100 relay: 1. Southeast (Miller, Perkins, Valcin, Williams) 51.15; 2. Lakewood 51.24; 3. Lemon Bay 53.15. 400: 1. Ashley Moyer (CCC) 1:00.48; 2. Charneycar Casimir (BAY) 1:02.11; 3. Ireoina Lightsey (G) 1:02.13. 300 hurdles: 1. Jakyra Brown (LW) 49.58; 2. Michelle Dudenhoefer (CCC) 51.66; 3. Kellie Conlon (LB) 51.86. 800: 1. Kelsi Ogilvie (LB) 2:29.66; 2. Maddiso Welch (LB) 2:32.52; 3. Lindsay Pohlman (LB) 2:37.82. 200: 1. Jamesha Moorer (LW) 25.60. 2. Priscilla Miller (SE) 26.12; 3. Shydasha Speights (LW) 26.47. 3200: 1. Abigayle Weinfeld (LB) 12:10.18; 2. Kelsie Ogilvie (LB) 12:14.18; 3. Kristen Robinson (LB) 12:15.97. 4×400 relay: 1. Lakewood (Appel, Watts, Paul, Moorer) 4:14.04; 2. Bayshore 4:20.01; 3. Lemon Bay 4:25.13.

BOYS
Team: 1. Lakewood 225.50; 2. Booker 128; 3. Lemon Bay 114; 4. Gibbs 51.50; 5. Clearwater Central Catholic 48; 6. Southeast 39; 7. Bayshore 34.
Individuals
High jump: 1. Ronnie Blem (LB) 6-04.00; 2. Marquez Walls (G) 6-00.00; 3. D’Whan Poole (G) 5-01.00. Pole vault: 1. Andy Shafer (LW) 11-07.00; 2. Ian Moss (G) 8-06.00; 3. Lucis Sheridon (LW) 6-06.00. Long jump: 1. Armani Adams (LW) 20-04.00; 2. Talik Keaton (BOOK) 20-03.00; 3. Spencer Carter (BOOK) 19-08.50. Triple jump: 1. Talik Keaton (BOOK) 40-01.00; 2. Khalid Davis (LW) 39-02.00; 3. Jarred Colquitt (LW) 37-03.00. Discus: 1. Emmanuel Dasher (BOOK) 133-03; 2. Noah Harris (LW) 118-04; 3. Rob Cerami (LB) 113-03.50. Shot put: 1. Jamal Watson (BOOK) 48-05.25; 2. Brayden Curry (LB) 41-10.00; 3. Dequan Williams (SE) 41-01.00.
4×800 relay: 1. Lemon Bay (Delaney, Martinez, Herranda, Werden) 8:39.42; 2. Lakewood 8:50.91; 3. Clearwater CC 8:57.91. 110 hurdles: 1. Jordan Williams (LW) 14.19; 2. Malik Foster (LW) 15.77; 3. Armani Adams (LW) 16.62. 100: 1. Terence Ware (LW) 10.67; 2. Joseph Cooper (BOOK) 11.03; 3. Adrian Adams (LW) 11.06. 1600: 1. Ryan Bausback (BOOK) 2. Miles Rittenhouse (LB) 4:50.98; 3. Justin Walker (LW) 4:55.68. 4×100 relay: 1. Lakewood (Ware, Adams, Pritchett, Ware) 42.46; 2. Booker 43.57; 3. Bayshore 44.60. 400: 1. Stevenson Choute (LW) 51.84; 2. Arion Youmans (BAY) 51.91; 3. Omar Sabur (BOOK) 52.47. 300 hurdles: 1. Jordan Williams (LW) 40.31; 2. Giovani Margarejo (CCC) 41.43; 3. Malik Foster (LW) 42.56. 800: 1. Dominic MacRae (SE) 2:02.35; 2. Brian Delaney (LB) 2:04.22; 3. Daniel Martinez (LB) 2:09.31. 200: 1. Terence Ware (LW) 21.76; 2. Spencer Carter (BOOK) 22.72; 3. Lamontez Pritchett (LW) 22.95. 3200: 1. Miles Rittenhouse (LB) 10:39.96; 2. Justin Walker (LW) 10:43.36; 3. Ryan Bausback (BOOK) 10:43.97. 4×400 relay: 1. Lakewood (Foster, Ware, Choute, Williams) 3:29.01; 2. Booker 3:31.90; 3. Bayshore 3:39.07.

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