By Bryan Levine, SunCoast Sports
PUNTA GORDA — Kendall Chavarria’s week didn’t start as she had hoped.
As a member of Charlotte’s softball team, Chavarria saw her season end in a dramatic 11-10 loss at Fort Myers in the regional semifinals.
Two days later, the Charlotte senior had another opportunity to go to states, this time in track and field.
“Obviously it wasn’t the outcome we wanted,” Chavarria said. “I was sad after the game ended, but I almost immediately knew I had other opportunities later in the week.”
Chavarria qualified for states in the shot put, finishing in third place with a score of 41 feet, 10.50 inches.
“I’m so happy for her, because she got the opportunity to do something different and ran with it,” Voss said. “What she did is incredible. Hopefully, we opened up an interest for her that she might be able to take to college with her.”
She’ll be joined at states by a few teammates, mainly the 4×100 squad which broke its own school record Thursday.
Kaitlyn Chavarria, Brittny Augustin, Jaliyah Underwood and Dana Donovan narrowly won the event in a time of 48.27, which was one-one hundredth of a second better than the South Fort Myers team.
“They’re just workers,” Voss said “They continued all year, and had an idea in mind of what they wanted to do. They set a goal and they obtained it today. I couldn’t be prouder of them”
Augustin also qualified individually in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 45.93 for fourth place.
Port Charlotte brought a few competitors to the regional meet, as Alden Goucher’s sixth-place finish in the triple jump was the school’s best. Goucher had a score of 35-05.50 in the event.
Along with Sabrina Fultz, Isabella Reyes, and Abigail Chambers, the four girls placed 10th in the 4×400 relay.
With 34 team points, the Charlotte girls finished the night in ninth. Port Charlotte’s 10 points were good enough for 23rd.
REGION 3A-3 CHAMPIONSHIPS
at Charlotte High School
1. East Lake 60, 2. Naples 57.50, 3. Fort Myers 50, 4. Hillsborough 46, 9. Charlotte 34, 10. Venice 22.50, 23. Port Charlotte 10.
High jump: 1. Tanner Gauthier (V) 5-02.00, 10. Emily Vaughn (CHS) 4-08.00. Pole vault: 1. Olivia Welsh (D) 12-02.00, Natalie Jen (CHS) 10-06.00. Long jump: 1. Ani Wells (A) 18-11.00. Triple jump: 1. Daneesha Davidson (H) 39-01.00, 6. Alden Goucher (PC) 35-05.50. Discus: 1. Sherry Lubin (N) 131-08, 10. Hallie Thompson (CHS) 101-00. Shot put: 1. Chloe Jones (H) 43-11.00, 3. Kendall Chavarria (CHS) 41-10.50.
4×800 relay: 1. Fort Myers (Paul, Kurland, Oakes-Lottridge, Kaminski) 9:52.68. 100 hurdles: 1. Olivia Welsh (D) 14.16. 100: 1. Darlene Charles (GG) 12.01. 1600: 1. Kristlin Gear (FM) 5:04.66, 9. Isabella Coogan (CHS) 5:34.86. 4×100 relay: 1. Charlotte (Chavarria, Augustin, Underwood, Donovan) 48.27. 400: 1. Shenica Bazile (N) 56.94. 300 hurdles: 1. Daneesha Davidson (H) 43.71, 4. Brittny Augustin (CHS) 45.93; 800: 1. Kristlin Gear (FM) 2:16.94, 5. Alden Goucher (PC) 2:22.54; 200: 1. Shenica Bazile (N) 25.08; 3200: 1. Kristlin Gear (FM) 11:12.91, 6. Isabella Coogan (CHS) 11:43.15; 4×400 relay: 1. Island Coast (Rankin, Foster, Jackson, Chruch) 4:02.10, 10. Port Charlotte (Fultz, Reyes, Frison, Goucher).