Commentary | Lakewood Ranch track star good as gold in AAU long jump

June 24, 2014 

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GRANT JEFFERIES/gjefferies@bradenton.com Out-of-Door Academy's Caroline Daily in action during the Class 1A-District 10 Tennis Tournament at Saint Stephen's Episcopal School on Monday.

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Lakewood Ranch's Sophia Falco won the long jump in the girls 15-16 year old division of the AAU Gold Coast District Qualifier at the Ansin Sports Complex in Miramar recently. Falco recorded a 17-foot-11-inch jump to win by 6 inches over Miami's Courtney Gibson.

Other area athletes competing in the meet held June 7-8 included Lakewood Ranch's Talia Falco (girls 17-18 years old: fourth place, 100-meter hurdles; third place, high jump; sixth place, long jump), Ellenton's Jada Massie (girls 17-18 years old: sixth place, 100-meter dash), Bradenton's Keonte' Johnson (boys 17-18 year old: seventh place, 400-meter dash), Bradenton's Justin Townsend (boys 17-18 year old; fifth place, long jump) and Bradenton's Aalyiah Genat (girls 11 year old: 14th place, 400-meter dash; fourth place, 800-meter run).

No local Open tennis berths

The U.S. Open National Playoffs were held this past weekend to determine berths into the fall Grand Slam tennis event for women, men and mixed doubles sectional qualifying.

Two Manatee County players competed in the event held at Florida State University in Tallahassee.

Bradenton's Grayson Goldin and Lakewood Ranch's Taylor Lederman were the participants representing the area.

Sarasota's Caroline Dailey, who attended the Out-of-Door Academy, joined Bradenton's Amanda Rodgers and Holmes Beach instructor Ellis Ferreira received the only berths awarded to local qualifiers back in 2011. Dailey qualified in the women's singles championship of the U.S. Open National Playoffs, while Rodgers got through with Ferreira in the mixed doubles championship.

This time, though, neither Goldin nor Lederman could secure victories. Goldin was defeated 6-0, 6-4 by Tallahassee's Terrance Whitehurst in a Round of 32 match, while Lederman withdrew from the tournament in the same round in the women's draw.

Lacrosse at Lakewood Ranch

The 2014 Rippin at the Ranch lacrosse tournament was held this past weekend at the Premier Sports Campus, and featured several local teams faring well.

The boys lacrosse tourney had six different divisions competing over Saturday and Sunday.

The Lakewood Ranch Monsters triumphed in the U9, U15 and High School 'B' divisions while also reaching the finals in the U13 and U11 divisions.

Jason Dill, sports reporter, can be reached at 745-7017 or via email at jdill@bradenton.com. Follow him on Twitter @Jason__Dill.

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