There was quite the turnout for the county’s middle school and elementary school track and field meets held at Bayshore High School in late March and early April, said Children’s Therapy Solutions’ Lena Thoresen.
Children’s Therapy Solutions and the Manasota Elks sponsored the annual event.
Thoresen said about 100 volunteers helped put on the meet that attracted 250 students from seven middle schools and 705 students from 24 elementary schools.
Thoresen also said the event drew more than 1,000 spectators.
Several records fell in the meet.
Johnson Middle School’s Destiny Johnson set the sixth-grade girls 800-meter run record with a time of 2:57.91.
The Buffalo Creek 4x100 eighth-grade girls relay team broke King Middle’s record established in 2003.
The team made up of Jermisha Collins, Destinee Johnson, Charlene Grooms and Janal Murrell clocked in at 53.86 for Buffalo Creek.
Harrlee Middle’s Xavier Reaves broke the girls eighth-grade shot put record at 31-feet and 4¼ inches.
The boys 800-meter run in the eighth-grade division had four runners (Louis Rottes, Shawn Nicklaus, Edwin Quijada and Mario Lopez) shatter the previous record.
Rottes, of King Middle, won the event in 2:24.72.
Buffalo Creek’s Torrence Johnson captured the eighth-grade boys long jump title after tying an eight-year record with an 18-foot long jump.
Multiple individual event winners in the middle school meet were: Johnson Middle’s Marline Valcin (sixth-grade girls 200-meter dash and long jump); King Middle’s Aleah Robinson (sixth-grade girls 100-meter dash and shot put); Haile Middle’s Olivia Ogles (seventh-grade girls 100-meter dash and long jump); Collins (girls eighth-grade 200-meter dash and long jump); Nolan Middle’s Stephen Varone (sixth-grade boys 100-meter dash and shot put); Haile Middle’s Karious Price (seventh-grade boys 100-meter and 200-meter dash); King Middle’s Phil Rottes (seventh-grade boys 800-meter and 1,600-meter run); Haile Middle’s Marvin Jones (eighth-grade boys 100-meter and 200-meter dash) and Rottes (eighth-grade boys 800-meter and 1,600-meter run).
King Middle won the middle school team trophy, Thoresen said.
On the elementary side, more records fell.
Rowlett’s A’Veyon Kennon clocked in at 1:19.37 to set the new girls third-grade 400-meter dash record.
Jatava Sanders, Deandra Lmeida and Jeslie Hernandez all shattered the previous 400-meter dash record in the fourth-grade girls division.
Sanders, representing G.D. Rogers Garden Elementary, won the event in 1:10.63.
In the fifth-grade boys 400-meter dash race, three runners broke the previous record.
They are Latrell Peary, Donte Clinton and Gustavo Pena.
Orange Ridge’s Peary won the race in 1:02.81.
There was no overall team trophy awarded at the elementary meet.
Jason Dill, sports reporter, can be reached at 745-7017 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org