Eastside girls going to district track meet

Published: Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 8:55 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 8:55 p.m.

The Eastside High School girls track team won the District 4-2A championship for the second year in a row by winning all of the relay events and sophomore Shadayzia Bullock won her shot put and discus events.

Although the boys failed in their attempt to win back-to-back district championships at the District 4-2A championship meet held last Wednesday at Palatka High School, they managed to place fourth with winning performances by senior Sir Jackson in the 110- and 330-meter hurdles, senior Ravi Kumar in the 800 and senior Carsten Thue-Bludworth in the 1,600.

Several other members of the boy’s team will be joining a host of girl athletes at the Class 2A Region 2 championship meet at noon Thursday at The Bolles School in Jacksonville. Athletes who placed in the top four at the district meet advanced to regionals.

Coach Adrian Taylor, who is always adamant about the importance of his athletes doing their best in practice so they can perform at their highest level at meets, said he is proud of his team.

“I am extremely proud of the girls for winning back-to-back championships,” said Taylor, adding that the future is extremely bright for the girl’s team because the majority of the team will be returning next season.

Taylor said he is proud of the boy’s team, too, because they placed fourth out of 10 teams despite being very young.

“For a while, the boys were in the mix, but there are some areas we are not developed in, but we had some great performances, and overall I am extremely proud of them for stepping up and doing their best,” Taylor said.

Below are the Eastside girl athletes who won district championships:

— Freshman Vanessa McAdams, 400 meters.

— Freshman Mia Varner, 800m.

— Junior Alshateck Frazier, sophomore Anikeyawna Barber, senior Madison Brown and junior Shataya Williams, 4x100 relay team.

— Junior Roneka Bradley, junior Katherine Blasini, Williams and McAdams, 4x400.

— Varner, sophomore Maggie Carnes, McAdams and Bradley, 4x800.

Williams, long jump.

— Shadayzi Bullock: shot put and discus.

Below are other athletes (boys and girls) and relay teams that advanced to regionals:

— Brown, long jump, 100m and 200m.

— Bradley, 300m hurdles.

— Carnes, 1,600m.

— Frazier, 100m and 200m.

— Williams, 400m.

— Thue-Bludworth, 800m.

— Senior Anthony Burch, 110 hurdles.

— Senior Jesse Houston, 110 hurdles.

— Thue-Bludworth, Jackson, Burch and Kumar, 4x400.

— Kumar, sophomore Robert Booker, sophomore Thomas Poirier Jr. and junior Peter Van Sauterne, 4x800.

Taylor said he will continue to preach to his team the importance of preparing for the next meet without thinking about the state championship meet, which will be held on April 27 at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.

“We want to take it one step at a time and we just want to have a great week of practice and we want to make sure we are prepared to do our very best at regionals,” Taylor said. “I believe if we work hard like we have all season long and continue to strive for excellence and do our best, then the sky is the limit. If we do that and keep our eyes on the prize, which is to get to the state meet, we will be alright.”

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