Young paces Canes to fifth at state meet

Gainesville's Kenric Young led the Hurricanes to a fifth-place finish at the Class 3A state finals behind his second-place run in the 200 meter on Saturday in Jacksonville. (FILE)

Published: Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 10:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 10:58 p.m.

JACKSONVILLE — Just before his prep athletic career wrapped up, Gainesville High School's Kenric Young got reflective.

"I'm pretty happy," said Young, who has signed a national letter of intent to play wide receiver at Utah. "I went to state (track) three times, got to the state championship game in football (in 2012) and got to be a part of GHS's tradition.

"I think I helped the school."

He sure did on Saturday at the FHSAA Class 3A meet at Hodges Stadium on the campus of the University of North Florida.

There, he finished second in the 200 meters (21.30) and fourth in the 100 (10.76) before joining fellow Hurricanes Jeremy Lawson, Dontarian Evans and Tariq Evans on the third-place 4x400 relay team (3:20.43).

Young's efforts helped lift GHS to a fifth-place finish with 27 points.

Also having a big day was Buchholz senior Sierra Ourada, who finished second in the 4A girls discus with a throw of 131-10.

Other local athletes who scored points in the 3A meet were GHS sophomore 100-meter sprinter Nia Flagg (sixth place, 12.33), Hurricanes' boys sophomore triple jumper Jeremy Lawson (fourth, 44-6.50), and Columbia's boys 4x100 team of senior Rakeem Battle, senior Alex Weber, sophomore Latrell Williams and junior Zyeric Woods (fifth, 42.41).

The team winners were Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas (4A boys and girls), Tallahassee Chiles (3A boys) and Miami Northwestern (3A girls, also 3A boys runner-up). For complete results, visit

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