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Dragons find second wind

LAKE PLACID - The Green Dragons hosted a Class 2A quad meet Tuesday afternoon, bringing 2A-9 district rival Avon Park, as well as 2A-11 Hardee and 2A-12 LaBelle, to Lake Placid High School.

In the girls' competition, Lake Placid totaled 70 points, tying LaBelle for first place. Hardee was third with 66 points, followed by Avon Park with 51.

Meanwhile, Hardee won the boys meet in dominating fashion, scoring 115.5 points. Avon Park was second with 62, besting Highlands County rival Lake Placid (42.5) by nearly 20 points, while LaBelle rounded out the group with 39.

Quiahja Williams continues to shine for the Dragon girls. Fresh from a stellar performance during last week's meet at Sebring High School, Williams excelled at the familiar confines of LPHS.

Williams was spectacular in the field and distance events. She won the high jump with a leap of 4-feet, 10-inches, and measured 16-feet, 11-inches in the long jump.

In the 100-meter dash, Williams headlined a trio of Dragon speedsters. Williams won the event with a blistering time of 12.98 seconds, and was the only runner to finish in under 13 seconds. Lake Placid's Briana Bodon followed Williams in 14.39, and Rosa Ramirez finished third at 14.40.

Williams and Ramirez combined their talents with Allison Kinchen and Tara Lowder to finish second in the 4x100 relay. Kathryn LeBlanc and Kinchen rounded out the rest of the Dragons top performances. LeBlanc won the 800 in 2:52.85 while Kinchen captured the 200 dash in 29.95. LeBlanc also finished second in the 300 hurdles at 56.68.

Standout performances from Avon Park's girls team came from Torianna Jones, Shanice Leverson, Lashaday Love, and Imani Tate. Jones won the 400 dash in 1:06.65 and finished second in the long jump with a distance of 14-feet, 4-inches. Leverson won the 100 hurdles at 19.42 and finished third in the 300 hurdles with at time 57.07. Love dominated the triple jump, besting second-place by nearly five feet when she jumped 31-feet, 10.5-inches. Tate finished second in both the shot put and discus throw. Her best toss in shot put was 29-feet, 9-inches, while she launched the discus 86-feet, 10-inches.

The Red Devil boys excelled in many of the distance events. Josh Jones led a throng of Avon Park runners in the 100 dash. Jones finished in 11.87, and behind him were three Devils teammates. Moise Satine was second in 12.26, followed by Caludy Antoine in third at 12.46. Jermiah Almondea rounded out the group in fourth place at 12.58.

Jones edged Satine in the 200 dash, finishing first in 24.28 while Satine was third in 24.83. Satine won the long jump, however, leaping 16-feet, 8.5-inches. Bryan Johnson capped the Devils top performances, winning the shot put with a toss of 38 feet.

For the Dragon boys, Dalton Shelton won three events by himself. Shelton win the 1600 at 4:58 flat and also trotted into first in the 3200 with a time of 10:47.87. He captured the 800 in 2:11.62.

Tuesday was the final regular season meet for both Lake Placid and Avon Park. The Dragons and Devils will travel to Frostproof on Thursday for the 2A-9 district meet.