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Overcoming the elements

LAKE PLACID - Sebring brought a little thunder and lightning to Thursday's track and field meet in Lake Placid. While the meet was cut short due to rain, the Blue Streaks girls team won their competition while the boys placed third.

The Blue Streak girls tallied 57 points to edge the Green Dragons, who finished second with 55 points. Hardee was third with 54 points, Moore Haven was fourth with 50, and DeSoto was fifth with 31.

On the boys side, Hardee came in first with 62 points, followed by Moore Haven (55.5), Sebring (53), DeSoto (49.5), with Lake Placid (7) rounding out the group.

Gary Demarest and Sheliah Harris helped Sebring sweep the discus throw. Demarest won his event with a toss of 152-feet, 9-inches, while Harris broke the century mark as well, launching the discus 101-feet, 10 inches for her best throw. Demarest also finished second in the shot put with a toss of 40-feet, 9-inches.

Jordyn Blount captured the boys long jump and high jump events. Blount totaled 19-feet, 11.5-inches in the long jump and 5-feet, 10-inches in the triple jump.

Brian Dixon and Luke Smith led the way for Sebring in the boys track events. Dixon finished third in the 100-meter dash with a stellar time of 11.20 seconds. Streaks teammate Desmond Edwards was just behind him at 11.59.

In the boys 110-meter hurdles, Smith placed fourth at 20.13. Kaytlyn Cooper led the way for the Streak girls in the 1,600 meter run, placing third with a time of 6 minutes, 44 seconds.

Sebring and Lake Placid's girls put on an impressive showing in the field events.

Ali Blackman helped the Streaks capture the pole vault event, as she placed first clearing a height of eight feet.

Streaks teammates Shannon Bloemsma and Avie Clark finished tied for second with seven feet, alongside Lake Placid's Kathryn LeBlanc.

Quiahja Williams won the high jump for the Green Dragons, clearing 4-feet, 8-inches. Sebring's Ashley White finished tied for third with a height of 4-feet, 4-inches.

Lake Placid's Devany Moore gave Highlands County its best finish in the girls long jump, as she placed third with a distance of 12-feet, 11 inches. Regan Phypers (11 feet) and Sonia Becerra (10-feet, 5 inches) rounded out the event for the Dragons top 15 finishes.

Imani Powell finished tied for first in the girls triple jump with a distance of 28-feet, 7-inches. Streaks freshman Anona Neal placed third with 26-feet, 3-inches while Moore was fourth at 26-feet, 2-inches.

Lake Placid's girls excelled in the track events as well.

Moore finished third in the 100m hurdles with a time of 42 seconds while three Dragons placed in the top five in the 100m dash. Williams won the event with a time of 12.90, while Rosa Ramirez was second at 14.33. Allison Kinchen was fifth at 14.42.

Briana Bodon rounded out the top 10 finishes for the Dragons, placing ninth at 14.76. In the 400m dash, Belkis Rivero placed second with a time of 1:13.01. Sabrina Sarasola finished 10th at 1:24.09.

The Dragons found success in the team races as well.

In the girls 4x800m relay, Lake Placid finished third as Ramirez teamed with Gabriella Perez, Elizabeth Gloria, and Jacqueline Barajas to finish third at 12:51.15.

Meanwhile, in the girls 4x100m relay Ramirez, Williams, and Kinchen combined their talents with Briana Bodon to capture the event in a stellar time of 56.12.

While the Dragon boys found minimal success overall, they excelled in a handful of events.

Ricardo De Jesus, Johnathan Psaras, Caleb Haake, and Gabriel Yungbluth paced Lake Placid to a third place finish in the 4x100m relay with a time of 58.49.

In the 4x800m relay, Mercer teamed with Dalton Shelton, Scott Sigrist and Julian Obregon to place fourth at 10:16.31. Obregon also finished fifth in the 400m dash at 59.05.

Sebring's next track and field meet will be Thursday at Bartow at 4 p.m. The Dragons next meet will be March 11, when Avon Park and the Streaks travel back to Lake Placid at 4 p.m.