It was a tough day for some Flagler Palm Coast track-and-field athletes Thursday in the Region 1-4A meet, at FPC.
Several Bulldogs athletes set or came close eto setting school records, but because the region is one of the best in the state, many did not qualify to advance to states.
Kadeem Williams, however, is not one of them. He qualified for the state meet in three events.
Williams cruised to the 300-meter hurdles regional title, finishing in 38.16 seconds. Williams dominated the preliminaries, too, finishing in 37.89 seconds, more than two seconds ahead of the second-place qualifier.
Williams also qualified as part of FPC’s 4x400-meter relay team, which finished third at regionals. The relay team features Williams, Eddie Mutungu, Eric Mejias and Andrew Folk.
FPC’s 4x800-meter relay team also qualified after finishing third, just three seconds behind the regional champion relay team from Olympia. The team features Williams, Mejias, Kadeem Wynn and Brad Walbert.
Colton Boyd took second in the boys pole vault and also qualified for states.
Dustin Bowens set the school record in the shot put with a 48 feet, 9 inch toss, but he missed qualifying for states by about 4 inches.
The girls 4x100-meter relay team finished seventh and didn't qualify for states, but it did set a school record in the preliminaries, finishing in 49.54 seconds. Relay members include Tierra Williams, Devonne Friday, Ladeijah Williams and Sarah DiLoreto.
The FPC boys team finished seventh in the region; the girls team finished tied for 23rd.
The Class 4A state meet will be Saturday, May 4, at the University of North Florida, in Jacksonville.
Matanzas’ Wells headed to states, too
Alexis Wells, of Matanzas, is headed to the Class 3A championships after taking second place in the triple jump at the regional championships.
The Class 3A state meet will be Friday, May 3, at the University of North Florida, in Jacksonville.