URSP Racers Blake Allender, left, and Matthew Alvarez.
Ormond Beach Observer
A week after the Flagler Palm Coast 4x800 boys relay won at the North/South Florida Challenge, the Bulldogs' 4x400 relay won at the Bob Hayes Invitational track and field meet.
FPC's Isaiah Joseph, Dennis Murray, Thomonte Curry and DZ Steward ran a 3:21.35 to win at the elite meet on a cold, wet day, March 18, at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.
Meanwhile, the Bulldogs' 4x800 relay of Joseph, Brandon Kalasnik, Peyton Woodward and Kamron Davis finished third with a time of 8:09.3. The team's North/South time of 7:55.08 is still the fastest time in the state.
Joseph also finished fifth in the 400 hurdles with a time of 57.46 seconds, while FPC's Gerod Tolbert was third in the long jump at 21 feet, 11.5 inches and Colby Cronk was sixth in the shot put at 50 feet, 1.25 inches.
Other top finishes at the Bob Hayes Invitational included: Seabreeze's Mackenzie Roy third in the girls 1,600 (5:15.78), while her twin sister Arianna was seventh (5:21.10). Mackenzie Roy also finished third in the 3,200 with a time of 11:40.59.
Seabreeze's Chandler Mitzo finished second in the boys javelin with a throw of 151 feet, 4 inches.
FPC's Ashton Bracewell and Jake Blumengarten each won the James Day College Scholarship. Three scholarships of $2,500 were awarded to boys and three to girls at the meet.
RACERS QUALIFY FOR AGE GROUP NATIONALS
Four swimmers from the USRP Racers qualified for the National Club Swimming Association’s Age Group Swimming Championships, also known as the Age Group Nationals.
The meet is March 22-25 at the Rosen Aquatic and Fitness Center in Orlando.
It is the first year the Racers have qualified swimmers for the nationals.
Matthew Alvarez, 13, qualified in six events — the 50 and 100 freestyle, the 50, 100 and 200 breaststroke and the 200 intermediate medley.
Blake Allender, 14, qualified in the 100 and 200 freestyle and the 50 and 100 backstroke. Evie Kate Carnathan, 12, qualified in the 50 and 100 breaststroke.
Charlee Anderson, 10, also qualified, but she will compete at the Florida All-Stars in Fort Pierce instead. The top six Florida swimmers in each age group qualify for that meet. Charlee will compete in the 50 and 100 freestyle, 50 and 100 backstroke, the 50 butterfly and the 100 IM.
The Age Group National bring together the top 900 swimmers in the nation between the ages of 9 and 14.
The USRP Racers train at the Cypress Aquatic Center in Daytona Beach.
“This incredible achievement is a testament to the swimmers’ hard work and dedication in and out of the pool,” Racers head coach Rob Klotzbach said. “More importantly, each of the swimmers are A students and quality young men and women. Each and every one of them inspire, push, support and genuinely enjoy the company of all of their teammates.”
DAVIS TAKES OVER SANDCRABS
Lester Davis, Mainland's co-defensive coordinator, returned to his alma mater to be the head football coach at Seabreeze. Davis played linebacker for Seabreeze and South Carolina State University.
DEAUGUSTINO GOES 1-2 at NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
FPC graduate Michael DeAugustino of Northwestern won one match in the 125-pound classification at the NCAA Division I wrestling championships. DeAugustino lost in overtime by a 3-1 decision in the first round, won 7-2 in consolation round 1 and lost 7-2 in consolation round 2.