Matanzas' Evanne Miller, Sierra Howard each win individual event at district track championships

The Pirates also won the girls 4x400 relay.

Sierra Howard won the 800-meter run at the District 4-3A meet. Courtesy photo by Rachel Mills
Sierra Howard won the 800-meter run at the District 4-3A meet. Courtesy photo by Rachel Mills
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Matanzas’ Evanne Miller and Sierra Howard each won two first-place medals at the District 4-3A track and field championships April 24 at Beachside High School in St. Johns County.

Matanzas senior Jordan Youngman (right) qualified for regionals in four events. Courtesy photo by Rachel Mills

Miller won the girls 400-meter run in a time of 59.39 seconds. Howard won the 800-meter run in 2:22.81. And Howard, Jordan Youngman, Gabrielle Duncan and Miller won the 4x400 relay with a time of 4:06.88.

Youngman automatically qualified for regionals in all four of her events. In addition to the relay, she placed second in the 400 hurdles (1:05.86), third in the 100 hurdles (15.86) and third in the high jump (4 feet, 11.75 inches).

Bryonna Bowdry placed second in discus with a personal record 32.83 meters (107 feet, 8 inches).

Among the Matanzas boys, Jeffrey Powell placed second in triple jump (41 feet, 8 inches), leading three Pirates among the top five with Ladarien Baker placing third (41 feet, 7.25 inches), and Kenneth Robinson finishing fifth.

Evanne Miller (center, at a meet in March at the Villages Charter School) won the 400 meters at the District 4-3A meet on April 24. File photo by Rachel and Abe Mills.

Jordan Theus-Vale was runner-up in discus (142 feet, 9 inches). Jordan Mills placed fourth in both the 110 hurdles (15.55 seconds) and the 400 hurdles (59.77 seconds).

The Pirates finished fourth in both the boys and girls team standings.

First through fourth places automatically qualify for the Region 1-3A meet on May 8 at the University of North Florida. At-large qualifiers will be announced on May 2.

“All the kids we expected to qualify did, and we had some kids step up and compete real well,” Matanzas coach Tim Kane said. “I suspect we’ll have a number of at-large qualifiers also. We’re pleased with the effort we’re getting. It’s coming at the right time.”


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