Suncoast boys stumble at state track meet
Saturday, April 28, 2012
by Matt Porter
JACKSONVILLE -- Davison Colimon's legs were numb. He had scrapes on his right knee and shin. From the stands, a group of opposing coaches were howling for justice. He remained stoic as a silver medal was placed around his neck.
Colimon, his Suncoast teammates and coaches arrived at the Class 2A state meet at the University of North Florida with a senior-heavy team and a chance to win the boys' state championship.
After a trying day - coach Carnell Coleman referenced Murphy's Law at one point - they finished in sixth with 29 points. Plantation-American Heritage won the title with 45.
"The guys left everything they had on the track," said Coleman, who was missing top sprinter Antwan Wright (hamstring). "We overcame adversity."
That's especially true of Colimon. In the original final of the 110 hurdles, Colimon and two other competitors fell on the last row of hurdles. Plantation-American Heritage junior Walter Tucker broke a hurdle with his foot, sending a plastic chunk flying. Just two hurdles remained upright. Merritt Island senior Nick Friel was named the winner in 14.70 seconds.
But Coleman and coaches from several other schools protested, leading to a half-hour meeting of coaches and officials. It was determined the last row of hurdles was lined up incorrectly. Florida High School Athletic Association officials decided to re-run the event.
"I've never seen anything like it," UNF assistant track coach David Frank said of the race and appeal.
A banged-up Colimon finished seventh in the 300 hurdles, which was won by teammate Gabriel Aird. Two hours after stumbling around in tears, Colimon had another shot at the 110. He surged toward the end, leaned across the line and clocked a 14.30, placing second behind Tucker (14.07).
"We ended as strong as we could," Colimon said. "I'm just happy that we got here again and put on more history at Suncoast."
Aird, who came close to qualifying in the 110 hurdles, soothed the bad memory of last year's state meet, in which he fell on the final hurdle of the 300 prelims. This time, he fell across the line in 37.89, five-tenths of a second ahead.
"It came down to the line. Everyone was trying to lean out. Whoever fell the fastest, won," Aird said.
Suncoast senior Justin Deithorn placed third in the pole vault (13-6). Senior Abiade Granger was fifth (22-0) in the long jump, in which Lincoln Park Academy senior Jonathan Henriste took second (22-7.75).
Coleman lodged an unsuccessful protest for senior Justin Wright, who was disqualified from the shot put for leaving the ring early.
In a photo finish of the boys 4x400 relay, Pahokee finished second. Seniors Arthur Burnett, Malik Thornton, Davaris Osborne and Freddie Washington were one-tenth of a second behind gold-medal-winning St. Petersburg-Lakewood.
Suncoast's girls were the top area finishers, placing 20th. Freshman Ivana Ford was third (5-2) in the high jump, sophomore Bianca Joseph was fourth (14.98) in the 100 hurdles.
Elsewhere, Pahokee senior Darnett Hill took bronze (18-6) in the long jump and Dreyfoos sophomore Jenna Meyers-Sinnett was sixth (9-6) in the pole vault.
Glades Central junior Carvel Lawrence and sophomores Carnisha Michel, Berneta Boldon and Fabrianna Nation placed sixth in the 4x100 relay. Lincoln Park's 4× 800 relay (seniors Tia-Rose Raymond, Kelly Hensley, Stephanie Ball and junior Kelly O'Hara) placed sixth. Hensley also placed sixth in the 3200.