Dwyer boys and girls sweep track titles
Thursday, March 21, 2013
by Post Staff
One word best describes the Dwyer High track program:
The Panther boys, despite missing some of their top performers, still cruised to a team title in Thursday's North Conference Championship at Palm Beach Gardens High. The girls, meanwhile, hoisted a team trophy by scoring points in every event.
"I'm proud of these kids," Dwyer coach Lincoln Knowles said. "The whole group."
Dwyer scored 171.5 points, holding off Suncoast (142.5) and Palm Beach Lakes (134). Julian Bembry won the long jump (19 feet, 5.5 inches). Aaron Humyn took the pole vault by clearing a state-worthy 13 feet. Tyler Mackey (shot put) and the 3,200 relay also struck gold.
Standout sprinter Johnnie Dixon skipped the 200-meter dash, but was involved in the best race of the day, the boys 100. Palm Beach Lakes senior Eric Whipple beat him by a half-step, 11.24 seconds to 11.25. Whipple was a triple winner, taking the 200 in 22.31 and helping a winning 1,600 relay.
Lakes went 1-2-3 in three events. Darius Hodges (43-6) won the triple jump, Jonathan Hayden (14.63) placed first in the 100 and 300 hurdles. Suncoast got wins from Sam Geiman (1,600, 3,200) and Louis Habicher (800).
Jupiter's Heath Appleman (high jump), Evan Hartz (discus) and Markeith Dokes (400) finished on top. In the 400 relay, Palm Beach Gardens edged Dwyer's 'B' team.
The Dwyer girls grabbed their sixth conference championship in seven years thanks to -- just like the boys -- depth. Their 189 points topped Palm Beach Lakes (174) and Suncoast (126).
"Lakes has the hurdlers, Suncoast has the sprinters, but I have everything," Dwyer coach Meisha Richards said.
Dwyer junior Keyanna Harris went top-three in four events and won the 400 in 59.98. Teammate Cori Bond took the triple jump.
Palm Beach Lakes was boosted by Xana Dove (shot put, discus), Justice Evers (long jump) and its 1,600 relay.
In two matchups to watch for the county championships, Suncoast's Aluntrea Davis beat Dwyer's Shanice Pettigrew in the 100 (12.37 to 12.55) and the 200 (25.06 to 25.57). Suncoast junior Bianca Joseph topped Lakes' Gina Louis in both the 100 hurdles (15.12 to 15.48) and 300 hurdles (46.65 to 48.17). Davis also contributed to Suncoast's winning 400 relay (50.24).
Jupiter sophomore Courteney Zboyan was a triple winner, taking the 1,600 (5:21.09), blowing away the field in the 3,200 (11:35.97) and boosted a winning 3,200 relay (10:23.14).