Wakulla Middle Wildcats excel at meet

Boys 4x100m Team Jones, Callaghan, Porter, Norton.

By SAMANTHA ISAACS
Track Coach

The Wildcats are back on the track and ready to set the pace!
On Friday, Feb. 23rd, the WMS team traveled to the Jesse Forbes Invitational at Godby High School, where they let their presence be known!
Coach Samantha Isaacs says, “The first meet of the season is always a high-stress situation. It’s the first exposure for our new athletes and can be very overwhelming for them. For our seasoned athletes, the adrenaline is pumping full force as they hit that track ready to show off. It was an outstanding night, I couldn’t have asked for a better showcase to see where our kids stand and give them an idea of their room to improve. It’s going to be a fun season!”
The girls wrapped up in 6th place overall, with a few stand-out runners. 6th grader Javeyah Cohen took 16th in the 100m dash with 14 seconds.
LaTroya Williams, 8th grade, place 17th in the 800m run at 3:18.
Madison Bridges blew us away in the 100m hurdles with an outstanding time of 20 seconds, and took 5th overall. Madison also placed 4th overall in the Long Jump for girls with a 4.15m jump.
Makyia McGriff placed 11th in the 200m hurdles with a time of 39sec and 9th overall in the Long Jump with 3.87m.
Another new athlete to the team, 8th grader McKenna Peddicord placed 3rd overall in girls shotput with an impressive throw of 8.91m, which is just shy of qualification for the FLYRA State Meet by .09m.
Girls relay teams placed 4th for the 4x400m with a 5:19 finish for McKey Nunn, LaTroya Williams, Claire Blackwell, and Sophia Stolk. The 4x800m relay placed 6th with Nikayla Fruggiero, Jordan Harris, LaTroya Williams, and Sophia Stolk.
Per our usual, we have a group of 8th grade boys who are going to blow it out of the water this year. Boys took 7th place overall and had some outstanding results.
Returning athlete and state qualifier Trace Callaghan hit a few state marks last night. With an impressive time of 24 seconds, Trace left the competition in the dust in the boys 200m individual. He shattered the record for our school and will take that time to state in May. Trace also made the mark for the boys triple jump at 10.7m, coming in 2nd overall.
Holden Stroud finished with 29.59 in the boys 200m, 10th overall in boys discus with a 20.43m throw, and 12th overall in the 100m hurdles at 19.39sec.
7th grader Demitris Norton placed 13th overall in the boys 400m with a 1:02. We expect to see some great things out of Norton this season as he’s led by his 8th grade teammates to be better.
Kyler Jones, 8th grade, placed 12th overall in long jump at 4.7m.
Liam Porter also placed in Long Jump, 10th place, with a 4.85m jump.
Boys 4x100m relay team once again shows up to show off with Trace Callaghan, Kyler Jones, Demitris Norton, and Liam Porter pulling in 4th place with a state qualifying time of 49 seconds.
In case we haven’t seen their names enough, Trace Callaghan, Kyler Jones, Demitris Norton, and Liam Porter put themselves back on the track for the 4x400m relay, and left everyone slack-jawed with a 4:06 finishing time and coming in 1st overall.
Come see the Wildcats in action yourself on March 5th at Wakulla High School and show them some love as they keep pushing themselves to the best version they can be.