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NAPLES — The Northside Christian girls arrived Thursday wearing shirts that said, “Anything is possible for those who believe.”
And in the second-biggest meet of the season, the Mustangs made believers of the rest of the field with a dominating performance.
Victoria Goodwin and Asia Olds led the way with multiple wins as the Mustangs won the Class A-3 region meet Thursday afternoon at Seacrest Country Day School with 131 points, 60 points better than runnerup Evangelical Christian.
The top four finishers in each event advance to the state finals April 29 in Winter Haven.
Northside had eight event winners Thursday.
“We started off strong in the field events, and that helped us dominate the meet,” Northside coach Jeff Goodwin said. “I’m proud of all our girls. It was important to score in as many event as possible. I’ve told a lot of these girls for six years every point counts. It was a total team effort out there. We were blessed to have a lot of firepower.”
Olds won the long jump (18 feet) and 200 meters (25.77 seconds). Goodwin also won twice — the 100 hurdles at 15.89 and the 300 hurdles at 47.27.
“I was determined not to let anything distract me when doing the long jump, because I didn’t qualify for state in it last year,” Olds said. “I needed to stay focused out there, especially after making a few scratches.
“I got a little lucky. In the 200, I stayed relaxed, because if you stiffen up, the competition might catch you. I was focused on staying relaxed in the 200 and finishing strong.”
Thursday’s performance by the Mustangs was par for the season.
“Everyone has worked hard, and we owe a lot of that to our coach,” Olds said. “He pushed us all year and made sure we’ve worked hard.”
Other winners for the Mustangs were Jessica Artille in the pole vault and Jennica Mullins in high jump. The Mustangs also won the 400 and 3,200 relays.
Other girls champions from the area included Admiral Farragut’s Destini Oglesby in the shot put and Canterbury’s Emily Edwards in the 800 and 1,600.
Admiral Farragut won the boys meet with two firsts. David Dang (6-02) won the high jump and Rayshawn Jenkins won the 110 hurdles (14.23). Farragut had 88 team points, squeaking past Northside Christian (85).
“We came up a little short in the boys meet, but our distance runners helped us do as well as we did,” Goodwin said. “The 800 was a big point winner for us. We didn’t have a lot of firsts, but we have good depth in many events.”
Mario Ojeda won the 800 (1:58.08) and Beaush Feaster won the pole vault for Northside (13-0). The Mustangs also won the 3,200 relay.