There seems to have been a misunderstanding regarding Northside Christian’s timetable.
The Mustangs were supposed to contend for a top-five finish at the girls state track meet next season. This year was supposed to be a write off while Northside incorporated plenty of new faces in the lineup to fill in the gaps left by the graduation of four strong athletes.
But the newcomers have become so good, so quickly, that the Mustangs have not suffered much of a dropoff. They won conference, district and region titles, much like they did a year ago.
“We have a long-range plan with the team,” Northside Christian coach Jeff Goodwin said. “But the young girls have stepped up. I’ve been surprised that they’ve developed into big scorers this fast.”
The Mustangs are led by three sophomores: Katelyn Greenleaf, Victoria Goodwin and Asia Olds. Olds, a sprinter, won the 100 and 200 meters at last week’s region meet. Greenleaf, a distance specialist, placed in the top three in the 1,600 and 3,200. And Goodwin won the triple jump, 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles.
Admiral Farragut is the county’s top boys team in Class A. The Blue Jackets’ Rayshawn Jenkins (110 hurdles) and Donovan Erbe (pole vault) are title contenders in their individual events. Also watch for Calvary Christian’s Pierce Hutcheson, the defending state champion in the 300 hurdles who is the top seed in his signature event.
Clearwater Central Catholic’s Lindsay Cooper is seeded among the top three in the 400. She is one of only two county athletes who qualified in Class 2A.
Format: Field events start at 1 p.m., running finals at 6:30. Trophies go to the team champion and runnerup. Medallions are awarded to the top eight individuals and relay teams.
When/where: Class A, Friday; Class 2A, Saturday. Showalter Field, Winter Park
Directions: Take Interstate 275 to Interstate 4; exit at Fairbanks and head east. Follow through Winter Park (road name changes to Aloma) to light at Lakemont Avenue. Right on Lakemont, pass Winter Park Hospital and left at next light (Mizell Avenue). Right on Perth (just past Wellness Center). Follow Perth through Ward Park to Showalter parking lot at the far end on the right.
Class A local boy qualifiers: Admiral Farragut: Blake Arnold (1,600), David Dang (high jump), Donovan Erbe (pole vault), Cortavius Givens (100), Rayshawn Jenkins (long jump, 110 hurdles, 300 hurdles), Gem Runyan (pole vault); Calvary Christian: Pierce Hutcheson (110 hurdles, 300 hurdles); Indian Rocks Christian: Sean Harvey (shot put), Matt Little (100), Brent Montzka (800), Joel Rhine (discus), 4x100, 4x400; Keswick Christian: Jon Kistemaker (pole vault); Northside Christian: Jeffrey Golden (triple jump), Matthew Montanari (1,600), Mario Ojeda (1,600), Will Scott (high jump, 200), Grant Rideout (pole vault), Jimmy Van Deilan (400), 4x800; Shorecrest: Philip Tylman (400), 4x400, 4x800.
Class A girl qualifiers: Admiral Farragut: Destini Ogelsby (discus, shot put); Calvary Christian: Logan Thiel (300 hurdles); Keswick Christian: Tori Halle (discus, shot put), Kathleen McGuire (high jump), Hannah Palm (400), 4x100, 4x400, 4x800; Northside Christian: Victoria Goodwin (triple jump, 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles), Katelyn Greenleaf (1,600, 3,200), Jennica Mullins (high jump), Asia Olds (100, 200), Sarah Schultz (triple jump), 4x400, 4x800; Shorecrest: Jenn Casey (100 hurdles), Stephanie Gomes (shot put), 4x100
Class 2A girl qualifiers: Clearwater Central Catholic: Lindsey Cooper (400); St. Petersburg Catholic: Morgan Paul (long jump)
At stake: The top four in each event advance to next week’s state meet.
When/where: Thursday, Punta Gorda Charlotte.
County teams: Boca Ciega, Dixie Hollins, Dunedin, Gibbs, Lakewood, Largo, Osceola, Seminole, Tarpon Springs
When/where: Thursday, Wharton
County teams: Clearwater, Countryside, East Lake, Northeast, Palm Harbor University, Pinellas Park, St. Petersburg