NAPLES — Northside Christian's Victoria Goodwin is just a sophomore and already has five state track and field medals. All were earned as a member of a relay team, none as an individual.
All of that could change.
At Thursday's Class A, Region 3 meet at Community School, Goodwin earned top honors and set personal bests in the triple jump, 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles.
And she did it injured. Goodwin strained a groin muscle while competing in the 100 hurdles at last week's district meet. She didn't practice at all in the days leading up to regionals.
"Unbelievable," said Mustangs coach Jeff Goodwin, also Victoria's father. "I didn't expect this."
But it was the last event of the night that proved sweetest for the Goodwins and Northside. Just like last year, the Mustangs trailed Community School by five points going into the last event, the 4x400-meter relay.
And just like last year, the Mustangs prevailed, capturing second and taking home the team title. Northside ended up with 103 points to the Seahawks' 100.
Aiding the Mustangs in their effort were victories in the 100 and 200 by Asia Olds, also a sophomore.
Four years ago, the Mustangs had eight members combined on their boys and girls team. This season, they have 70.
On the boys side, Admiral Farragut repeated as team champion, led by Rayshawn Jenkins' win in the 110-meter hurdles. Donovan Erbe earned another victory for Farragut in the pole vault.
"Rayshawn looked great," said Farragut coach Phil Barnhill. "He should be great for the state championships."
Athletes who finished among the top four in each event advanced to state.
Keswick Christian coach Fred Meinke was ecstatic about the performance of his thrower, Tori Halle. The senior won both the discus and shot put, setting a personal best in the discus by more than 8 feet.
"Tori had an amazing day," Meinke said. "She exceeds expectations every time she goes out."
Defending 300-meter hurdles state champion Pierce Hutcheson of Calvary Christian also won.
"We're real thrilled about his performance," said Greg Thiel, Calvary's coach. "He really wants to defend his title."