TITUSVILLE — Jamaree Ried’s first race at the Class 2A, Region 3 championships didn’t go as planned.
He finished eighth.
His second couldn’t have gone any better.
The Anclote junior, still fuming over his finish in the 110 hurdles, directed his energy toward the 300 hurdles Thursday and came away with a wide grin and his first trip to the state meet.
Ried didn’t win, but he finished second behind nationally ranked hurdler Tim “T.J.” Holmes of Lakewood, posting a career-best 40.67.
The top four finishers in each event at Titusville Astronaut High School advanced to next week’s state meet in Jacksonville.
“I was racing for second,” said Ried, probably still wearing his postrace smile this morning. “I didn’t like what I did in the 110. I was angry. So I decided to save my anger for the next race.”
Ried, who came into the meet with the fourth-best time, was just one of the highlights for the Sharks, who also got a winning performance in the high jump from freshman Emily Gauvey and a second-place finish in the 1,600 from senior Spencer Guerette.
Gauvey topped defending state champion Courtney Prengaman of Wesley Chapel for the second straight week, going a career-best 5-6. Prengaman jumped 5-2, but was content just to advance.
At last week’s district meet, Gauvey also jumped 5-6, after a season of 5-2 jumps, to the beat the Wildcat jumper.
“She’s been up there in practice, but we knew she was ready to do it in a meet,” said coach Zack Stoutimore, who said his young jumper is shooting for 5-8 next week.
Guerette, his 6-foot-6 frame making him a giant among the other runners, ran his race in 4:27. He has been faster, but his goal Thursday was to live to race another day.
“The goal is to place in the top four,” the district champ said. “I felt safe, but it was a little bit too close for my liking. I don’t like having people in front of me.”
Guerette, fourth in the 1,600 at state last year, will return to Jacksonville. He’ll be taking a happy Ried with him, who last year didn’t get out of prelims at regionals.
“I told Spencer when we were here last year that next year, we’re both going to state,” said Ried. “That was my goal all season. And I did it.”
2A-2: Nature Coast boys shine
Nature Coast’s boys team claimed a region title in the 4x100 relay, and Pasco star Janarion Grant added another long jump crown to highlight the North Suncoast’s day at the Class 2A, Region 2 meet at Jacksonville Bolles.
Georgia Southern football signee Matt Breida took third in the 100 meters (10.92 seconds) in one of the top individual performances for the Sharks, who finished sixth as a team with 40 points— 37.5 behind first-place Lake Nona.
NCT teammate Frank Sampson was third in the triple jump. Frank Villaizan qualified for next Saturday’s 2A state meet at the North Florida by 0.02 of a second after finishing fourth in the 200 (22.75).
Nature Coast also took fourth in the boys and girls 4x800 relays.
Grant was the North Suncoast’s only individual region champion. The Rutgers-bound wide receiver won the long jump (23 feet, 8.5 inches). Grant has won the Class 2A state meet in that event the past two years.
He’ll be joined at state by Pirates teammates RJ Scaife (third, shot put), Lanashia Pope (discus), the boys 4x100 team and freshman Alfreda Steele, who raced to a second-place finish in the 100 (12.06).
Gulf senior Nick Buliga had a strong day, with a runnerup finish in the 1,600 (4:29.37) and a third-place showing in the 3,200 (10:07.19). His school’s girls 4x800 team (Katie Buckman, Renee Patnode, Eliza Gazda, Mia Savino) finished runnerup.
Ridgewood advanced pole vaulters Alyssa Worsham (third, 9-0) and Brian Swanson (third, 12-6).
Hudson’s Ashley Dugan took second in the long jump, and Hernando has three girls moving on: Lauren Plaugher (discus), Ebone Plummer (shot put) and Jasha Patrick (400).
Nature Coast and Pasco tied for seventh in the girls standings with 26 points — 84 behind champion Lake Highland Prep.
A-3: Bishop jumper Baumrucker advances
Bishop McLaughlin’s Camille Baumrucker placed second in the triple jump at the Class A, Region 3 meet at Shorecrest with a leap of 34 feet. She was fourth in the long jump (16-1). The Hurricanes girls finished with 21 points overall.
Staff writer Matt Baker contributed to this report.