Expectations high for Gators at state track meet

Baker Track

Ten Baker School athletes will be in Jacksonville for Friday's Class 1A state track and field meet at the University of North Florida. Gators going to state are Kaitlin Herring, Maya Espinosa, Paige Miller, Dylan Scott, Malcolm Griffith, Wilder Kersey, Richard Stroheker, Jon Beck, Justin Shaw and alternate Brandon Engler.

RANDY DICKSON / News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 06:08 PM.

BAKER — Nine Baker School track and field athletes will bid for state honors Friday, when they travel to the Class 1A state track meet at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.

It's the fourth consecutive state trip for Baker boys' 4-by-800-meter relay team of Dylan Scott, Malcom Griffith, Wilder Kersey and Richard Stroheker.

High jumper Jon Beck, triple jumper Justin Shaw, girls high jumper/long jumper Kaitlin Herring, girls triple jumper Paige Miller and girls 1,600-meter/3,200-meter runner Maya Espinosa, a sixth-grader, will join them. Scott also will compete in the boys 1,600 and 3,200.

Gator Coach David Oglesby hopes for big things from all his athletes, but especially for his veteran relay team.

"This 4-by-8 team has been together since they were in the seventh grade and they are all seniors," he said. "My prayer is they will get on the podium (finish in the top eight) this year. They were one place out of it last year."

Kersey, a multi-sport standout at Baker representing the Gators one last time, echoed Oglesby's sentiments.

"I expect us to get on the podium — without a doubt," he said. We have been working ourselves so hard — pushing ourselves so hard. Coach has been pushing us to the limit.

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