PENSACOLA— Rainy and windy weather greeted competitors at Friday's District 1-3A track and field meet at Booker T. Washington High School.
Conditions were tough for the most experienced track athletes, but for a young Crestview High School squad amid a rebuilding year, things were especially tough.
The Bulldogs finished 10th out of 14 teams in the girls meet with 21 points. Crestview boys finished in 13th place with 17 points. Pine Forest won the girls and boys meets.
Two Crestview senior girls qualified for Thursday's region 1-3A meet at Tallahassee Chiles. Kerrie York took third in the high jump, going 4-feet-10 inches. Jasmine Horne was fourth in the long jump with a leap of 16-3.
Jaylynne Robinson narrowly missed qualifying in the boys 100-meter as he finished in fifth place.
Results didn’t surprise Bulldog track and field coach Ernie Martin.
"We are not very senior-laden this year," he said. We had six senior track athletes this year, and that's boys and girls. I was really lower-grade heavy this year.
"I had a lot of ninth- and 10th-graders out. Hopefully, we will be able to keep them out so we can keep building our program. We kind of had a down cycle on the older kids."
Martin — who was pleased that York and Horne qualified for the regional meet — said he was expecting big things from them.
"Last year we only carried one to regional, and this year we are taking two," he said. "That's a small gain and I understand that, but we are improving."
Earlier this month, the Bulldog junior varsity track teams made a strong showing at the Okaloosa County meet with Crestview winning the girls and taking second in the boys.
"That kind of gives you an idea of where our strength lies in our numbers for the future," Martin said. "We should be highly competitive in the varsity ranks for years to come.
"It was kind of down this year, but hopefully this time next year we will be loading up a charter bus and taking quite a few to the regional meet. We are looking for great things to come out of this in the future. The future looks bright for track at Crestview High."
Crestview District 1-3A track and field results
Top eight placed, top four qualified for region
3. Kerrie York, 4-10
4. Jasmine Horne, 16-02
5. Allison Ammons, 5:34.83
8. Zuleika Medina, 1:03.8
7. Allison Ammons, 12:49.67
5. Jaylynne Robinson, 11.27
8. Malique Studevan, 11.79
6. Joe Printy, 4:38.97
8. Crestview, 45.65
BakerSchool at Region 1-1A meet at Bishop Snyder, Jacksonville
Baker School’s track and field team traveled to Bishop Snyder on Thursday for the regional meet.
Baker's girls finished in seventh place with 35.5 points. Baker boys finished 15th with 19.5 points.
Each event’s top eight finishers scored, and the top four advance to Friday's state meet at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.
5. Kaitlin Herrring, 4-08
4. Cassidy Anderson, 16-03.25
2. Cassidy Anderson, 34-01.25
5. Paige Miller, 32-00
8. Mykala McCranie, 90-10
7. Eileen Brown, 33-02
8. Baker: Tressie Adams, Anastasia Scott, Alexandrea Hayden, Olivia Hurely, 12:55.65
7. Baker: Brittany Anderson, Natalie Booker, Kali Havens, Jessica Black, 54.35
5. Cassidy Anderson, 1:00.57
8. Paige Miller, 1:05.08
6. Cassidy Anderson, 27.23
5. Jon Beck, 5-10
6. Stephen Shaw, 41-02.5
4. Baker: Dylan Scott, Wilder Kersey, Richard Stroheker, Malcolm Griffith, 8:44.34
7. Dylan Wadsworth, 16.83
4. Dylan Scott, 4:31.81
8. Dylan Wadsworth, 45.12
Randy Dickson is the Crestview News Bulletin’s sports editor. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, tweet him @BigRandle, or call 682-6524.