LAKELAND -- The George Jenkins boys and girls track teams each captured team titles at the 2020 Lakeland Track and Field City Meet on Thursday at George Jenkins' Veterans Stadium.
The Jenkins boys needed to fend off Kathleen as they finished with 124 points, just 19 points ahead of the Red Devils (105).
George Jenkins got wins in familiar events but not by familiar names. Instead of Tyson Williams and Damarcus Sneed dominating the hurdles, De'Marea Johnson won the 100-meter hurdles in 16.27 and Marquis Jean won the 300 hurdles in 41.72.
The Eagles also swept the top three spots in the pole vault led by Kyle Murawski’s vault of 12 feet 10.75 inches.
"I am very excited; we ran a lot of our young guys today," George Jenkins coach Brian Robichaud said. "I’m excited at how a lot of our young kids ran today, and that we were still able to come out of here with the win. We are deep. We have around 60 kids. I am glad to give our young runners the opportunity to compete."
The George Jenkins girls an easier time winning as they finished with 190 points, 50 point head of runner-up Kathleen.
The Eagles picked up wins by Alicia Ruiz in the 1,600 (5:05.81), Viktorya Manno in the 800 (2:35.96) and Anna Sentner in the 3,200 (11:32.69).
"I use this meet as training for some of your top girls," George Jenkins girls coach Dale Meskimen said. "Also I use it as an opportunity for our younger girls to run. For instance, today, I didn’t run any of my top relays. I like the way our girls are coming along and where we are at this point in the season."
McKeel’s Chelsi Williams was a three-time winner taking the long jump (16-6), triple jump (35-6.75) and the 100 Hurdles (15.38).
Lakeland’s Arian Smith was a three-time winner capturing the 100 (10.84), 200 (21.99) and long jump (23-1.75).
Kathleen’s I’Asia Wilson won the 100, 200 and 400, and she ran the first leg on the Red Devils’ 4x400 team.