The Spalding girls and boys track teams qualified several athletes for today’s track finals and the state field events, despite cold and windy conditions at the track. Today’s track finals will be held at 5 p.m. at Woodward.
In the remaining field events, Dominique Nock — who qualified for state Saturday in the triple jump — was the region champ in the long jump at 17’ 7 1/2” while Stanariel “Bookie” Phinazee set a school-record in the high jump at 5 ft. even (the previous record was 4’10), qualifying her for state.
Grenisha Daniels also qualified with a 4’10 mark in the high jump. Shakeva Richards gave a good effort but did not qualify for state in the shot put, finishing third.
On the boys side, Zae Fuller qualified for state with a 43’5 in the triple jump. Fuller also finished third in the long jump (19’9) and Montae Williams finished third in the discus at 131 feet.
In the girls track events, Phinazee qualified for today’s finals with a 59.03 in the 400 meter run for first place while Grenisha Daniels finished 8th with a time of 1:03.94. Nock placed 5th in the 100 meter dash with a 12.95.
The biggest news of the evening was that the Spalding girls 4x1 relay team was disqualified for the finals.
“Dominique didn’t stop after her handoff and that hurt the girls,” said girls head coach Dolores Owen. “I’m so sad about that.”
Also, Jenna Wesley — who qualified for state in the 1600 Saturday — qualified for the finals in the 800 meter run, running a time of 2:25.93 for first place. Emily Kaufman didn’t qualify in the 800, finishing at 2:48.31.
On the boys track events, Spalding’s Dwight Allison qualified for the 110 m hurdles finals, running a time of 15.87 and the boys 4x100 relay team of Zae Fuller, Sport Browning, Derrick Akine and Zay Sharp qualified for the finals with a time of 44.1.