Tigers race past competition at Class 1A regional track meet

Giana Gayles, Elizabeth Bacon both qualify for state meet in 4 events


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Holy Trinity junior Giana Gayles won the 100-meter hurdles, the 200 and the long jump at last week's regional meet. She was also part of the winning 4x100 relay team.

VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala

Talk about dominating a track meet.

The Holy Trinity girls took first place in seven different events and outscored their closest competitor in the team standings by nearly 100 points at their Class 1A regional meet last week at First Academy in Orlando.

Junior Giana Gayles had a monster day, winning the 100-meter hurdles (14.80), the 200 (25.94) and the long jump (17-4). She was also part of the winning 4x100 relay team (48.62), which will be looking for its fifth consecutive state championship Friday and Saturday at IMG Academy Stadium in Bradenton.

Junior Samantha Folio won the 1,600 in a time of 5:25.91, finished fourth in the 3,200 (12:22.76) and was part of the winning 4x800 relay along with senior Sydney Smith, junior Mackenzie Wills and senior Shelby Smith (9:59.24).

Senior Taya Britten also had a big day, winning the triple jump (35-3) and placing second in the 100 hurdles (15:80). She was also part of the winning 4x100 relay team along with Giana Gayles, senior Alisha Pound and junior Elizabeth Bacon.

The Tigers swept the top four spots in the 100 hurdles with Giana Gayles, Britten, Bacon (15:83) and eighth-grader Lauryn Gayles (16:33) all qualifying for the state meet.

In other events, Pound was second in the 100 (12.78), junior Paris Wiechecki Vergara finished third in the discus (100-10), senior Asha Walker placed fourth in the shot put (29-8 ½), Lauren Gayles was fourth in the long jump (16-4 ½) and eighth grader Jaeda Stewart was fourth in the 400 (1:02.93).

Additionally, Holy Trinity’s 4x400 relay team (Sydney Smith, Stewart, Bacon and Shelby Smith) finished second in 4:10.48.

On the boys side, sophomore Jashaun Corbin finished second in the 100 (11.18), senior Jalen Olomu-Brown took second in the long jump (21-6) and the 4x100 relay team of senior Tay Griffin, Olomu-Brown, freshman Avi Sharma and Corbin finished first with a time of 43.49.