The Holy Trinity Tigers have some track and field athletes that will bear watching now and for years
“In the five years I’ve been head coach, and probably in the decade I’ve been here as a coach, this is the youngest we’ve been,” Holy Trinity’s Marc Bailey said. “Our better athletes are eighth graders and freshmen. … We’re really young. I’m not calling it a rebuilding thing because we have some seniors that work hard and are going to do well.”
The Class 1, Region 2 meet is set for May 1 at Oak Hall High School in Gainesville. The state championship meet is scheduled for May 7 at the University of North Florida.
Freshman Maya Collins, ranked No. 1 in the state in Class 1A in the 100- and 200-meter sprints, is expected to make it to North Florida. She recently won district championships in both events. Eighth-grader Jadeyn Webb was second in the 100 and third in the 200.
Alinah Sarratt should be a strong candidate to get to state in at least two events. The freshman finished second in the 400 at the district meet and was part of a winning 4x800 relay team that included freshman Sophia Weiner, senior Isabella Weiner and junior Julia McNatt.
The boys 4x800 relay team of senior Matthew Allen, senior Ty Johnson, eighth-grader Skyler Jensen and freshman Garrett Tinker is expected to reach the state meet.
Individually, junior Jonathan Bailey has a chance to go in the sprints and the long jump.
“My year’s going pretty well right now,” Jonathan Bailey said prior to the district meet.
“Each track meet, I’ve gotten (personal records), and I just keep improving in everything.”
Bailey, who has run 10.97 seconds in the 100, 22.9 in the 200 and long-jumped 20 feet, 6 inches has his sights set on continuing to improve. His goals by the end of the season are a 10.8 in the 100, 22.1 in the 200 and a 22-foot long jump.
As for the state meet, his goal is to finish in the top eight in each of his events.
Collins, meanwhile, is hoping to lower her best time in the 100 (12.29) to 12.0 and to go from 25.51 to under 25.00 in the 200.
She’s confident about her chances at the state meet.
“I think I’m going to do pretty well,” she said. “I’m running against some really good competition. There’s a lot of girls that are really fast.
“I’m just going to go out and try and have a really good race and work on the stuff that we’ve been working on in practice and try to have some good form and run a good race.”