JACKSONVILLE - Orange Park High School track performers Bria Goodson and Karl Barr made major marks Saturday at the prestigious Bob Hayes Track and Field Invitational with their best in the state of Florida wins in the 400 and long jump respectively.
Goodson blasted the competition in the girls 400 in a time of 54.71 to win decisively, which is the second best time in the United States in 2011. Goodson also took fourth in the girl’s long jump.
Barr made his mark with a 24-foot, 8-inch leap in the long jump to register the best jump in the state this year. Barr also ran the 100 in 10.92 to finish eighth.
Ridgeview’s Ryean Mastin was fifth in the long jump with a 22-foot-3-inch jump, while teammate and senior distance runner Kayla Vinson won the girls 1600 with a time of 5:30.05.
Orange Park’s Lauren Nygren finished 18th in the 800 and Ridgeview’s Alexandra Midgett 27th, while St. Johns Country Day School freshman Kelsey Stern took third with a 9-foot-6 jump in the girl’s pole vault. Ridgeview’s Ada Colon took fourth in girls high jump with a 4-foot-10 jump.
Oakleaf Junior High got individual wins from Earl Ituralde and T’Niyah Mitchell and their 4x400 boys and girls relay teams’ dominated the junior high portion of the meet.
In one other first place performance, Pinewood Christian long jumper Emma Millican came home with gold after a 15-feet-6- inch leap.
“Our relay teams broke both school records en route to big wins at such a big event,” Oakleaf track coach Mike Ford said. “We also got second in the 4x100 in just 1/100th of a second. For our two hurdlers, Earl and T’Niyah, running great in front of these athletes is a major accomplishment.”
Ituralde and Mitchell both won big in the 100 hurdles event with Ituralde winning with a time of 14.23 while teammate Tyrell Williams ran 14.50. Mitchell cruised in the girls 100 hurdles with a 17.48 split nearly 30 seconds in front of second place.
In the relays, Oakleaf’s girl’s team of Jasmine Barnett, Danyelle Duckworth, Saskia Smith and Albertha Cooper destroyed the field with a 4:26.78 with Fort Clarke Middle School a distant 4:34.10 for second place.
“What can you say about coming up with a big performance at the state’s biggest invitational,” Ford said. “We thought we could finish in the top three but this was an amazing run.”
For the boys 4x400, Juba McCray, Shamar Stanley, Ituralde and Jacob Dorvilus won by more than four seconds over James Weldon Johnson Middle School with a split of 3:52.29.