The Bell High School Runnin’ Bulldogs Girls and Boys Track and Field Team competed in the 2016 FHSAA 1A District 5 Track Meet at Oak Hall High School on Wednesday, April 20th. Out of 14 district teams, both girls and boys teams finished in third place behind track powerhouses P.K. Younge and Oak Hall. Bell teams finished over district teams Lafayette, Chiefland, Trenton, St. Francis, Seven Rivers Christian, Cedar Key, Branford, Bronson, Wildwood, Hawthorne, and Cornerstone Academy. The Bulldogs sent 34 athletes to districts and many of them received their best times and distances of the year. 14 Bell athletes qualified to go to the Regional Track Meet in Clearwater and 11 BHS school track records were broken. The following Bulldog athletes qualified for track regionals:
Kerrisa Grieves – 100 Meter Dash – 12.94 seconds (school record) and 200 Meter Dash – 26.88 seconds
Clinton Emrich – 110 Meter Hurdles – 16.66 seconds (1st Place) 300 Meter Hurdles – 43.19 seconds (1st Place)
Jhonny Zuniga – 1600 Meter Run – 4 minutes, 46.70 seconds (school record)
Tori Lea – Long Jump – 15 feet, 6.5 inches (school record)
Ian Townsend – 3200 Meter Run – 10 minutes, 48.75 seconds
Austin Spears – Triple Jump - 39 feet, 11 inches
Kassidy Lander – Discus Throw – 93 feet, 07 inches
Reese Rankin, Devin Townsend, Ian Townsend, Jhonny Zuniga – 4x800 Meter Relay – 8 minutes, 49.81 seconds (school record)
Tori Lea, Marsha Ovwigho, Melonie Piechocki, Savana Thomas – 4x400 Meter Relay- 4 minutes, 33.62 seconds (school record)
Clinton Emrich, Dylan Reid, Devin Townsend, Tony Yoder – 4x400 Meter Relay - 3 minutes, 42.89 seconds
The following athletes broke BHS school records in their events:
Marsha Ovwigho – 400 Meter Dash – 1 minute, 6.36 seconds (preliminaries)
Kerrisa Grieves – 200 Meter Dash – 26.65 seconds (preliminaries)
Clinton Emrich – 110 Meter Hurdles – 16.49 seconds (preliminaries)
Savana Thomas – 300 Meter Hurdles – 52.21 seconds (finals, 6th place)
Susannah Gray – 800 Meter Run – 2 minutes, 38.44 seconds (finals, 6th place)
Susannah Gray, Melonie Piechocki, Savana Thomas, Ana Valdez – 4x800 Meter Relay – 11 minutes, 25.65 seconds (finals, 6th place)
It has been a terrific season for the Runnin’ Bulldogs this year.
Devin Townsend was also honored by TV 20 Sports for receiving the Scholar Athlete of the Week during the week of districts.
The third place finish was especially sweet for the Lady Bulldogs Girls team, who only had 11 girls on the team!
“This was a great regular season finish for our team”, said head coach Brad Surrency. “For our girls to finish third with only eleven girls is phenomenal. All 45 of our kids did awesome this year and I feel really great about our chances at regionals.”
Assistant coaches Jason Surrency and Quentin Hudson were a big help with getting the Bulldogs ready for the season and Coach Brad Surrency is especially thankful for their hard work. Regionals will be held at the Clearwater Christian Academy Track Complex in Clearwater on Thursday, April 28th and from there on to the State Track Meet in Bradenton. For more scores and highlights, go to floridarunners.com. Go Bulldogs!