Numbers few, but Charter qualifiers ready for County Championships

On Saturday morning the best middle school competitors will battle in the Collier County Middle School Track and Field championships at Golden Gate High School.

The meet begins at 9 a.m. Every event pits the top four finishers in every event from the North and South county meets last Saturday.

The MICMS Eagles traveled to Lely High School to compete in the CCAC South County meet. This meet included Gulfview, East Naples, Golden Gate, Manatee and the Eagles.

Our numbers showed when it came to depth, while competing against some very tough competition.

In the end only two Eagles from the boys team advanced.

Tanner Fulcher finished in the top four in the 1600 and 3200 meter runs. Patrick Michel qualified in a very quick 200, finishing fourth. The boys competition was very strong and some really good performances by runners and throwers from several schools failed to qualify. The boys finished the season as Sunshine Athletic Conference Champions and had a very nice track season.

The girls team went in to the meet off of a super showing in the Sunshine Conference meet, but with the larger schools they still came in second overall.

Rosie Poling and Jen Carter started the girls off with an outstanding 3200 meter runs. Lindsay Tomaini of Gulfview is the reigning county cross country champ from last fall and an awesome runner. All three girls stayed together through the first three laps.

In the final four laps, Poling and Tomaini swapped the lead and were right together with 100 meters to go. As all the Eagles cheered her on, Poling took the lead and went on for the win. Carter finished third as both advanced to the finals.

Poling also advanced with another win in the 800 meter run, with the Eagles Christy Thorstenson who ran to fourth to qualify for the finals.

The 400 meter race was expected to be tight and it did not disappoint. Thorstenson and Lauren Hanscom have been among the class of the county all season.

Thorstenson broke her own school record in the first heat in a time of 1:04.21, actually finishing second to Gulfview’s Lindsay Tomaini. In the second heat Hanscom took the lead and never looked back in breaking Thorstenson’s record with a time of 1:04.12 They all will battle for the title on Saturday.

In the 1600 meter race, a very tired Rosie Poling and Jen Carter took to the track. They pulled out one last effort and finished in the top four with Carter third and Poling fourth. It was a real testament to the girls resolve as they both ran the 800 and 3200 meter races before the event.

The 4x100 relay team and 4x400 relays both qualified. Others qualifying for the finals were Samantha Jennings, Taylor Fetzer, Lexie Lundquist, Ashley Schneller and Morgan Burke.

In all, there are eight girls and two boys competing.

Saturday’s events should be outstanding, with he best-of-the-best meeting head-to-head.

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