Golden Gate’s Mirline Cherisme knows all about hard work.
The senior grew up watching her mother, Gerri Louima, a nurse, work two jobs. Besides school, Cherisme currently works two jobs herself as a cashier and a server. The busy schedules limit mother-daughter time.
However, Loiuma was able to take a day off on Friday to watch her daughter win three individual events plus run a leg on the Titans’ victorious 4x100-meter relay team at the Class 2A-District 11 track and field championships at Golden Gate.
Cherisme and teammate Darlene Charles led Golden Gate to a third-place finish, behind winner Dunbar and runner-up Lemon Bay in the girls competition.
After crossing the finish line first in the 300-meter hurdles, Cherisme was greeted by a competitor from Gateway Charter.
“You’re amazing,” she told Cherisme.
Amazing — and tired — was an apt description of Cherisme on Friday. She started the day by winning the triple jump with a personal best mark of 37-feet, 1-inch. Cherisme then went on to capture the 100 hurdles for the third consecutive year before helping the Titans win the 4x100.
“This is a heck of a way to go out,” said Cherisme of the final district meet of her career. “I’m tired after competing in four events. I’ll be competing in all four at regionals. I’ll be tired the whole time, but I’ll pull through.
“This is my last year, so these things must be done.”
Titans coach Jordan Erickson was impressed with his star athlete.
“What Mirline did today is very difficult,” Erickson said. “She was definitely drained in the 300 hurdles. This past week in practice, Mirline gave the best effort she has all year.
The top four finishers in each event advanced to Thursday’s regional meet at Astronaut High in Titusville.
Charles also advanced in four events for Golden Gate. The freshman placed second in the 100 and the long jump before winning the 200. She also ran a leg on the Titans 4x100 squad along with Jenny Herrard, Sabrina Lormeus and Cherisme.
Erickson said the plans are to enter Cherisme and Charles in all four of their events at regionals, rather than limit them to two or three to conserve energy and strength.
“They’d both kill me if I tried to take them out of any event,” he said. “These girls are competitors.”
On the boys side, Immokalee’s Leonel Delacruz gave the Indians a slight lead over Dunbar by repeating as the district titlist in the 3,200 meters — the second-to-last event of the day. The Immokalee boys nailed down the team title for the second straight year when they crushed the competition in the 4x400 relay.
The Indians, led by multiple-event winners J.C. Jackson (long jump and 200), Mackensie Alexander (100 and 400) and Delacruz (1,600 and 3,200), totaled 177 points, 13 more than second-place Dunbar.
“I’m the luckiest coach here,” Indians coach John Thomas said. “To have kids take on what you’re saying and perform is special. We’re always here to compete. We try to win every event we can.”
Other Immokalee winners included Deadrin Senat in the shot put and Jummy Victorin (high jump).
Other area athletes advancing to regionals were Immokalee’s Anita Munoz (1,600 and 3,200) and Destiny Christopher (100) and the Titans’ Herrard (triple jump).
On the boys side, Immokalee’s Dudsen Senatus (200), Jevon Alberique (300 hurdles), Rafael Martinez (110 hurdles), and Senat (discus) will compete on Thursday along with Alejandro Pedraza (1,600 and 3,200), Alex Torres (high jump), Taylor Anderson (triple jump), and Matthew Octave (triple jump).
Class 2A-District 11 Meet
at Golden Gate High School
1. Dunbar 137, 2. Lemon Bay 125, 3. Golden Gate 93, 4. Gateway Charter 56, 5. Immokalee 46, 6 Clewiston 45, 6. Mariner 45, 8. LaBelle 39, 9. Bishop Verot 32
Individual (Winner and local qualifiers)
100 hurdles — 1. Mirline Cherisme (GG); 100 — 1. Ta’Quoya Jones (Dun), 2. Darlene Charles (GG), 4. Destiny Christopher (Imm); 1,600 — 1. Abigayle Weinfeld (LB), 3. Anita Munoz (IMM); 4x100 relay — 1. Golden Gate (Cherisme, Lormeus, Herrard, Charles); 400 — 1. Sierra King (GC); 300 hurdles — 1. Mirline Cherisme (GG); 800 — 1. Nicole Mis (LB); 200 — 1. Darlene Charles (GG); 3,200 — 1. Abigayle Weinfeld (LB), 2. Anita Munoz (IMM); 4x400 — 1. Gateway Charter, 2. Immokalee (Christopher, Lasane, Jocelin, Romelus); 4x800 — 1. Lemon Bay; Long jump — 1. Ta’Quoya Jones (Dun), 3. Darlene Charles (GG); High jump — 1. Ocie Flowers (LB); Triple jump — 1. Mirline Cherisme (GG), 4. Jenny Herrard (GG); Shot put — 1. Johnetta Williams (Dun); Discus — 1. Johnetta Williams (Dun).
1. Immokalee 177, 2. Dunbar 164, 3. Mariner 66, 4. Bishop Verot 60, 5. Golden Gate 54, 6. LaBelle 39, 7. Lemon Bay 33, 8. Gateway Charter 32, 9. Clewiston 26.
Individual (Winner and local qualifiers)
100 hurdles — 1. Raja Fanroy (Dun), 4. Rafael Martinez (IMM); 100 — 1. Mackenzie Alexander (IMM), 2. J.C. Jackson (Imm); 1,600 — 1. Leonel Delacruz (IMM), 2. Alejandro Pedraza (GG); 4x100 relay — 1. Dunbar, 4. Immokalee; 400 — 1. Mackenzie Alexander (IMM); 300 hurdles — 2. Jevon Alberique (IMM); 800 — 1. Shawn Hasten (Mar); 200 — 1. J.C. Jackson (Imm), 3. Dudsen Senatus (IMM): 3,200 — 1. Leonel Delacruz (IMM), 2. Alejandro Pedraza (GG); 4x400 — 1. Immokalee (Alexander, Jackson, Saint Preux, Alberique); 4x800 — 1. Immokalee (Saint Preux, Lara, Velasquez, Delacruz); Long jump — 1. J.C. Jackson (IMM); High jump — 1. Jummy Victorin (IMM), 4. Alex Torres (GG); Triple jump — 1. Johnelle Barnes (Dun), 2. Taylor Anderson (GG), 3. Matthew Octave (GG); Shot put — 1. Deadrin Senat (IMM), 4. Jummy Victorin (IMM); Discus — 1. Larry Bass (Dun), 2. Deadrin Senat (IMM).