The Gulf Coast boys won their first district title in program history, while the Naples girls cruised to the 3A-12 trophy Adam Fisher, firstname.lastname@example.org; 239-403-6135
Watching his teammates celebrate a district championship on Monday night, Omar Sesay summed up what led the Gulf Coast High School boys track team to the title.
“We have depth,” Sesay said. “We might not have the fastest kid in every event, but we’re well-rounded.”
The Sharks won four events at the Class 3A-District 12 meet at Palmetto Ridge and sent athletes to regional in plenty of others. The Gulf Coast boys held off Naples to win their first district championship in program history.
On the girls side, Naples won eight of the 17 events and easily won the team title. Freshman Molie Jean Baptiste won three individual district championships for the Golden Eagles, while Jillian Dempsey won two.
Sesay, a four-year senior, won the 200 meters and was one of three individual winners for the Sharks. Gulf Coast finished with 162 points, while Naples was runner-up with 156.5 points.
“We’ve talked about this since we were freshmen,” Sesay said of winning district. “Since we started this season, we knew this was our goal. This is what we came to do. I’m glad we’re here right now.”
Sharks sophomore Hudson Jean won both hurdles titles, the 110 and 300. Gulf Coast racked up valuable team points in the hurdles. The Sharks placed four runners in the top seven in the 110 and three in the top eight in the 300.
“We just had to attack and make history,” Jean said.
Yeremi Tatis won the triple jump for Gulf Coast.
The Naples boys won six events, including three of the six field events. Golden Eagles senior Elijah Wright, signed to run track at Arkansas-Little Rock next year, won the 400, took second in the 200 and was on the second-place 4x400 relay team.
“We did amazing,” Wright said of his team. “We lost a couple players, but the guys we did have, we came together and pulled through.”
For the Golden Eagles girls, Jean Baptiste had a breakout performance in her first postseason meet. The ninth-grader won the 100, 200 and the high jump. She set personal records in the sprints.
Jean Baptiste cleared 5-feet, 4-inches in the high jump, a few inches short of her PR and school record 5-6½. However, the freshman couldn’t complain about her individual day.
“My coaches encourage me every day, every step of the way, to do better,” Jean Baptiste said. “Our team is amazing. Being a freshman and being part of this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
Jillian Dempsey won the 800 and the 1,600 for Naples. She also was on the district champion 4x800 relay team.
In the boys meet, University of Florida recruit Hugh Brittenham won the 800 and the 1,600 for Estero. East Lee's Thailand Carey won the 100 and was the only other Lee County winner at the meet, in which five of the seven teams were from Collier
Barron Collier won the 4x400 and 4x800 relays. Jose Cosme, Juan Cosme and Walker Brunner were on both teams for the Cougars.
Track and field
Class 3A-District 12 meet
At Palmetto Ridge
Gulf Coast 162, Naples 156.5, Barron Collier 109.5, Golden Gate 76.5, Palmetto Ridge 63, Estero 47.5, East Lee 25
Discus – Dorian Hinton (N), 43.88m; Shot put – Jett Su (N), 16.54m; High jump – Tyreese Small (N), 1.93m; Long jump – Kamonte Grimes (PR), 6.25m; Triple jump – Yeremi Tatis (GC), 12.68m; Pole vault – Jack Ahern (N), 4.10m; 100 – Thailand Carey (EL), 11.02; 110 hurdles – Hudson Jean (GC), 15.42; 200 – Omar Sesay (GC), 23.01; 300 hurdles – Hudson Jean (GC), 42.66; 400 – Elijah Wright (N), 49.99; 800 – Hugh Brittenham (E), 1:56.32; 1,600 – Hugh Brittenham (E), 4:23.46; 3,200 – Brady Gibson (N); 4x100 relay – Golden Gate (Williams, Magel, Marcelin, Desnor), 44.12; 4x400 relay – Barron Collier (Jo. Cosme, Ju. Cosme, Lawrence, Brunner), 3:26.20; 4x800 relay – Barron Collier (Jo. Cosme, Ju. Cosme, Bashaw, Brunner), 8:19.14
Naples 201, Palmetto Ridge 129, Gulf Coast 97.5, Golden Gate 94, Barron Collier 56.5, Estero 52, East Lee 14
Discus – Elizabeth Sculles (PR), 37.36m; Shot put – Mikeila Joseph (GC), 11.57m; High jump – Molie Jean Baptiste (N), 1.62m; Long jump – Marie Philemont (PR), 5.00m; Triple jump – Rose Jean (GG), 10.64m; Pole vault – Jackie George (GC), 2.90m; 100 – Molie Jean Baptiste (N), 12.89; 100 hurdles – Amelia Hanlon (N), 15.90; 200 – Molie Jean Baptiste (N), 26.75; 300 hurdles – Jasmine Dera (GG), 48.62; 400 – Merlica Faustin (N), 1:02.13; 800 – Jillian Dempsey (N), 2:23.81; 1,600 – Jillian Dempsey (N), 5:18.07; 3,200 – Mo Palmer (PR), 11:36.73; 4x100 relay – Palmetto Ridge (Jean, Gause, Simone, Linton), 51.49; 4x400 relay – Golden Gate (Francois, Dera, Jean, Thermidor), 4:12.46; 4x800 relay – Naples (Dantonio, Dempsey, Faustin, Straface), 10:04.75