Sunday, September 20, 2020

Poling, Bell Star Lely Wins District Championships

Lely coaches holding the boys and girls championship trophies. From left are Gage Wheeler, Krystal Righter, head coach Mark McGarity and Abby Zenz.

Lely coaches holding the boys and girls championship trophies. From left are Gage Wheeler, Krystal Righter, head coach Mark McGarity and Abby Zenz.

By Roger LaLonde 

Rosie Poling and Mallory Bell kicked it into high gear in leading the Lely girls to the Class 2A-District 12 championship at Lely on April 22.

The Lely boys used consistent placement in nearly every event to win the boys title. Both teams won easily with the girls tallying 222 points and the boys 219. The Dunbar girls came in second with 171 points and the Dunbar boys placed second with 151.

Lely coach Mark McGarity was pleased with the teams’ overall efforts. “We have a bunch of young athletes who have been working hard to

Photos by Roger LaLonde and Patricia Poling Kelsey Halaschak flies over the hurdles for a fourth-place finish.

Photos by Roger LaLonde and Patricia Poling Kelsey Halaschak flies over the hurdles for a fourth-place finish.

do their best,” he said. “Today they figured it out.”

Poling won the 1,600 and 3,200-meter runs and ran a leg in the winning 4 x 400 relay team with Bell, Katie Schiller and Wadline Thermy. Schiller was third in the 1,600 and third in the 3,200.

Bell had her personal best in the pole vault, clearing the bar at nine feet. She won the 800-meter run then ran on the winning 4 x 400 and 4 x 800 relay teams.

Irmice Charelus won the high jump and Chelsie Daniel won the 200-meter run.

Emma Fernandez raced to third in

Mallory Bell and her pole are both straight up as she clears the bar at nine feet to win the event.

Mallory Bell and her pole are both straight up as she clears the bar at nine feet to win the event.

the 800-meter run.

Second-place finishers in events were Tara Snyder, pole vault and Mica Auguste, triple jump.

For the boys, first-place wins went to Joshua Wagner, 800-meter run, Isaac Melendez, pole vault, Chris Racine, shot put and Cody Demalavez, 1,600-meter run. Wagner, Demalavez, Bobbie Garcia and Kole Bartos won the 4 x 800 relay.

Second-place finishers were Taejon Wright, high jump, triple jump and 110 hurdles, Edwin Plancher, discus and shot put, and Lely 4 x 400 relay team. Lely won the 4 x 800 relay.

The top four finishers in each event move on to regional action.

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