By: Matt Rothman
It was a great day for the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas the track team on Wednesday, with the girls finishing first while the boys came in second.
The two teams, which combined to go 11-1 this year, competed in Coral Springs High School against four other schools in Monarch Deerfield Beach, Coral Springs High School and Coral Springs Charter.
“I’m extremely proud of how everyone raced tonight,” said head coach Mike Mauro. “Everyone was ready to step out of their comfort zone and dig deep to finish strong.
In total, the women’s team won five events. Jayah Portis was part of three of them after finishing first in the long jump, 300 hurdles and 4 x 100m relay team.
Arianna Abreu won the 400 meters while Morgan Melchiorri won the 3,200 meters.
The Eagles also had multiple second-place finishes with Sabrina Acevedo, Arianna Abreu, Ne’Rya Russel, Naomi Grissette and the 4×400 relay team consisting of Abreu, Zeff, Addison Krajczewski and Ne’Rya Vassell.
In total, MSD finished with 115.15 points, nearly 40 points ahead of Coral Springs High School.
The boys had their 4×400 relay team with Alex Black, Traejon Roberts, Deandre Mofford and Jasiah Clapp, and the 4×800 relay team Andres Abreu, Deandre Mofford, Connor Mazilli and Emery Jackson come first. James Bronzwaig won the javelin and came second in the discus.
Roberts, Calvin Fowler, Lucas Marrick, Ethan Engleman, Connor Mazzilli, Vasco Velarde, Luke Williams, Deandre Mofford, Vasco Velarde, Maddox Hasse, Devaun D’Haiti and Robert Peart finished in the top five or better in their respective events.
MSD finished 43 points behind Coral Springs High School, but 26 points ahead of Coral Springs Charter to finish second.
Following, the Eagles will compete in the Water Dix Relay on Saturday, March 5 at Coral Springs High School.
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Matt Rothman graduated in 2018 from Florida Gulf Coast University and received his bachelor’s degree in journalism. He is now attending the University of Florida as a graduate student.