Four vaulters headed to middle school state meet



Lily Wockenfuss, just an eighth-grader at Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School, finished sixth in the pole vault during last week’s Class 1A state track and field championships in Jacksonville.

Wockenfuss was one of six Port St. Joe athletes who wound up qualifying for state; she was the only one who medaled.

Wockenfuss was the only county athlete who automatically qualified for the state meet by finishing in the top four of her event during regionals; she was third in the pole vault.

Following the four region meets, the Florida High School Athletics Association groups the top eight non-qualifying finishers in each event in each of the four regions to create a pool of 32 athletes.

The top eight performers in that pool in each event qualify for the state meet.

That meant that Celeste Chiles (shot put), Te Te Croom (discus), ShaMario Cole (800 meters), Jade Cothran (100 meter hurdles) and London White (pole vault) also competed in Jacksonville last week.

Up next for four Port St. Joe competitors is the state Middle School track and field championships.

Bladen Levins and Kristen Bouington will join White and Wockenfuss in that meet, which takes place Saturday at IMG Academy in Bradenton.

Wockenfuss, who finished third in the middle school meet last year, arrives ranked No. 1 in Florida in her grade class in the pole vault, No. 2 in the nation.

Bouington also placed in the middle school meet last year, finishing eighth.

Wockenfuss, Bouington and White are all eighth-graders; Blevins is just a seventh-grader.