After waiting through three rain delays, pushing back the starting time for running events seven hours, the Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School took two podium spots before the night was over at the state Class 1A Track and Field Championships.
Competing at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Lily Wockenfuss, just a ninth-grader, took fourth in the pole vault while Jataevion Reed, a senior, snagged fifth in the 300 meter hurdles.
“(Reed) actually could have won,” said Coach Keion McNair. “He got into the swimming pool Friday night … he just wasn’t being smart.”
Madelyn Gortemoller, who qualified in the 400 meters, and the 4 by 400 relay team of Reed, Octavious Russ, Rickey Forbes and Isaiah Wright failed to make the finals in their respective events.
“The warm-ups for the runners were thrown all off,” McNair said. “We had a rain delay, we’d get up and start warming up and they called another rain delay.
“We were supposed to start running at noon but we didn’t start until 7 (p.m.). It was a long day for the kids.”--- Tim Croft