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Women's Track and Field dominated the hurdles en route to a first-place finish at the 2019 Flagler Pinnacle Classic

Strong start for Women's Track
2/10/2019 8:12:00 PM

With four gold medals and a torrent of sprinters finishing in the top five, Women's Track and Field dominated the competition at the preseason Flagler Pinnacle Classic Friday night in Bunnell. Freshman Rayanna Mathis had quite the debut for DP, earning gold medals in the 200m (26.45) and the 4x100m relay with Irmiris Mendez, Shakaeja Dore and Ebone Fortilien (50.64), and a bronze medal in the 100m (12.71). Junior Gabrielle Matthews earned double gold in the long jump (18'0.5") and the 300m hurdles (49.42) and double silver in the 100m hurdles (16.95) and 4x400m relay with Jarvia Carr, Zanea Formey and Domanique Douglas (4:17.95). In fact, in the 300m hurdles, DP earned five of the top seven places with Matthews (gold), Imani Wiley (silver in 50.89), Britney Damon (fifth in 52.93), Armelle Oliantus (sixth) and Jordan Jones (seventh). DP flooded the 100m as well, with five top-eight finishes, including Mathis (bronze), Ebone Fortilien (fourth in 12.86), Shakaeja Dore (fifth in 12.94), Lourdes Safford (fifth) and Irmiris Mendez (eighth). The 200m was also dominated by DP as the Panthers swept the top four spots with Mathis taking gold, Ebone Fortilien the silver (26.83), Lourdes Safford the bronze (27.29) and Jarvia Carr in fourth (27.36). The sprinters had an amazing day but so, too, did the distance runners as DP crushed the 800m with four of the top five times with Roxanne Deisseroth earning the silver (2:38.53), Teaghan Connolly the bronze (2:42.92), Jasmine Little (fourth in 2:42.92) and Natalia Blake (fifth in 2:47.90). Plenty of top five finishes across the board including the triple jump contingent of Domanique Douglas (silver in 32'1"), Jordan Jones (fourth at 30'3.75") and Naika Belizaire (fifth at 30'30.5"), and the 100m hurdles squad of Matthews (gold), Armelle Oliantus (bronze in 18.39) and Imani Wiley (fourth in 18.66). Nowelia Blake earned the silver medal in the pole vault with a height of 7'5.75", as did the 4x100m all-freshmen B relay team of Raina Scott, Jarvia Carr, Zanea Formey and Lourdes Safford (51.51). Domanique Douglas took home her second medal of the night with a bronze medal showing in the long jump at 16'1.5" while Britney Damon picked up a fifth place finish in the high jump at 4'4" and a fourth place showing in the 4x400m relay with Naika Belizaire, Jordan Jones and Imani Wiley in 4:39.31. DP will head to Clermont Saturday for the Seminole Open.

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