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Regional Champions Shakaeja Dore, Ebone Fortlien, Lourdes Safford and Rayanna Mathis (2019)

Women's Track fourth at Regional
4/28/2019 11:57:00 AM

Powered by a gold medal finish in the 4 x 100m relay and three bronze medals from senior Zoe Alexander, Women's Track and Field brought home a fourth place finish in the 27-team Regional Championship yesterday in Winter Park, their best finish since 2015. DP captured the gold medal in the 4 x 100m relay in a blistering 48.16. A strong start by sophomore Shakaeja Dore and perfect handoffs to senior Ebone Fortilien and freshman Lourdes Safford in the back gave freshman Rayanna Mathis all she needed to pull away from the field down the stretch. Zoe Alexander collected a fistfull of medals, earning the bronze in the 400m (58.15), bronze in the long jump (season-best 17' 11.5") and anchored the 4 x 400m relay team of freshman Jarvia Carr, Rayanna Mathis and junior Domanique Douglas to the bronze medal in 4:00.05. Both relay teams advance to next week's State Championship meet in Jacksonville, as does Alexander in both the 400m and long jump. DP had a host of top-eight finishes that contributed heavily to the team score, including Shakaeja Dore in both the 200m (fifth, 25.95) and the 100m (sixth, 12.70), sophomore Irmiris Mendez in the 300m hurdles (fifth, 46.32), junior Natalia Blake in the pole vault (fifth, season-best 8' 4.25"), Domanique Douglas in the triple jump (sixth, 35' 9.25"), Ebone Fortilien in the long jump (seventh, 17' 3.25"), Rayanna Mathis in the 100m (seventh, 12.75) and Gabrielle Matthews in the 100m hurdles (eighth, 20.71). DP also saw strong showings from junior Imani Wiley in the 300m hurdles (ninth, 59.54), sophomore Zamora St. Cyr in the shot put (12th, season-best 31' 7.25") and the 4 x 800m relay team of freshman Amber He, sophomore Teaghan Connolly, junior Roxanne Deisseroth and freshman Jasmine Little (13th, 10:07.80). As a team, DP accounted for 50.5 points, just one point behind third-place Timber Creek and 4.5 points behind runner-up Evans. Windermere captured the team championship with 64 points.

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