Updated: May 30
Our Boca Warrior Athletes made their mark at the 2021 Middle School State Championship in beautiful Bradenton, FL. The event was held at IMG Academy, a premier sports training facility.
State Champion Tristan Stephenson Elementary Boys' 800 and 5th place for Jeremy Lopez. Tristan smoked it with a time of 2:32:01 and Jeremy was right behind at 2:43:60.
Watch the video of Tristan and Jeremy's 800 meter run
Erik Moss ran a blistering 5:08:33 to become the Elementary Boys' Florida State Champion for the 1500 meters ! Awesome job Erik !
Watch the video of Erik's 1500 meter run. Erik was behind coming into the final lap, but put the jets on to take the lead and the victory !
Special "Shout Outs" to McKenzie & Emily
McKenzie Ferdine (5:13:10) & Emily Pym (5:15:82) both got PRs (personal records) in the 1500 meters. They beat half the field in the fastest section. Coming in 9th & 11th out of all 4 heats. What's cool about this race was that they were in heat section 3 of 4. However, they both beat all girls in the first 3 sections plus 1/2 the field in the fastest section 4 & both PR'd coming from way back in the field. Watch the last 800 meters, especially, to see how all their hard work paid off !
Here's the video
(medals are awarded to the top 8 for each event)
Boca Warriors was also well represented by these additional podium placements.
Middle School Girls 3K Run
11:19.18 Alex Palekar 8th
Elementary Boys 400m Dash
1:05.84 Tristan Stephenson 2nd
Elementary Boys 1500m Run
5:08.33 Erik Moss 1st
5:14.02 Willie Mckenney 3rd
5:22.05 Christian Blanco 5th
5:25.37 Jeremy Lopez 6th
Elementary Boys 800m Run
2:32.01 Tristan Stephenson 1st
2:43.60 Jeremy Lopez 5th
We're proud of all our runners who worked hard to qualify for States. Some didn't get the results they wanted, but that's OK. Track mirrors life sometimes: things are going great & sometimes not as well as what we hope for. Qualifying for States is a huge accomplishment, and everyone should be proud of themselves for giving 100+% !
check out all the team results @ https://fl.milesplit.com/meets/405429-flyra-middle-school-state-track-field-championship-2021/teams/35237