Broward Track and Field

Calvary Christian’s Gale sisters put up stellar performance


Special to The Miami Herald

It was only fitting that the Gale sisters went out with another winning effort in the pole vault at the Class 1A State High School Track Meet Friday held at the University of North Florida track.

Amanda and Emily have dominated the event in recent years and after Emily’s winning performance in the pole vault a year ago, sister Amanda took the honors this time. Her winning effort of 12-6, the same height that Emily cleared in winning the 2012 title, was good enough to beat all others, including the 12-0 height that her sister reached this year in earning a third place finish.

The Gale sisters’ 16 points was nearly half of Calvary Christian’s team total of 42 which was good for a third place finish, well behind the 76 points of runaway winning Maclay.

Like a good teammate and an even better sister, Emily was among Amanda’s biggest supporters once the former dropped out of the competition at 12 feet.

“Once I was out, I told her to go jump 12-6 today and win the thing for me,” Emily said.

Her sister nailed the request. Once she had clinched first place with the 12-6 effort, a personal best, she set her sights on the state record of 12-10. She narrowly missed on her first two efforts before falling short on her third and final attempt.

“I was really pleased with my performance today,” Amanda Gale said. “I was runner up at 11-6 a year ago, so that’s a foot better this year in winning the event. The biggest reason for the improvement was that I was relatively healthy all season.

“Plus, I took treatments this year for the immune deficiencies that I have. That helped a lot.”

The twin girls have the same ailment. Their bodies cannot fight off diseases on their own. As a result both must take treatments in order to be at full strength.

The inseparable sisters will next take their talents to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where they’ll continue their pole vaulting next fall.

They shared county honors in this year’s state meet with Adanaca Brown, the talented hurdler from Upperroom Christian. Brown won both the 100- and 300-meter hurdle events with ease, setting a personal record of 49.3 in the 300 and posing a time of 14.22, just off her personal best of 14 flat set earlier this spring.

“I worked very hard this year so I feel I deserve this,” Brown said, adjusting the two gold medals around her neck. “There’s been a lot of sweat and tears and I’ve cried, but with the work I put in, I deserve these.

“I’m really excited about the [personal record] I got in the 300. And then I came back with a real good time of 14.2 in the 100, so this has been a real good day, especially when you add in the long jump.”

Brown accounted for all 26 of her team’s total points, good for a sixth-place tie with Evangelical Christian School. She also placed third in the long jump competition. She indicated that she’ll be attending college in the fall but hasn’t made a decision on where as of now. That’s when she’ll begin her earnest training for the eventual goal of competing on a world-wide basis.

“The goal is the 2016 Olympics, that’s what I’m after,” she said with a smile. I want to take the track far. I love track, have a strong passion for it. I’ll be competing in the 400 hurdles in college and hopefully on to the Olympics after that.”

The only other top 20 teams among Broward County entries was Highland Christian’s boys which finished 10th with 21 points and the Coral Springs Christian girls team which was 20th with 11 points.

Girls’ team scores (Top 5 plus other Dade/Broward): 1. Maclay 76, 2. Holy Trinity 53, 3. Calvary Christian 42, 4. Lake Mary Prep 34, 5. Jefferson County 28, 6. Upperroom Christian 26, 20. Coral Springs Christian 11, 21. South Florida HEAT 10, 29. Island Christian 6, 34. Florida Christian 5, 42. Westminster Academy 3.

Boys’ team scores (Top 5 plus other Dade/Broward): 1. Holy Trinity 80.5, First Academy 61, Dade Christian 34, 4. Westminster Academy 31, 5. Mount Dora Bible 28, 9. Calvary Christian 22, 10. Highlands Christian 21, 37. Coral Springs Christian 4.

Girls’ individual results (Top 3 plus Dade/Broward top 8) — High jump: 1. Mckenzie Kilborne (Holy Trinity) 5-4, 2. Brooke Allen (Cedar Key) 5-4, 3. Hannah Cogsil (Benjamin) 5-3, 6. Julia Lindbergh (CSC) 5-0; Pole vault: 1. Amanda Gale (CCA) 12-6, 2. Kelsey Stern (St. Johns) 12-0, 3. Emily Gale (CCA) 12-0; Long jump: 1. Darrielle McQueen (No. Fla. Chr.) 19-7, 2. Abby Hani (Lake Mary Prep) 19-3.25, 3. Adanaca Brown (Upperroom Chr.), 7. Hannah Sodergren (HEAT) 16-5.75; Triple jump: 1. Darrielle McQueen (No. Fla. Chr.) 40-4.5, 2. Lindsey Poole (Maclay) 35-6.5, Morgan Burney (Lake Mary Prep) 35-3, 4. Marina Gathino (FC) 35-0, 6. Ebony Brown (CCA) 34-6.5; Discus throw: 1. Stephanie Paul (Community) 127-2, 2. Jessie Hiteshew (Mt. Dora Bible) 119-10, 3. Stephanie Copeland (Branford) 116-6, 6. Isabella Luke (WA) 109-4; Shot put: 1. Shan Scott (Jefferson) 38-9, 2. Samaria Martin (Jefferson) 38-6.5, 3. Stephanie Paul (Community) 37-9.5, 6. Taylor McDuffie (CCA) 37-0; 3200 relay: 1. Maclay 9:32.85, 2. Providence School 9:38.38, 3. Evangelical Christian 9:42.82, 6. Calvary Christian 10:01.97; 100 hurdles: 1. Adanaca Brown (Upperroom Chr.) 14.22, 2. Brittany McGee (Admiral Farragut) 15.31, 3. Nikki Aiosa (St. Johns) 15.94, 4. Kristi Isabelle (HEAT) 16.14; 100: 1. Assata Trader (Shorecrest Prep) 12.12, 2. Abby Hani (Lake Mary Prep) 12.16, 3. Unique Smith (Wildwood) 12.31; 1600: 1. Stefanie Kurgatt (Maclay) 5:06.26, 2. Julie Wollrath (Holy Trinity) 5:11.03, 3. Emily Stallings (Providence) 5:13.00, 4. Hannah Brookover (CCA) 5:16.15; 400 relay: 1. Holy Trinity 48.59, King’s Academy 49.50, Maclay 49.77, 5. Calvary Christian 50.21; 400: 1. Gabrielle Gayles (Holy Trinity) 55.22, 2. Abby Hani (Lake Mary Prep) 56.42, 3. Tamani Wilson (Maclay) 56.50, 5. Rachel Sieradzan (CCA) 58.42, 7. Emily Curran (CCA) 59.40; 300 hurdles: 1. Adanaca Brown (Upperroom Chr.) 43.37, 2. Delise Williams (CSC) 44.95, Yekaterina Panskyy (Island Chr.) 45.44; 800: 1. Stefanie Kurgatt (Maclay) 2:16.47, 2. Grace Blair (Oak Hall) 2:16.87, 3. Grace Casagrande (Cardinal Mooney) 2:19.37; 200: 1. Tamani Wilson (Maclay) 25.44, 2. Czdari Lee (Bishop John) 25.47, 3. Madison Cox (Cambridge Chr.) 25.93, 4. Ebony Brown (CCA) 25.98; 3200: 1. Sarah Candiano (Evangelical) 10:59.55, 2. Julie Wollrath (Holy Trinity) 11:07.21, 3. Brittney Olinger (Oak Hall) 11:14.15; 1600 relay: 1. King’s Academy 4:03.14, 2. Maclay 4:03.19, 3. Clearwater Calvary Chr. 4:04.44, 5. Calvary Christian 4:08.41, 6. South Florida HEAT 4:09.45.

Boys’ individual results (Top 3 plus Dade/Broward top 8) — High jump: 1. Marquis Haynes (Univ. Chr.) 6-8, 2. Justi Jack (Orlando Chr.) 6-4, 3. Austin Warren (Mt. Dora Bible) 6-2; Pole vault: 1. Kyle Weaver (Maclay) 15-0, 2. Drew McMichael (Evangelical) 15-0, 3. Corey Smith (Holy Trinity) 14-6, 5. Mason Van Houtteghem (CSC) 13-6, 6. Andrew Reising (WA) 13-6, 8. Asher Shashaty (CCA) 13-0; Long jump: 1. Lloyd Hylton (First Academy) 23-2.25, 2. Alex Marlowe (Liberty County) 22-10, 3. Gabriel Moore (Freeport) 22-4.5; Triple jump: 1. Austin Warren (Mt. Dora Bible) 46-4, 2. Jonathan Saintil (DC) 45-2.5, 3. Kaleb Daniels (Trinity Chr.) 45-1.75;

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