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Westminster Academy dominates regionals, sends big contingent to Class 1A state track finals

Westminster Academy’s Sanders Desir wins the 110 hurdles during the Region 4-1A Track and Field Championships on Friday, April 24, 2015 at Westminster Academy Athletic Complex in Lauderdale Lakes.
Westminster Academy’s Sanders Desir wins the 110 hurdles during the Region 4-1A Track and Field Championships on Friday, April 24, 2015 at Westminster Academy Athletic Complex in Lauderdale Lakes. FOR THE HERALD

Once Hozie Hankerson realized his best shot at a college scholarship lied in the weighted throws and not the standup comedy routine he did for teammates last season, the Westminster Academy senior became a threat to be a state champion.

After failing to make it out of prelims at states last season, a more serious-minded Hankerson will return to the Class 1A state Track and Field Finals poised for redemption.

Hankerson, who won the discus and finished third behind teammate Luke Miseyko in the shot at the Region 4-1A championships on Friday, said his new found maturity was inspired by the sacrifices his mother, Yulekethia Hankerson, made to get him to this point.

“It’s been hard seeing my mom, a single mom, struggle and stuff,” Hankerson said. “I can’t have her struggle to pay for my college. I have to do something about it. I wasn’t serious last year. I wasn’t really focused. This year I got serious. I want to get a scholarship and help her with something.”

Hankerson, Elijah Thompson (pole vault), Ryan Moore (high jump), Jordan Cabral (200) and Sanders Desir (hurdles) emerged winners to give the host Lions a regional boys’ team title and what coach Doria Rickel hopes is enough firepower to hold off Orlando First Academy for a second consecutive Class 1A state title.

Desir showed the form which made him take down school hurdles records which has stood for 38 years. Desir won the 110 high hurdles in 15.01 before returning to take the 300 hurdles in 39.57.

A pair of promising freshman also left their mark in the girls’ meet. Gracie Allison led South Florida HEAT to the girls team title by winning the 400 in 1:01.07 while Highland Christian’s Sara Carroll won the 100 hurdles (16.11) and finished third in the 300 hurdles.

Westminster Christian’s Victoria Hoppe believes she has the inside shot at the 1,600 meter state title if it comes down to a sprint in the last 200 meters. Hoppe flashed that signature finishing kick to win at that distance in 5:23.38 and then the 3,200 in 12:02.30.

“I like the adrenaline of the mile,” Hoppe said. “I think my pick up at the end always surprises people. I get very competitive when it comes down to a foot race. When you are that close it would be an awful feeling to lose out on it.”

As expected, Westminster Academy’s Ebony Brown cruised to titles in the 100 (12.58), 200 (25.58) and long jump.

Highlands Christian sophomore Sara Carroll started what could be a three-year reign by winning the triple jump 35-8.25 and finishing second in the high jump (5-2).

Region 4-1A boys’ finals — Team standings: 1. Westminster Academy 170, 2. John Carroll 64.50, 3. Dade Christian 60. Individuals (top four qualifiers advance to 1A state finals at UNF, May 1): 3,200: 1. Berean Christian 8:27.35, 2. Highlands Christian 8:28.32, 3. Westminster Academy 8:32.58, 4. South Florida HEAT 8:37.87. 110 hurdles: 1. Sanders Desir (WA) 15.01, 2. Thornton (JC) 15.40, 3. Fink (JC) 16.11, 4. Smith (VA) 17.24. 100: 1. Christopher Julien (HC) 11.32, 2. Rhoden (BRC) 11.64, 3. Hughes (GD) 11.65, 4. Zolnowski (SFH) 11.76. 1,600: 1. Chase Hyland (PC) 4:27.55, 2. Hindle (BRC) 4:33.93, 3. Williams (DC) 4:35.61, 4. McCracken (WA) 4:40.45; 400 Relay: 1. King’s Academy 44.44, 2. Glades Day 44.51, 3. John Carroll 44.73, 4. Highlands Christian 44.84; 400: 1. George Williams (WC) 49.08, 2. Ludwig (HC) 50.76, 3. Burford (BC) 52.23, 4. Gill (DocChar) 52.39; 3,200: 1. Guilherme Pereira (DS) 10:03.22, 2. Szklany (HC) 10:09.47, 3. McCracken (WA) 10:12.14, 4. Hindle (BRC) 10:13.02; 300 Hurdles: 1. Sanders Desir (WA) 39.57, 2. Thomas (CSC) 41.09, 3. Zolnowski (SFH) 41.60, 4. Robertson (JC) 41.80; 800: Patrick Sastre (WA) 2:02.30, 2. Montero-Stube (BC) 2:03.40, 3. Williams (DC) 2:04.00, 4. Jones (JC) 2:04.80; 200: 1. Jordan Cabral (WA) 22.65, 2. Williams (WC) 22.73, 3. Shepherd (KA) 23.24, 4. Rhoden (BRC) 23.48; 1,600 Relay: 1. Westminster Academy 3:29.09, 2. Highlands Christian 3:31.18, 3. South Florida HEAT 3:33.83, 4. Berean Christian 3:34.05; Pole Vault: 1. Elijah Thompson (WA) 12-0, 2. Robertson (JC) 11-6, 3. Dixon (HC) 10-6, 3. Abraham (JC) 10-6; Triple Jump: 1. Dwayne Terry (DC) 42-9.50, 2. Cabral (WA) 42-5.50, 3. Thornton (JC) 41-9.50; High Jump: 1. Ryan Moore (WA) 6-4, 2. Bobb (CSC) 6-0, 3. Talent (CSC) 5-10, 4. Fink (JC) 5-8; Discus: 1. Hozie Hankerson (WA) 161-5, 2. Ingraham (DC) 143-6, 3. Johnson (DC) 135-10, 4. Zirwas (JC) 134-0; Shot Put: 1. Miseyko (WA) 50-2, 2. Ingraham (DC) 47-10, 3. Hankerson (WA) 46-9.50, 4. Zirwas (JC) 46-1.50; Long Jump: 1. Jordan Cabral (WA) 22-4, 2. Talent (CSC) 22-2.50, 3. Fink (JC) 20-8.50, 4. Craven (BRC) 20-7.

Region 4-1A girls’ finals — Team standings: 1. South Florida HEAT 112.50, 2. Westminster Academy 95, 3. Westminster Christian 93. Individuals (top four qualifiers advance to 1A state finals at

UNF, May 1): University of North Florida on May 1): 3,200 Relay: 1. South Florida HEAT 10:19.67, 2.King’s Academy 10:27.46, 3. Boca Raton Christian 10:34.57, 4. Palmer Trinity 10:37.98; 100 Hurdles: Sara Carroll (HC) 16.11, 2. Cogsil (Ben) 16.64, 3. Poulard (AC) 16.67, 4. Wirth (SFH) 16.84; 100: 1. Ebony Brown (WA) 12.58, 2. Laurent (WA) 13.14, 3. Creus (WC) 13.22, 4. Pierre (AC) 13.28; 1,600: Victoria Hoppe (WC) 5;23.38, 2. Hincapie (BRC) 5:37.29, 3. Barber (Pine) 5:37.65, 4. Shields (SFH) 5:40.26; 400 Relay: 1. Westminster Academy 51.26, 2. Westminster Academy 51.27, 3. Somerset 52.06, 4. Benjamin 52.36; 400: 1. Gracie Allison (SFH) 1:01.07, 2. Campbell (KA) 1:01.93, 3. Gonzalez (PT) 1:02.42, 4. Shields (SFH) 1:02.54; 3,200: 1. Victoria Hoppe (WC) 12:02.30, 2. Hincapie (BRC) 12:18.50, 3. Shields (SFH) 12:42.75, 4. Gomez (BRC) 12:47.64; 300 Hurdles: 1. Julia Decker (WC) 47.64, 2. Wirth (SFH) 48.29, 3. Carroll (HC) 48.74, 4. Lopez (SFH) 49.03; 800: 1. Natasha Strump (WC) 2:26.66, 2. Smith (BRC) 2:28.52, 3. Gonzalez (PT) 2:29.65, 4. Barber (Pine) 2:30.61; 200: Ebony Brown (WA) 25.58, 2. Creus (WC) 26.91, 3. Rivera (BRC) 27.54, 4. Laurent (WA) 27.78; 1,600 Relay: Westminster Christian 4:13.78, 2. Westminster Academy 4:15.12, 3. South Florida HEAT 4:20.61, 4. Pine School 4:26.42; Triple Jump: 1. Sara Carroll (HC) 35-8.25, 2. Cogsil (Ben) 35-5, 3. Christie (SFH) 34-4.50, 4. Wirth (SFH) 33-10.25; High Jump: 1. Hannah Cogsil (Ben) 5-4, 2. Carroll (HC) 5-2, 3. Oman (WA) 5-0, 4. Colford (WA) 5-0; Discus: 1. Sofia Iglesias (PT) 118-11, 2. O’Connor (SFH) 105-8, 3. Okeke (DC) 100-9, 4. James (DC) 96-4; Shot Put: 1. EmyJa’ James (DC) 34-11.50, 2. Okeke (DC) 33-5, 3. Iglesias (PT) 33-0, 4. Nahr (HC) 32-5; Long Jump: 1. Ebony Brown (WA) 17-7.50, 2. Wirth (SFH) 17-2.50, 3. Christie (SFH) 16-2.

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