The girls 4 by 400-meters team, from left: Kate Ward, Amelia Wolferseder, Ryleigh Hollenbeck and Kenslie Harris finished in fourth place at districts. [ FCHS Athletic Department ]

Seahawk runners head to regionals

The Franklin County High School varsity track team will be sending its largest number of district standouts ever to regionals, as a dozen runners head to the University of North Florida’s Hodges Stadium Saturday.

Leading the regional qualifiers will be eighth grader Addyson Paul, who ran a 14:28.34 in the 3,200 meters to take first at the Class 1A District 2 meet in Port St. Joe April 25.

Eighth grader Addyson Paul won the 3,200 meters at districts. [ FCHS Athletic Department ]

Sophomore Josiah Friddle ran a 11:20.81 in the 3,200 meters to take second place and advance to regionals, while eighth grader Nathaniel Cabrera advanced by virtue of his running a 2:14.78 in the 800 meters to advance with a third place finish.

Sophomore Josiah Friddle took second place in the 3,200 meters. [ FCHS Athletic Department ]

Both 4 x 800 meter teams advanced, with the boys team of Friddle, freshman Troy Mackenzie, Cabrera and senior Josh Greer finishing second, with a time of 9:40.55. Sophomore Dex Teat is the alternate and will be running at regionals.

Eighth grader Nathaniel Cabrera took third place in the 800 meters. [ FCHS Athletic Department ]

The girls team of seventh grader Baileigh Dasher, Paul, seventh grader Peyton Wood, and seventh grader Bella Polous finished third with a time of 12:51.71.

The girls 4 by 400 meter team also advanced, with eighth grader Kate Ward, sixth grader Amelia Wolferseder, eighth grader Ryleigh Hollenbeck, and seventh grader Kenslie Harris running a time of 5:12.13 to finish in fourth place.

The girls 4 by 800-meter relay team, from left: Baileigh Dasher, Addy Paul, Peyton Wood, Bella Polous took third at districts. [ FCHS Athletic Department ]
The boys 4 by 800-meters team, from left: Josiah Friddle, Troy Mackenzie, Nate Cabrera and Josh Greer finished second at districts. [ FCHS Athletic Department ]

The following are the complete results from the district meet:


100 METER: 8th) Sixth grader Amelia Wolferseder 14.44

200 METER: 6th) Wolferseder, 30.22

400 METER: 5th) Seventh grader Kenslie Harris 1:14.07

800 METER: 5th) Seventh grader Baileigh Dasher, 3:13.91

3200 METER: 1st) Paul, 14:28.34; 5th) Seventh grader Isabella Polous 15:21.90

4X400 METER RELAY: 4th) FCHS 5:12.13

4X800 METER RELAY: 3rd) FCHS 12:51.71

DISCUS: 11th) Sixth grader Madison Petty, 15.08m: 14th) Sixth grader Zoe Everett, 13.45m; 15th) Eighth grader Sheyanne Russell, 13.24m

SHOT PUT: 5th) Petty, 7.11m; 14th) Sixth grader Makenley O’Neal, 5.05m; 15th) Everett, 4.3m


200 METER: 9th) Eighth grader Kyle Gilbert 27.71

400 METER: 6th) Sophomore Dexton Teat, 58.87; 15th) freshman Troy Mckenzie, 1:08.53 20th) Eighth grader John Shiver 

800 METER: 3rd) Eighth grader Nathaniel Cabrera, 2:14.78; 5th) Senior Josh Greer 2:20.18

1600 METER: 12th) Sixth grader Easton Johnson, 7:14.38

3200 METER: 2nd) Sophomore Joshua Friddle, 11:20.81

4X800 METER RELAY: 2nd) FCHS 9:40.55

SHOT PUT: 10th) Seventh grader Lucas Downing, 7.77m

DISCUS: 9th) Downing 17.84m

JAVELIN: 5th) Gilbert 29.89m; 8th) Greer 26.69m; 9th) Downing 25.02m

SHOT PUT: 10th) Downing, 7.77m

In other track results, Friddle ran the 400–meter dash April 5 in Crawfordville at Wakulla High School, and posted a time of 1:01.26 to finish fifth.

At an April 4 meet in Port St. Joe, eighth grader Kyle Gilbert threw the javelin 34.82 meters and finished second. “He qualified for the middle school state meet and set a new school record with that throw!” said coach Anna Bull.

Other results from the Port St. Joe meet were as follows:


100 METER: 10th) Wolferseder, 14.74

200 METER: 7th) Senior Mahayley Shuler, 32.74; 9th) Wolferseder, 33.64 10th) Harris 34.14

400 METER: 4th) Harris 1:13.14; 10th) Hollenbeck 1:19.34

800 METER: 1st) Paul 3:14.50; 2nd) Polous 3:19.00; 3rd) Dasher, 3:26.10

1600 METER: 2nd) Paul 6:58.50; 3rd) Polous, 7:04.30

LONG JUMP: 6th) Hollenbeck, 3.62m; 7th) Wolferseder 3.43m; 9th) Harris, 3.17m

DISCUS: 6th) Petty 16.71m

SHOT PUT: 3rd) Petty 7.01m


200 METER: 2nd) Teat 27.04; 5th) Friddle 27.54; 7th) Gilbert 29.44; 9th) Junior Bentley Braswell 30.94

400 METER: 2nd) Teat 57.24; 3rd) Friddle 59.74; 9th) Mckenzie 1:05.64; 15th) Gilbert 1:06.54: 17th) Braswell 1:08.94; 23rd) Shiver 1:20.84: 25th) Freshman Seth Thomas 1:23.14; 28th) Sophomore Jayden Gray 1:29.64

800 METER: 1st) Greer 2:23.50; 3rd) Friddle 2:37.60; 12th) Mckenzie 2:57.00; 13th) Teat 3:03.20; 14th) Shiver 3:04.00: 16th) Thomas 3:20.30

1600 METER: 2nd) Friddle 5:18.60

LONG JUMP: 4th) Teat 5.11m; 5th) Greer 5m; 6th) Gilbert 4.92m

DISCUS: 4th) Downing 21.23m

JAVELIN: 2nd) Gilbert 34.82m; 5th) Greer 26.44m; 6th) Downing 24.69m

SHOT PUT: 4th) Downing 8.15m

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