LHS boys take three golds
A rainbow appeared during the District XI Class 3A track and field boys’ 3200 meter run, and with that, Liberty senior Darlyn Fermin ran to a district pot of gold with a personal best of 9:40.64.
“It feels ... I can’t even explain it right now,” said Fermin, wearing his gold medal, all smiles.
Fermin took a solid lead from the start and maintained it the entire race.
“That was the plan. It wasn’t really hard because I did that at leagues too, so I’m getting comfortable with that pace, taking the lead. At a mile and a half, I could hear people behind me, but the last half mile, I was focused on the lead,” Fermin said. “The whole season, I’ve been working for this.”
Fermin also won a bronze medal in the 1600 with a time of 4:27.28.
Devon West was a gold medal winner in the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.06 and a silver medal winner in the 200 meter dash with a time of 22.73.
Also for the Hurricane boys, Christian Tackett was awarded a gold medal after his 39.75 time in the 300 meter hurdles.
“It feels awesome. I’ve been looking forward to it all season,” Tackett said.
Tackett had to fight against the speed of William Allen’s Terrance Jones and against a lingering stomach virus.
“We ran together at the ASD meet and he was just right on my tail when we raced there, so I was looking forward to racing him again. It gives me more motivation to do better,” said Tackett. “Coming into today, I had a stomach virus so I’ve been pushing through that all day but even that, I think that gave me more motivation, mind over matter.”
Tackett won silver in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 15.12.
Other Hurricane silver medalists were Sander Sahaydak in the triple jump with a 44-05.75, and Daeshawn Teague in the long jump with a 21-10.50.
Winning district bronze were Ryan Wycherley, Cole Frank, Graham Phillips, and Fermin for their 8:09.46 finish in the 4x8 relay.
Fourth place medals were won by Ezequiel Colon-DeJesus in the 300 hurdles with a time of 41.48, Trevor Harris in the shot put with a distance of 47-09.50, and Wycherley in the 800 meter run with a time of 1:59.79.