7 May 2017

Circle Track & Field Athletes Shine at State Championships

Alec Hipes with coaches and medals

Hipes is State Runner-Up in Triple Jump

Eight of Circle’s best Track & Field athletes traveled to the IMG Academy in Bradenton this week to compete in the 2-day Florida State Championships. The athletes had qualified by finishing in the top 4 in their events in both the District and Regional State Series competitions. At the State Meet, Circle brought home 8 medals in 4 different events by 5 athletes who made the Awards Podium by finishing among the top 8 in their event for Class 1A.

On Friday night, 8th grader Sinkenesh Parker and 9th grader Brooke McEwen finished 5th and 6th in the 3200 Meter Run with career best times of 11:22.11 and 11:22.97 while freshman Mulunesh Parker, competing in her first State Championships, would finish 16th in 12:33. Also on Friday, Senior Alex Larsen completed his high school career with an 11th place finish in the Boys 800 Meter Run in 2:04.36 and Sophomore Anthony Cota placed 12th in the Pole Vault competition jumping 11’06”.

On Saturday, the girls 4 x 800 Meter Relay Team of Jaden Ault, Caroline Spivey, Brooke McEwen, and Sinkenesh Parker raced to a 6th place finish. This was the second year in a row for Ault and Parker to make it to the podium in this event and the first for McEwen and Spivey. Also, for Sinkenesh, this was her 8th team, individual, and relay medal in State Meet Competition over the last 2 years.

Jaden, Sinkenesh, Brooke, and Caroline

The best though was saved for last. Seeded 8th coming into the championship event, Senior Alec Hipes put together an amazing set of jumps and finished as State Runner-Up in the Triple Jump. In each of his 6 jumps, Alec continued to improve and move up the leader board and then exploded with a school record 3.59 meters (44’07”) on his final jump to secure the 2nd place silver medal. His record jump was over two feet further than he had ever jumped leading into the State Championship. On Friday, Hipes also made it to the awards podium when he finished in 7th place in the High Jump with a school record tying height of 6’3”. Alec completes his high school track and field career with 5 school records and the second highest individual state finish in school history.

This meet concludes an outstanding Track and Field season that saw 8 new school records being set and 12 new individual athletes make it onto the All-Time (Top 3) Circle Track & Field Records List. Congratulations team!

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Alec in triple jump

Brooke and Sinkenesh

Sinkenesh and Brooke on 3200 podium


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