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PECS students produce successful day at county track meet

OKEECHOBEE — Boys from Pemayetv Emahakv Charter School dominated the annual Okeechobee County track and field meet May 11 at Okeechobee High School.

PECS boys swept all three 100 meter dashes in the three age categories (9-10, 11-12 and 13-14) and won two of the 200 and 400 meter races each.

JB Anderson, Bryce Ward and Trace Wilcox led the way as double winners. Anderson captured the 200 and 400 in the 9-10 age group, Ward won the 100 and 200 in the 11-12 group and Wilcox won the 100 in the 13-14 group. Wilcox also leapt the farthest to win the standing long jump.

Other winners for the boys were Raylen Smith (100 in 9-10) and Bryce Baker (400 in 11-12).

The PECS girls squad also produced championship runs with all three of its wins coming in the 9-10 age group. Tiyanni Anderson won the 100 dash, Lason Baker won the 400 and Maricella Garcia captured the standing long jump.

In the girls 4×100 relay for 11-12 year-olds, the PECS team of Carlee Osceola, Sydney Matthews, Lexi Thomas and Nena Youngblood finished runner-up in a close race against South Elementary School.

Overall, PECS coach Pam Matthews said both the boys and girls surpassed her expectations.

“They did way better than I expected,” she said.

County champions from PECS on the boys side included:
9-10 Raylen Smith – 100 meter dash (17.40)
9-10 JB Anderson – 200 meter dash (31.75)
9-10 JB Anderson – 400 meter run (1.16.22)
11-12 Bryce Ward – 100 meter dash (15.28)
11-12 Bryce Ward – 200 meter dash (30.18)
11-12 Bryce Baker – 400 meter run (1.10.97)
13-14 Trace Wilcox – 100 meter dash (14.94)
13-14 Trace Wilcox – standing long jump (8.05)
On the girls side, PECS county champions included:
9-10 Tiyanni Anderson – 200 meter dash (32.03)
9-10 Lason Baker – 400 meter run (1.20.7)
9-10 Maricella Garcia – standing long jump (6.8)

Kevin Johnson
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