The Fort Myers High girls track team was relying on winning points in the 1,600 and 3,200 runs Thursday afternoon, and junior Emily Edwards once again went the distance and finished first for the Green Wave.
Edwards won the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 runs for Fort Myers and led the Green Wave to second in the District 3A-12 track meet at Palmetto Ridge High.
Led by Edwards, Alexis Walker and Katherine Elias, the Green Wave finished second overall, behind only Naples, which excelled in the girls’ sprint events.
“I’m happy with how I did,” Edwards said. “I had a lot of race strategy out there, and it was all about positioning. I ran a lot more relaxed today than I have in a long while.”
Edwards had help scoring points from Elias, a sophomore, who won the pole vault. Walker also won the shot put.
“I didn’t have any personal bests today. Some of my races were a little off,” Edwards said. “But I expected that a little bit.”
Cape Coral finished eighth, but had outstanding performances, led by Daniaria Brice’s win in the 400 and Camary Williams, who finished first in the long jump.
The Green Wave boys triumphed in their division, beating out second-place Naples by 30 points.
The Wave captured three events: Devin Williams won the discus, and Fort Myers’ 1,600 and 3,200 relay teams also took home firsts. It was the fourth-straight district title for the Green Wave.
“It’s a very special thing for our seniors,” Fort Myers coach Richie Rode said. “To never have lost a district meet in four years is really a great thing for our guys.
“We knew we had to do well in the distance events and the discus, and we were able to do it.”
The team champions as well as the top 4 finishers in each event move on to the Region 3A-3 meet next Thursday at Charlotte High School.