Fort Myers girls track coach Kelly Britton called Thursday’s Lee County Athletic Conference meet a “tune-up” for her team, and the Green Wave apparently are running very smoothly right now.
The Wave won four events, had plenty of points in the other contests and easily won the LCAC girls crown, outdistancing Dunbar by 621/2 points in the league’s annual meet at East Lee County High School.
Fort Myers ended Dunbar’s two-year reign as county champs.
The LCAC meet came a few weeks earlier than usual, but that didn’t stop the Green Wave’s determined performance.
“This was a little early, so we might not have had our best conditioning,” Britton said. “We scored a lot of points in the field events and relay events, and that may have made the difference.”
Fort Myers was led by Emily Edwards, who won the 1600, Tamara Chambers’ win in the 300 hurdles and Katie Elias’ victory in the pole vault.
“I’m especially proud of Tamara and how she did in the hurdles,” Britton said. “It was great to come out here the way she did. Emily also impressed me in the one- and two-mile races. I really can’t say enough about all these girls.”
Fort Myers had won eight straight LCAC titles before Dunbar won back-to-back crowns in 2011-12.
Edwards not only won two races but established personal bests for the season.
“I wanted to come in here and have a PR, and I was able to do it,” Edwards said. “It was a great meet for everyone on our team. We faced some really good competition, and handled it well.”
Dunbar was dominant in field events and sprints. Johnetta Williams won the shot put and the discus. Jennell Daniels won the 100 hurdles and Ta’Quoya Jones won the 100 and 200 dashes.
The Green Wave also won the boys division by scoring well in all areas of the event. Fort Myers won six first-place ribbons and beat out Dunbar for the team title. Ida Baker was third and Estero was fourth.
Devin Williams provided a “wave” of points by winning the triple jump and discus. T.J. Douglas won the 400 and Ricardo Altenore won the 110 hurdles for Fort Myers as well. Wave senior Tyler Bennett triumphed in the 3200.
The Green Wave also finished first in the 1600 relay.