Gulf Breeze’s Cal Dermody took home top honors in the high jump and Tate’s Monty Brown finished third in the same event as the first day of the Florida High School Athletic Association’s state track and field meet was held at IMG Academy.
Dermody cleared 6-4 on his first attempt to win the state championship in the Class 3A high jump competition. Brown, who also reached a height of 6-4, finished third in the event.
Other top finishers from the area Friday were West Florida’s Murray Washington (fifth in long jump at 22-6.5) and Navarre’s Khiara Newton (sixth in pole vault at 9-6).
The meet will continue Saturday with the remainder of the field events and the running events.