Girls track and field
ECS girls track and field coach Wes Penberthy knows that coaching twin sisters Moriah and Sierra Oliveira makes his job easy.
“They’re such great athletes and when they’re that experienced, you don’t need to do too much,” Penberthy said.
The eight-graders showed their athleticism in Thursday’s Region A-3 track and field championships to lead the way for the Sentinels as the team clinched berths to next Friday’s Class A state championships in five events.
Moriah’s time of 56.92 seconds in the 400-meter dash was best among her competitors. Sierra’s 2:15.06 time in the 800 meter run was enough to win the region and they were key factors in the Sentinel’s first place 4×400 relay team. ECS also finished second in the 4×800 and long jumper Kylee Rullo placed third.
“I couldn’t be happier with Moriah and Sierra’s performances today,” Penberthy added.
“They both ran hard and were tremendous today.”
In the 4×800 meter relay, the Sentinels started the event in fifth place. This was all according to plan for Penberthy. Sierra brought them back and Moriah finished the race for the team leading ECS to a winning 4:02 time.
“Our strategy in the relay events is to let the horses get out and run, when they have someone to chase, they’re going to catch them,” Penberthy said.
“That performance was about as well as you can do.”
The Sentinels that advanced will next travel to Bradenton to compete in the Class A state track and field championships.
Canterbury seventh-grader Jessica Edwards placed third in the 800 meter run to advance to next week’s Class A state championships.
Boys track and field
Charles Ellis, a Canterbury senior, clinched a berth in next week’s Class A state championship by placing third in the discus throw.
Region 3A-2 semifinal
•Northside Christian 4, ECS 1: Matt Soletti blasted a home run to record the lone run on the night for the Sentinels (21-8).