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Key West’s Niks-Davis Suharevskis set a personal best in the pole vault during an April 4 track-and-field meet at Coral Shores High School.

An April 4 track-and-field meet between Key West and Coral Shores saw one pole vaulter launching his way to one of the best marks in the state.

Key West’s Niks-Davis Suharevskis and Ian Newton took first and second, respectively, in the pole vault at Coral Shores High School. Suharevskis launched himself to a personal best of 14 feet, 11 3/4 inches — a mark that currently ranks third in the state for 2A. 

Key West’s boys racked up the points in a win over the Hurricanes, 107-38, with a pair of wins from Jeef Dejean in the long and triple jumps and Colbin Hill in the 1,600 and 3,200 meters. Clerff Alexandre was second in triple jump and Andrew Fedor was second in the 1,600. 

The Conchs’ Shane Lavallee was the fastest gentleman on the track, winning the 100-meter dash. William Forster and Rayan Barrios took first and second place in the 800, while Jeremiah Harvey won the 110-meter high hurdles with Anthony Jenner right behind.

In other boys events, Key West’s Anthony Jenner took two second-place finishes in the discus and shot put. Brondson Etienne won the high jump event with Josue Quiche coming in second. Jean Louis won shot put and Noah Mercer won discus. 

The Lady Conchs had a commanding performance in a win over the Hurricanes, 99-30. Dazmine Jenkins won the 100-meter dash, while Alyssandra Camargo took first in the 400. Colleen Barter was second in the 400. Caylaa Makimaa won the 1,600 with Naima Thomas finishing right behind her in second. Thomas went on to win the 3,200 with Lily Kaufman in second place. 

Key West’s Grace Andrew won the 100-meter hurdles and Neslo Atilla finished first in the 400 hurdles with Valeria Juarez in second. Gemma Nesgaard was second in the 200 to round out running events. 

In field events, the Conchs’ Kaylee Matas Cabuzeulo led the charge with three first-place finishes in long jump, shot put and discus. Audrey Smith was second in discus. Anabel Portuondo was first in the pole vault with teammate Ariel Newton in second. Nesgaard took first in the high jump with Portuondo finishing second.

Despite being the smaller school, the ’Canes had some strong showings in boys and girls events. The Lady ’Canes’ Brooke Mandozzi finished first in the 200-meter dash and second in the 100-meter, while Sammy Bates took first in the 800. Julieanna Oddo was second in the 100-meter hurdles while Sofia Jackson and Karala Gutierrez came in second in the long jump and shot put, respectively.

The Hurricanes’ boys saw first-place finishes from Ambrose Sanchez in the 400 hurdles, Adrik Gadea in the 400 and Ethan Marguet in the 200. Sam Harm was right behind Marguet for second in the 200. Jack Collins and Alaric Rodriguez earned second-place finishes in the 400 and the 3,200, respectively. Rex Mathews had a pair of second-place finishes in the 100 meter and long jump.

Tracy McDonald
Tracy McDonald fled to the Keys from the frozen mountains of Pennsylvania hours after graduating from college and never looked back. She is a second generation coach and educator, and has taught in the public school system for over 25 years. She and her husband met at a beginning teacher meeting in 1997 and have three children born and raised in Monroe County. In her free time, McDonald loves flea markets, historical fiction and long runs in the heat.