More than two weeks have passed since Navarre’s track teams last competed — 17 days to be exact if you are counting at home — and the time in between the district and regional meets has been well spent by the Raiders.
They have zeroed in on the little things, tweaking technique, making small adjustments to their form, striving to shave perhaps a second or two off their times. They have even used the gap in competition to recover from minor injuries or pain that can get to an athlete over the course of a long season.
Thursday at Chiles High School in Tallahassee, the 18 individuals and the members of the six relay teams from the boys and girls teams will lace up their sneakers at the Region 1-3A regional meet and take aim at a trip to state next week at the IMG Academy in Bradenton.
There will even be a historic first along the way as Ethan Fulk, who is only a freshman, will be the first adaptive track athlete in Northwest Florida to compete in the regional. He is competing in the shot put, 200 and 800. Fulk was the district champion in all three events.
“The kids are excited about the opportunity,” Navarre boys head coach Joe Surratt said.
That excitement is magnified when one considers the Raiders are taking their largest contingent to the regional in program history. The top four athletes in each event will qualify for state.
“We couldn’t be happier with the number of kids we have going to the regional,” Navarre girls head coach Mimi Surratt said. “Just for them to have this experience is a big deal.”
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