Raiders expect greatness heading into regional meet

Navarre track coach Tony Carter expects the best from his team every time it competes. The expectation intensifies this week as the Raiders compete in the Region 1-3A meet Saturday at Sherman Robinson Stadium in Pensacola.

“You hear me say it all the time. I expect greatness,” Carter said. “If you practice great and approach the meet like you want to be great, greatness isn’t unexpected. You shouldn’t be surprised. You don’t practice for second place.”

The regional features some of the best athletes between Pensacola and Jacksonville. The Raiders have several athletes with legitimate shots at punching a ticket to state.

The top four in each event qualify for the state meet, which is scheduled for May 3-4 at Hodges Stadium on the campus of the University of North Florida.

“Attitude is everything,” Carter said. “The competition brings out the best in all of us. You have to go in with a will to win. That is what is going to get us over the hump. I expect big things from the kids we have going to the regional.”

Dante Wright is among the contenders. The Colorado State football signee is ranked fourth in the 100 and 200, sporting times of 10.88 and 22.22 from the district meet.

Read the full article in the April 25 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

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