Monday, April 15, 2013

FHSAA Class 3A Girls 200 Meter Dash State Champion Shericka Ward

Alonti Richardson: Lady Wildcats Have Impressive Showing At Gator Invitational, January 17, 2013

Former Leesburg High School Girls Track Standout Alonti Richardson
By Gerald Lacey
Staff Writer
Carver Heights Quarterback Club
January 17, 2013 

GAINESVILLE - Former Lady Jackets Track and Field standout Alonti Richardson had a solid outing against tougher competition in the second meet of the indoor season, at Thursday's Gator Invitational at UF's Stephen C. O'Connell Center. Richardson finished fifth in the 200m with a time of 25:38

Bethune-Cookman University came away with 25 top-10 finishes on the day, including a pair of first-place performances in the men's 200m and high jump.
B-CU also added 13 qualifications for the MEAC Indoor Track & Field Championships.

"We had a good outing," Head Coach Donald Cooper said. "I was pleased with the teams carrying out and executing the things we have been working on. Every weekend is not going to be your best but we want to be consistent at executing."

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Lady Jackets In College: Alonti Richardson, Bethune-Cookman University

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Ward Advances To NCAA Championships Third Straight Year, May 30, 2012

Villanova Senior Shericka Ward
By Gerald Lacey
Staff Writer 
Carver Heights Quarterback Club
May 27, 2012

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.--On the final night of competition at the NCAA East Regional at Hodges Stadium the Villanova senior Shericka Ward (Leesburg, Fla.) advanced to the NCAA Championships. Ward will be  moving on to the national semifinals in the 100 meter hurdles.

Ward advanced on time to the NCAA Championships with a mark of 13.25 in her quarterfinal heat. She ran in the first of three heats and placed fifth in her heat, then had to wait out the results of the other two heats before determining if she was moving on. The top three finishers in each quarterfinal heat advanced automatically, while the next three fastest runners advanced on time.

The first heat that Ward competed in wound up being the fastest of the three heats and she is heading to the NCAA Championships for the third consecutive year. Ward was a second team All-American in the 100 meter hurdles last season.

The NCAA Championships site will be in Des Moines, Iowa next month. 


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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Jackets In College: Ward Secures Third NCAA East Regional Appearance, May 22, 2012

Entries Announced For NCAA East Regional
By Gerald Lacey
Staff Writer
Carver Heights Quarterback Club
May 22, 2012

LEESBURG, Fla. - Villanova All-American Shericka Ward has been invited to compete in the 2012 NCAA East Regional Track Meet. This will be the third East Regional Outdoor Track appearance for Ward. The accepted entries were announced on Thursday afternoon for the NCAA East Regional and Villanova has 12 athletes in a total of 10 events qualified for the meet, which will be held next week from May 24-26 at Hodges Stadium in Jacksonville. Of the 12 athletes headed to Florida the Wildcats will be competing in six running events and four field events.

Former Leesburg High School Standout and Villanova All-American Shericka Ward during her graduation ceremony at Villanova University recently.

Senior sprinter Shericka Ward (Leesburg, Fla.) is also a returning All-American for the Wildcats and will once again be competing in the 100 meter hurdles. Her top time of the season is 13.16 from the Texas Relays earlier in the year and she has a personal best time of 13.12 from the 2010 East Regional meet.

Ward a two time State Track Champion at Leesburg High School. Ward also helped lead the Lady Jackets Basketball team to back to back final four appearances in 2007 and 2008.

Start lists for the NCAA East Regional are due to be released next Tuesday in advance of the start of competition two days later. 


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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Jackets In College: Alonti Richardson Turn's In Top Performance, May 6, 2011

Former Leesburg High School Standout Alonti Richardson at Bethune-Cookman University
Wildcat Men in 6th After Day Two of MEAC Track Championships, Advance Three to Finals

May 6, 2011
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GREENSBORO, N.C. – After the first full day of major event competition at the MEAC Track & Field Outdoor Championships, the Wildcat men have moved into sixth place, but are in a position to move up with Saturday’s finals. Led by Martin Embry’s second-place finish in the decathlon, the ‘Cats also qualified three athletes to advance to the finals. The women’s team has yet to score, but are hopeful to add some points in tomorrow’s field events and relays.
Martin Embry leads the team after two days, topping the field in the decathlon coming out of day one. Maryland Eastern Shore’s Jermol Dix overcame Embry on day two on the strength of field events. The Wildcat sophomore finished second in the event, finishing with 5,879 points in the decathlon, and starting the scoring off for B-CU in the meet. Through the course of the event, Embry notched the top decathlon performances in the 100m (11.17) and 400m (49.15).
Meanwhile, also in the decathlon, Curtis Riggins added to B-CU’s early point total with a fourth place finish for the multi-event. Riggins picked up the top spots in two of day two’s tougher events, winning the 1500m run (4:47.38) and pole vault (11-09.75 ft.).

The Wildcat men qualified three for Saturday’s final in three different events of Friday’s preliminaries. Kemar Clarke led the charge, notching fourth place in the 110m hurdles prelim with a time of 14.10. Stephon Pamilton recorded the second fastest time in the 400m by five hundredths of a second at 46.74. In the 100m, Chris Jackson was eighth in the preliminaries at 10.64. 

Also in the 100m Clarke narrowly missed qualification at 11th with a time of 10.71.
Running one of her fastest times of the season, Alonti Richardson (Leesburg High School, Leesburg Florida) turned in the Wildcat women’s top individual performance at 11th in the 200m dash, recording a time of 24.38. Ileis Figueroa and LaShondra Wilbon each came in 14th in the 800m run (2:19.37) and 400m dash (57.58) respectively. Apple Harris finished 15th in the 100m dash preliminaries at 12.16.
In other men’s preliminary action, Embry finished 11th in the 400m hurdles (58.16) and Pamilton logged a 15th place finish in the 200m (21.65).
For the first day of field events at the MEAC Championships, the Wildcats picked up a ninth place finish from Joshua Perkins in the men’s long jump, and 11th in the women’s shot put for Maketa Ruffin with a distance of 11.77m (38-07.50 ft.).
After two days of competition, the men are in sixth place with 13 points.
The Wildcats return to action on Saturday morning at the first-class facility in Greensboro. The day opens with the remainder of the field events, leads into the event finals and all of the relay events. 


Monday, May 7, 2012

Shericka Ward Advances to Finals of 100 Meter Hurdles at Penn Relays, April 27, 2012

Shericka Ward advanced to the finals of the 100 meter hurdles on Saturday afternoon by finishing second in her preliminary heat.
Ward automatically advanced to finals by placing second in her preliminary heat

April 27, 2012
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Senior sprinter Shericka Ward (Leesburg, Fla.) automatically advanced to the finals of the 100 meter hurdles by coming in second in her preliminary heat at Franklin Field, where Villanova was competing during the second day of the Penn Relays on Friday afternoon. In addition to the 100 meter hurdles the Wildcats competed in the 4x1500 meter relay and the Eastern section of the high jump on Friday.

Ward registered a time of 13.41 in the first heat of the 100 meter hurdles and is one of nine runners from a preliminary field of 30 who are advancing to the finals tomorrow afternoon. The top two runners from each of three heats, plus the next three fastest times all moved on to the finals.

This is the third straight year that Ward has advanced to the finals in the 100 meter hurdles at the Penn Relays and her time in today's heat was the fifth-fastest overall in the field. The finals are scheduled for 3:15 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.

In the 4x1500 meter relay Villanova had a lineup of junior Bogdana Mimic (Pancevo, Serbia), sophomores Emily Lipari (Greenvale, N.Y.) and Nicky Akande (Lawrenceville, Ga.) and senior Sheila Reid (Newmarket, Ont.) and the quartet came in third with a time of 17:41.12.

The teams remained in a close pack for nearly two full legs of the relay but with 600 meters left in the second leg Oregon opened up a lead that it never relinquished and went on to capture the Championship of America title. Reid took the baton for the anchor leg with Oregon leading by nearly 100 meters and ran a split of 4:20.1. 

"I thought we could run with Oregon coming into the race. They are a very solid team but just from looking at our 1500 meters times from the season I knew we could stay with them. The team is disappointed but we are walking away with a win this weekend and we are happy about that. Oregon is a very good team and they ran great."

Sophomore Samantha Francis (Kingston, Jamaica) registered a distance of 11.66 meters in the Eastern section of the triple jump. She came in 10th out of 19 athletes in her section.