FPC's boys team won by a total of 66 points.
With his heart pounding, his legs aching, the Bulldogs’ Jacob Miley could hear the crowd roaring as he entered the back stretch of the last leg of the 4x400-meter relay.
He could hear fans shouting from the bleachers at Sal Campanella Memorial Stadium. He could hear his teammates screaming for him to finish strong. And he could hear the piercing whistle of his head coach, David Halliday, calling him to the finish line.
“I just knew I had to push through,” Miley said.
The Bulldogs completed the relay in 3:17.81. Mandarin finished in second place with a time of 3:22.46.
“It felt great,” Miley said. “There was major competition. For us to compete how we did, with such a big lead at the end, was amazing. We’re going to blow people out of the water at regionals.”
Flagler Palm Coast’s boys track team blew away the competition at the 4A District 1 meet on Tuesday, April 9. The Bulldogs took first place with a total score of 168, which was 66 points ahead of second place Buchholz. The Bulldogs’ girls team finished in third behind Mandarin and Fleming Island.
The regional meet is on April 27 in Winter Park.
The Bulldogs are in the infamous “Region of Death,” where the competition to qualify for the state meet in fierce.
Halliday believes the Bulldogs have the talent to win the regional meet outright. That’s not necessarily the goal, however.
“All we want to do is qualify as many people as we can for the state championships, so we can score as many points as we can,” he said. “We took our first step today.”