Creekside girls, Raines boys win Friday Knight Invite with record-breaking performances

Sometimes, the only thing better than breaking a track and field record is the backstory behind it. This was certainly the case at the Friday Knight Invite at Creekside High School as 13 meet records were broken and the home team set a new state mark in the 6,400-meter relay.


The 6,400-meter relay is typically not contested at high school meets, but the Knights have four dynamic long distance runners and wanted to make a go at the mark.

Reece Duff, Jackson Storey, Nick Deal and Matt Clark finished in 17 minutes, 40.78 seconds to establish the state mark by five-hundredths of a second.

Storey won the Butch Helmly Boys 800 meters with a meet-record time of 1:54.51, bettering his 2016 mark by almost three seconds. The race was renamed after the former Creekside track coach who retired after the 2016 season.

Later on, Clark and Deal broke the meet record in the 3,200 meters. Clark won the event with a time of 9:25.43, while Deal, his current and future teammate at the University of Florida, crossed the line in 9:29.63 to finish second.

Creekside’s boys finished second in the meet with 101 points. Raines used a pair of victories by Trevon Laidler in the long jump and triple jump, as well as wins in the 100 meters, 200 meters, and 1,600 meter relay to win the meet with 119 points.

“What it does for us is it’s a good tune-up meet,” said Raines track and field goal Lewis James about the Vikings’ win one week ahead of the Bob Hayes Invitational. “We don’t have to overexert ourselves. … It actually prepared us, if not physically, but mentally. It’s a very good meet. It gives us a good life coming into the week.”

On the girls side, Creekside won with 130.5 points. Senior sprinter Allison Holland won the 100 and 200 meters, while the Knights picked up points in the field, sprints and distance categories.

Creekside senior Briana Washington did not win the long jump for the first time in her varsity career, but she made amends twenty minutes later in the triple jump. Her leap of 37 feet, 6¾ inches was one of four meet records that were equaled or tied in the girls competition.

As Creekside’s Jadyn Fields ran the final 100 meters of the girls 1,600 meter relay to help the Knights win the meet, her older sister, Jordan, had her cell phone out preserving the moment. Fields, Washington, Allison Holland and Beverley Thompson won the final event of the night in 4:09.60.

One event the home team did not win was the girls 1,600 meters. St. Augustine senior Rose Klaus won the first race of her varsity career with a personal best time of 5:33.86. She held off Creekside’s Tara Openshaw over the last 50 meters to claim the victory.

“I have run against Tara for (three) years, so she is one I have looked up to,” Klaus said. “Running against her, my coach said ‘Listen to me.’ When I was in my third lap, he said ‘Go!’ Even if I didn’t win, I wanted to see if I could go. I wanted to see if I could beat her.”

Klaus beat Openshaw by a little more than a second to break her own personal mark by more than four seconds.

The boys 1,600 featured another personal best as St. Joseph junior Sean Snyder held off St. Augustine’s Parker Woodruff. Snyder, a junior who finished with a time of 4:33.79, had not run the mile all season but still broke his personal mark by nine seconds.

Snyder will be heading to Belize on a mission trip later this month and he said he wanted to put up a really strong time on Friday before he spent eight days more preoccupied with service.

“A lot of helping little kids, going to orphanages and helping kids with HIV,” Snyder said of his upcoming eight-day trip. “That will be fun. I’m looking forward to it. It will be a mental break from this.”

Friday Knight Invite Results


Adaptive Shot Put — Andrew Motley, Sandalwood, 17-8 ¾

High Jump — Bryce Quiett, Middleburg, 6-2

Pole Vault — Aaron Mago, Nease, 12-6

*Long Jump — Trevon Laidler, Raines, 23-9½

Triple Jump — Trevon Laidler, Raines, 45-1¾

Discus — Dylan Jones, Bishop Kenny, 138-05

*Shot Put — Walker Bean, Fernandina Beach, 48-11½

3,200 meter relay — Creekside, 8:25.22

*800 meter relay — Sandalwood (Michael Merriweather, Julian House, Damon Jones, Ameer Speed) 1:27.60

**6,400 meter relay — Creekside (Reece Duff, Jackson Storey, Nick Deal, Matt Clark), 17:40.78

*110 Hurdles — Jehkary Long, Sandalwood, 14.73

100 meters — Willie Wright, Raines, 10.83

1,600 meters — Sean Snyder, St. Joseph Academy, 4:33.79

*400 meter relay — Sandalwood, (Michael Merriweather, Julian House, Jehkary Long, Ameer Speed), 41.53

400 meters — Marlon Brooks, Raines, 49.92

*300 meter hurdles — Chase Bonham, Raines, 38.30

*Butch Helmley 800 meters — Jackson Storey, Creekside, 1:54.51

200 meters — Larry Grier, Raines, 21.92

3,200 meters — Matthew Clark, Creekside, 9:25.43

*1,600 meter relay — Raines ( Netanyahu Adams, Eddie Ausgood, Chase Bonham, Marlon Brooks), 3:24.74

Team Results

1.Raines 119

2.Creekside 101

3.Sandalwood 85

4.Bartram Trail 65

5.Bishop Kenny 46

T8. St. Augustine 39

11.Nease 22

T17.St. Joseph 10

T18. Menendez 10

19.Ponte Vedra 9


#High Jump — Nazah Reddick, Raines, 5-6.

Pole Vault — Ashton Lundy, Bishop Kenny, 10-0

Long Jump — Caroline Johnston, Episcopal, 17-2¼

*Triple Jump — Briana Washington, Creekside, 37-6¾

Discus — Deonna Munnerlyn, Lake City Columbia, 107-10

Shot Put — Caitlin McGee, Sandalwood, 36-5¾

3,200 meter relay — Providence, 10:40.74

*800 meter relay — Raines, 1:44.83

6,400 meter relay — Creekside, 23:04.78

100 Hurdles — Caroline Johnston, Episcopal, 15.51

100 meters — Allison Holland, Creekside 12.33

1,600 meters — Rose Klaus, St. Augustine, 5:33.86

400 meter relay — Raines, 49.98

400 meters — Allison McCormack, Ponte Vedra, 1:01.08

300 meter hurdles — Corliss Holland, Raines, 48.02

800 meters — Reagan Darrah, Ponte Vedra, 2:24.39

200 meters — Allison Holland, Creekside 25.10

*3,200 meters — Claire Moritz, Ponte Vedra, 11:05.25

1,600 meter relay — Creekide (Beverley Thompson, Briana Washington, Allison Holland, Jaden Fields), 4:09.60

Team Results

1.Creekside 130.50

2.Raines 82

3.Ponte Vedra 77.50

4.Episcopal 75

5.St. Augustine 54

8.Bartram Trail 39

9.Nease 36

18.Menendez 7

#Tied meet record

*New meet record

**New state record