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Niceville Track & Field Championships

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District Domination

Niceville Track & Field was faced with the new challenge of moving from class 3A to 4A in 2021, and we think we've "made a statement". The class of 2021 executed a perfect six-year sweep of the District Championships for both girls and boys. As Niceville leaves behind their former District rivals, the margin of victory at the 2018/2019 3A District Championships over Fort Walton Beach was 543.5 to 274.5 (girls), and 478 to 308 (boys). COVID-19 shut down the 2020 season, and the 2021 Eagles fought to preserve the 2020 Eagle's legacy. The 2021 Eagles delivered, and made a statement against their new 4A District foes by outscoring them 309 to 85 (girls), and 237 to 126 (boys). The 2022 Eagles won (girls) 274-147 over Gainesville Buchholtz, (boys) 194.5-139 over Gainesville Buchholtz. This would set the tone for historical Regional and State Title runs...The 2021 Eagles went on to win the men's State Championship, while the women took State Runner-up. The 2022 season truly set high expectations for what Class 4A can expect from Niceville.

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Regional Pride

The 2022 Eagles picked-up on where the 2021 Eagles started. They swept the 2022 FHSAA Class 4A Region 1 Championship for the second year in a row. The class of 2021 made history by sweeping for both genders. This was the boys second-ever Regional Championship in school history, and marked the fourth Regional Title for the girls. Led by field events and hurdles the Eagles turned heads at Flagler Palm Coast High School, and set the tone for an even more historical feat at the State Meet. This domination began in 2017, led by Abbie Harrelson's 35 points, the Girls took home the program's first-ever Regional Championship. They bested powerhouses Pensacola Pine Forest and Tallahassee Lincoln by 24 points. The 2019 Girls team dominated in the field events to win the program's second Regional Championship. Before the running events ever began, the field events scored 82 points, with the final score being 109 - 83 (over rival Pine Forest). The 2020 team was predicted to win for both genders at the 4A Region 1 Championships until COVID-19 stopped everything.

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State Championship SWEEP

In 2022, Mitchell Ratley became Coach Webb's third Shot Put State Champion (Niceville's fourth), winning the State Championship in 2022, while teammate Noah Harmon earned State Runner-Up. Massimo Grisotto became Niceville High School's first-ever State Champion in the Discus with a throw of 60.95m, while teammates Mitchell Ratley and Noah Harmon earned State Runner-Up and the Bronze medals. Lilly Chouinard became Niceville's second-ever State Champion in the Women's Pole Vault, while Skye Tolbert earned State Runner-Up (both breaking the school record formerly held by Maddy Kish). Skye Tolbert became Niceville's first-ever State Champion in the 100mH, while Jasmine Dereje became Niceville's first-ever State Champion in the 300mH - both were juniors. Both shattered the Niceville school records. Aidan Boyd repeated as the Back-to-Back State Champion in the Javelin Throw to become Niceville's most decorated male athlete in ALL sports. Aidan has four State medals, and they're all GOLD! Blake Orr earned State Runner-Up in the Javelin Throw, while Nathan Stepp earned fourth. Niceville's women's 4x400m Relay earned a State Runner-Up placement running a 3:52.26 (Muka Dillon, Aleena Ponto, Yaremi Figueroa, Jasmine Dereje). In 2021, the Javelin Throw was swept by the Niceville Eagles. Mak Ely and Aidan Boyd were both named the 4A State Champions, while Megan Hague and Nathan Stepp were named the State Runner-Ups - all in the Javelin Throw. Kendell Mosley became Niceville's first-ever High Jump State Champion. Ben Miazga became Niceville's third-ever Shot Put State Champion, while Lily Chouinard and Reagan Howell earned State Runner-Up and the Bronze medals in Pole Vault (Skye Tolbert and Aleena Ponto earned 4th and 5th). Maddy Kish became Niceville Track & Field's first ever female individual gold medalist winning back-to-back State Championships in 2018/2019 for Girls Pole Vault. In 2019, junior Kobe Babin, won the State Title in Boys Pole Vault; producing both male and female state champions in Pole Vault for Niceville. In 2017 Edward "Ed" Shelikoff earned State Runner-Up in the Discus with a monster throw of 61.16m. Abbie Harrelson, Alexis Sherwin, Erin Eubanks and Hannah Schneidewind accomplished the same a few years later, winning gold in the 2017 Girls 4x800 (defeating national powerhouse Miami Northwestern). On the field side, Charlie Tidwell was the 2010 State Champion in the Boys Shot Put, while Eli West added another Shot Put Title in 2018. Thomas Howell was the 2013 State Champion in the 3200m, while Nick Morken won the 1,600m in the same year. A year later, Thomas and Nick, accompanied by Tripp Davis and Jack Massey, became the first relay in our program's history winning the gold in the 2014 Boys 4x800.

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