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Ardley wins title for Bradford at district meet

Keaaris Ardley won the high-jump championship, while fellow Bradford High School teammates helped the Tornadoes qualify for regionals in five other events at the District 5-2A track and field meet on April 10 in Gainesville.

Ardley cleared 6-2 in the high jump, which was 6 inches better than runner-up William Barlow of Palatka.

The top four finishers in each event qualified for the Thursday, April 17, Region 2 meet at Orlando’s First Academy.

Bradford’s Kenny Dinkins was the district runner-up in the 400m with a time of 49.63, which placed him behind champion Ka’ven Berry of Palatka, who had a time of 49.07. The boys’ 4x400m relay team of Ardley, Dinkins, Chris Barron and Brenton Ruise placed third with a time of 3:38.80. Diontre Jonas placed third in the 200m with a time of 22.59 and fourth in the 100m with a time of 11.03.

Sarah Frederick earned the lone regional berth for Bradford on the girls’ side, placing fourth in the 1600m with a time of 6:21.72.

Frederick just missed qualifying in the 3200m, placing fifth with a time of 15:49.62.

Dinkins and Barron also earned fifth-place finishes—Dinkins in the 200m with a time of 22.80 and Barron in the 400m with a time of 52.97.

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