Track: Lakewood's hot start continues in St. Petersburg City Championships
The Lakewood Spartans made it two-for-two, or four-for-four rather, in the second big track and field invitational of the season.
The fifth annual St. Petersburg City Track and Field Championships unfolded at Northside Christian on Thursday, and the Spartans swept both boys and girls titles. Northside gave Lakewood a run on both sides. The Lakewood boys won 137-112 over the Mustangs and the girls won 162-128.
The Lakewood boys were led by sprinter Terence Ware and hurdler Jordan Williams. Williams had a huge day, setting down two coveted meet records set by current UF hurdler, junior bronze medalist and former Lakewood star TJ Holmes.
"Even before (Holmes), guys who have done well here leave a legacy for the next class of students," Lakewood boys coach Anthony Snead said.
Both of Holmes' hurdle marks went down as Williams won with a personal-record 14.34 seconds in the 110 meters and 38.31 in the 300. Both marks are the third-best marks in Florida this season.
"I've been telling TJ (Holmes) since my freshman year I was going to beat his records," Williams said. "He's a guy I really look up to and I feel like I'm almost there."
Ware won the 100 in 10.66, setting down former Gibbs star Trayvon Bromell's 10.72. Ware got a big push from Admiral Farragut's Alex Gray, who came in second at 10.77 in the 100 and beat Ware to the tape in the 200, 22.06 to Ware's 22.35. Ware's 10.66 ranks third in the state in the early part of the season, even if it wasn't wind legal.
"It's motivating and there's always a good vibe; we both know each other and either of us could win on any given day," Gray said.
Ware and Gray go back several years competing against each other, and they've both run on the same AAU team for the past three years.
The Blue Jackets won the 4x100 relay in 43.99, but it was due to a Lakewood exchange out of the zone.
The Lakewood girls put on a show, headlined by sophomore Jamesha Moorer sweeping the 100 (11.90) and the 200 (24.84), and helping the girls 4x100 relay to a win in 49.38. The 100 and 4x100 times were meet records, and the 24.84 was a personal record for Moorer.
Beyond the sprints, AFA point-scoring machine Katie Barnett had an off day in the jumps, only making 17-0 in the long jump (still plenty good enough to win it) and scratched all three tries in the triple jump as the shorter runway at Northside could not accommodate Barnett's long approach. Still, Barnett hit 39 feet last week at Berkeley Prep, so she's off to a fine start.
Barnett also ran a leg on the winning 4x400 relay (4:20.82). Sharing in that relay was Ashaunti Brown, who swept the girls throws for a third straight year. Brown holds both shot and disc meet records from last year and came out on Thursday with an injured ankle that forced her to do a standing throw in the shot and a one-turn throw in the disc.
"At first, we didn't know if I would throw at all today but I wanted to get out here and defend my titles," Brown said.
Shorecrest's Olivia Rovin won the 1600 in 5:28.76 and the 800 in 2:26.03 (meet record). Chargers teammate Luke Peterson was fresh off of taking third in the 5K at Gasparilla in the 15-19 age group. Peterson said that shin splints have been bothering him since but his 4:33.03 in the 1600 set a meet record.
Lakewood distance runner Hannah McAuliffe out-did her boyfriend again, winning the 3200 in 12:15.37, taking second behind Rovin in the 1600 (5:42.76) and helping the 4x800 relay to victory (10:35.04). McAuliffe's boyfriend, Justin Skyler Walker, took third in the 1600 and second in the 3200 behind AFA's Hunter McCann (10:25.14). Lakewood boys took second in the 4x800 behind Shorecrest's 8:39.62.
Gibbs' Marquez Walls and Northside’s Jeff Goodwin both cleared 6 feet in the high jump with Walls winning it on number of attempts at that height. Lakewood's Jakyra Brown split the hurdles with Northside's Natalie Chapman. Brown won the 300 in 48.90 and Chapman the 100 in 16.95.