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ST. PETERSBURG — There is one event Northside Christian coach Jeff Goodwin loves coaching during the postseason and that’s the 4x400-meter relay.
When his girls’ 4x400 team was disqualified Thursday afternoon in the Class A, District 9 meet at Shorecrest Prep, it seemed to be the only thing that went wrong for the Mustangs.
Northside easily outpointed the field for the team titles, with girls and boys finishing 135 and 65 points, respectively, in front of Indian Rocks Christian.
“Our first leg kind of moved a little bit and that caused the disqualification,” Goodwin said. “You know, it hurts bad since it’s my favorite event. But both our teams ran great today. We had several take multiple events this afternoon and we’re looking forward to going down to Seacrest Country Day (for regionals) and improving.”
The slight error in the 4x400 would not overshadow the superb day Goodwin’s girls had out on the rubber track, as distance runner Katelyn Greenleaf stayed in top form by taking the 800 (2:22) and 1,600 meters (5:18). Teammate Asia Olds took the long jump (5.29) and the 200 meters (25.93).
Bishop McLaughlin’s Victoria Harris was impressive in winning both the discus (117-6) and the shot put (33-5).
The Northside Christian boys had similar results, with athletes doing well in multiple events. The Mustangs’ Evan Howard led the way by taking the 100 meters (11.34) and finishing second in the 200 (23.04). Also, Mustangs’ distance runner Mario Ojeda capped a good day by claiming a title in the 1,600 meters (4:42) and finishing second in the 800 (2:03.07).
Indian Rocks Christian senior jumper Jon Kistemaker had a solid day, with a district title in the pole vault (13 feet) and a fourth-place finish in the triple jump (39-11).