PUNTA GORDA — Hillsborough’s boys had a stranglehold on region team titles, winning four straight. A fifth seemed within reach after a strong performance in the sprints at Thursday’s Class 3A, Region 3 meet at Charlotte.
The Terriers had the lead with just one running event left. There was just one problem. The results of the pole vault and the high jump were not finished.
And those were the events that hurt Hillsborough most. The host Tarpons won the high jump and placed fourth in the pole vault. The Terriers did not score in either event, allowing Charlotte to vault to the top with 83 points, seven ahead of Hillsborough.
“We just left too many points out there” Terriers coach Joey Sipp said.
Hillsborough’s Jeremiah Green won the long jump (23-9 ¼) and took second in the triple jump (46-7) with personal-best leaps in both. Anthony Brown also did well for the Terriers, winning the 100 (10.81) and 200 (22.18). Hillsborough’s 4x100 (41.52) and 4x800 (8:04) teams were each second and the 4x400 (3:21) third.
“We just needed to get some guys through in some events that we didn’t,” Sipp said. “But we should still be in the mix for a top-five finish at state.”
Hillsborough County’s other boys champions were Plant City’s Javonte Sykes in the triple jump (47-6.5) and Jefferson’s 4x100 relay (41.49).
On the girls side, the Terriers finished third with 60 points. Lakewood won the title with 75.
Nerricka Williams led Hillsborough with individual titles in the 100 hurdles (14.59) and 300 hurdles (45.12) and ran a leg on the winning 4x400 relay team (3:56).
Armwood’s Sarah Blevins took first in the discus (105-0). Durant’s Grace VanDeGrift was second in the 1,600 (5:04) and 3,200 (11:13).