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District track: Distance events favor PHU girls; East Lake boys show off depth

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Wed. April 18, 2012 | Bob Putnam | Email

Palm Harbor University’s girls and East Lake’s boys took decidedly different routes to win team titles Wednesday at the Class 4A, District 5 meet at Seminole.

The Hurricanes, who relied on their strength in distance events, scored 151.5 points to beat East Lake by 42 in the girls meet.

On the boys side, the Eagles used their numbers in the sprints, relays and hurdles to outscore St. Petersburg 166-115.
Brianna Paczynski was the big point scorer for PHU, winning the 1600 (5:36.13) and 3200 (12:31.95) The Hurricanes also won the 4x100 (51.54) and 4x400 (4:14.91) relays.

Pinellas Park’s Deterrica Simpkins was the other girl athlete to win multiple events, taking first in the 100 (12.72) and 200 (26.78).

East Lake’s two individual boys champions were Matthias Maynard in the 100 (11.39) and Elijah Thomas in the 110 hurdles (16.50). But the Eagles gobbled up points in the relays, where they won the 4x100 (44.32), 4x400 (3:36.28) and finished second in the 4x800 (8:52.92).

East Lake’s depth also showed with the top three place winners and four of the top six in the 110 hurdles.

St. Petersburg’s David Jones had the top individual performance with victories in the long jump (21-8), triple jump (44-9) and 200 (22.91). Seminole’s Jacob Hudak won the 1600 (4:37.26) and 3200 (10:03.55).

Full results can be found here.

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