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Thu. April 26, 2012 | Joey Knight | Email

TAMPA — East Lake receiver Artavis Scott estimates he intersperses two to three track workouts a week into his football training schedule.

“Lift, track, 7-on-7, training, home,” Scott said of his normal after-school schedule.

Hardly the itinerary of a track junkie. In fact, one might say Scott has dabbled his way to the state meet.

A Division I prospect with early offers from USF and Florida State, Scott won the triple jump with a personal-best effort (44 feet, 7.5 inches) and placed third in the long jump with another personal record (22-3) at Wednesday’s Class 4A, Region 2 meet at Leto.

The top four finishers in each event earned berths in next weekend’s state meet in Jacksonville.

“It’s up there,” Scott said when asked how his state-qualifying day rates among his athletic feats. “Making it as a sophomore, that’s pretty good to me.”

Scott was among several Pinellas standouts at the 10 1/2-hour event, held in conjunction with the 3A-2 meet on a warm west Tampa day that segued into a windbreaker-worthy night.

Pinellas Park’s girls put on a veritable field events clinic. Senior Abby Vivlamore won the pole vault with a personal-best height (11 feet, 3 inches), while Patriots wrestling teammates Jasmine Laska and Jenna Sperna won the girls discus and shot put, respectively.

“In the end I kind of just had to get my head together, push myself to the limits and give it all I had,” said Vivlamore, who placed just ahead of Countryside’s Mary Margaret Mason (10-6) and Clearwater’s Courtney O’Donoghue (10-0).

Laska’s winning discus effort (128 feet, 5 inches), achieved in the preliminaries, was a personal record. Sperna, who earned her fourth consecutive state meet berth, won her event with a 37-1 put and placed second in the discus with a personal-best throw (121-8).

Elsewhere, St. Petersburg junior Cayman Ellis won the boys pole vault (14-6), while teammates David Jones (long, triple jumps) and Jeremy Kerr (discus, shot put) both earned a pair of runnerup finishes.

Other local state qualifiers: Countryside’s Victoria Jackson (third in girls triple jump) and Kristof Williams (fourth in boys 800), Pinellas Park sophomore Deterrica Simpkins (third in girls 200), Seminole senior Jacob Hudak (third in boys 3,200) and the St. Petersburg and Palm Harbor University girls 4x100 relay teams (second and fourth, respectively).

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