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State track: Plant’s Guyton takes two 4A titles

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Sat. May 3, 2014 | Andy Warrener

State track: Plant’s Guyton takes two 4A titles

JACKSONVILLE — Jack Guyton of Plant rose above all other Hillsborough County athletes at Saturday’s Class 3A and 4A state meets, winning the 4A boys 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter championships.
 
Guyton has developed a signature final lap where he hits another gear, one most runners can’t handle. None could Saturday as
Guyton took the 1,600 in 4 minutes, 11.86 seconds, turning on the afterburners to win by more than four seconds in a race that saw a tight pack through three laps.
 
“We’ve worked on my kick for a long time,” Guyton said. “My last 400 was close to 56 seconds.”
 
In the 3,200 Guyton ran down Altamonte Springs Lake Brantley’s Kurt Convey, who had led the whole race. Guyton (9:20.35) won by nearly two seconds, completing his dominance of distance events to cap his junior campaign.
 
His performance helped the Panthers tie for seventh with 20 points, best among county teams.
 
Fort Lauderdale Saint Thomas Aquinas captured the 4A team title with 76 points.
 
In the field events, Hillsborough’s Dwayne Lawson braved a soaked runway to win the 3A boys triple jump title at 47 feet, 63/4 inches, just three-quarters of an inch off his mark on a dry runway at the region meet.
 
“It was nerve-wracking knowing that any step it could all be over,” Lawson said of the wet runway. “But I’m already looking forward to the Charles Johnson (the first major meet of next season).”
 
Lawson also grabbed seventh in the high jump at 6-2.
 
His big day gave the Terriers 12 points, tops among county 3A teams. Tallahassee Chiles took the championship with 38 points.
Spoto’s Mark McCoy, in his first time competing in field events at state, finished second in the triple jump at 45-1.
 
Jefferson’s Deiondre Porter capped his high school long jump career in dramatic fashion. Porter, on his final jump, went 23-6, three inches beyond his personal record and good for second place. Porter broke his spikes on his second-to-last attempt and had to switch his spikes for his denouement.
 
“This was the most exciting way to go out competing against maybe a future Gator (winner Tyler Byrd of Naples),” Porter said.
 
Middleton sprinter Shug Rhynes was third in the 3A boys 100 after injuring his heel earlier in the meet. He wasn’t the only one dealing with an injury as Gaither’s Samson Moore, a favorite in the 300 hurdles, injured his knee two days before the meet. He still made the final but struck the second-to-last hurdle in the finals and sunk to sixth place in 39.60. Jordan Greene of Armwood (40.16) was just behind him in seventh.
 
The Bloomingdale boys took third in the 4x800 relay in 7:54.07, beating their region mark by more than 12 seconds.
 
Todd Jackson of Newsome took third in the 4A boys 400 in 48.03.

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