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Fri. April 29, 2011 | Bob Putnam | Email

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WINTER PARK — Tampa Prep’s Carly Reiner was not sure how well she would do in the triple jump at the Class A state meet.

“I was sick all week and didn’t get to jump that much,” Reiner said.

Still, on her second jump in the preliminaries, she delivered.

Reiner hit the board well and twice bounded low through the hop and step phases.

Then in the jump, she rose with remarkable power in the pit.

Reiner cleared a season-best 35 feet, 4 inches, good for fourth place.

“I was pleased with what I was able to do,” Reiner said. “I came close on a few other jumps on going farther than that.”

Reiner’s teammate, Claire Snyder, was eighth in the 3,200 (11:45.54).

Bishop McLaughlin’s Victoria Harris, the only participant from Pasco County (boy or girl), finished sixth in the discus with a throw of 117 feet, 6 inches.

On the boys side, Tampa Prep’s 4x800-meter relay team of Oscar Skjaerpe, Peire Dobbins, Miller Judge and Brian Steel finished fourth in a school-record 8 minutes, 12.78 seconds.

Carollwood Day’s Robert Davis was seventh in the 100 (11.30).

Admiral Farragut’s Rayshawn Jenkins was the only bay area athlete to win a state title in an individual event. The junior defended his title in the 110 hurdles, finishing first in 14.92 seconds.

Better still was how he won.

On the seventh hurdle, Jenkins’ shoe flew off. He was able to maintain his balance and cleanly cleared the final three hurdles without crashing.

“That’s never happened to me before,” Jenkins said. “I always make sure my shoes are tied on tight before a race. I could feel it coming off and I almost fell when it did. But I was able to keep my balance and win.

“I was fortunate.”

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