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Wed. March 7, 2012 | Bob Putnam | Email

ST. PETERSBURG — Another week, another team title for Lakewood’s boys track team.

The host Spartans, who dominated the relays and the field events, won the title at the West Coast Invitational, outscoring Boca Ciega 133-106 Wednesday. Lakewood won the St. Petersburg City championships and the Richard Allen Relays the past two weeks also by getting past the Pirates.

“It always seems to come down to us and Boca Ciega,” Lakewood coach Anthony Snead said.

Shaquem Griffin, who was named field event MVP, was a scoring machine for the Spartans. He won the triple jump and discus and ran a leg on the winning 4x100 and 4x400 relays.

Gibbs’ Trayvon Bromell was the boys running event MVP after taking first in the 100 and 200.

“I just want to stay humble and keep working hard,” Bromell said. “I got off to a better start in the 200, but I felt I did well in both. I just want to keep getting better.”

The girls side came down to the usual suspects, Lakewood and Osceola. The teams have battled for county supremacy the past two seasons with meets that are not decided until the end.

Wednesday was no different.

The Warriors dominated the distance events. The Spartans took care of the sprints.

The team title came down to the final race, the 4x400. Osceola finished fourth, one spot ahead of Lakewood.

That was the difference as the Warriors edged the Spartans by a half-point (94.5-94).

Osceola distance specialist Alexis Irwin was named the girls running event MVP. She won the 800 and 3200 and took second in the 1600.

Boca Ciega’s Chaise-Cook Martin was the field events MVP. She won the long jump and took first in the triple jump by setting a meet record with a leap of 38 feet.

That’s not all. Cook-Martin won the 100 hurdles. She nearly won the 300 hurdles, too, but stumbled at the finish line and took second.

“Chaise came out strong in the field events and kept going,” Pirates coach Cheryl Green said. “It was quite the meet for her.”

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