TAMPA — Perennial champs Plant and Hillsborough were finally toppled Tuesday at Jefferson High for the Hillsborough County Track Championships.
For the girls, Steinbrenner roared out to an early lead with wins in the 4x800 and scored in almost every field event. The Warriors outpaced runnerup Wharton 91.5 to 78 to claim their first county title.
The girls 4x800 relay of Tiyera Joseph, Samyah Maddox, Alex Sikoryak and Emily Petrus chopped a whopping 17 seconds off their time from a week ago. The girls ran a 9:36.24, now the seventh-best time in the state.
The boys race was a photo finish. Newsome, Hillsborough, Armwood and Jefferson all were within five points of each other heading into the final two events. A formidable anchor leg from 400 winner Todd Jackson helped Newsome to fifth place in the 4x400 and just enough team points to edge Hillsborough 61.7 to 57.
“I was dying but it was awesome,” Newsome coach Kevin Sharpe said. “The kids did a great job all day and I knew they were tired; they just had to dig down deep.”
The Wolves got big points in the pole vault with David Kornitzer going 13-7 to win it. Teammates Connor Sharpe and Jacob Hughes were second and fifth, respectively. Throwers Ossie Ogwo-Douglas and Carson Steinberg were third in disc and fifth in shot.
Other highlights of the day:
Spoto sprinter Janae Caldwell won the 200 (24.87) and 400 in a scorching 56.06, her best mark of the season and a top-10 state time.
East Bay’s James Hambrick won the boys 200 (21.85), then went 22-4 in the long jump to claim first. Alonso’s Lynette Robertson won the girls long jump (17-7) and triple jump (36-1), shattering her personal records in both.
Freedom’s Anel Smith won the girls 300 hurdles in 45.29, setting a personal record.
Middleton sprinters Shug Rhynes and Deja Rodgers claimed the boys and girls 100. Rhynes’ 10.68 and Rodgers’ 12.26 were top times of the season for both.
Sickles’ James Zentmeyer demolished the boys 3,200 field in 9:39.30, less than a second off Max del Monte’s (Chamberlain) meet record of 9:38.67.