Track: Miscue gives Lakewood boys edge at Richard Allen Relays

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Sat. March 3, 2012 | Bob Putnam | Email

PINELLAS PARK — A week after winning the St. Petersburg City championships, Lakewood’s boys track team came through again with a team title Friday at the Richard Allen Relays.

Much like the previous week, the Spartans’ toughest competition came from Boca Ciega.

The Pirates, who won four events to Lakewood’s two, would have won had they not been disqualified in the 4x100 relay after a muffed exchange. That gave the Spartans just enough to outscore Boca Ciega, 75-68.5.

“We knew Boca Ciega was going to be right there with us,” Lakewood coach Anthony Snead said. “They had some slipups. But we did, too. I think we’re starting to come around.”

Shaquem and Shaquille Griffin helped the Spartans win the long jump by nearly 2 inches over the Pirates. Lakewood also took first in the 4x800 and 4x400 relays.

Boca Ciega, led by Kinard Davis, won the high jump, 4x200, shuttle hurdle and 1000 sprint relays.

But it was not enough to match the depth of the Spartans, who placed in the top three in all but one event.

“We have a lot of guys that people know who did well, but some others stepped up, too,” Snead said. “Those under-the-radar type guys really helped us win.”

The other boys champions were Countryside in the distance medley, East Lake in the 4x100 and Dunedin in the shot put and discus relays.

On the girls side, Osceola had the numbers to get past host Pinellas Park 60-56.

Alexis Irwin helped the Warriors win the 4x800 and distance medley. Osceola also was strong in the field events, taking first in the high jump, pole vault and discus relays.

The Patriots’ only win came in the shot put relay. Lakewood, which finished third overall, won four events, the 4x100, 4x200, 1000 sprint and shuttle hurdle relays. Largo won the 4x400 and long jump.

Boys
Team scores

Lakewood 75, Boca Ciega 68.5, East Lake 47, Dunedin 37, Largo 34, Countryside 30, Pinellas Park 26.5, Gibbs 26, St. Petersburg 15, Osceola 13

Results
4x100 - East Lake 43.80, Lakewood 44.40, Largo 44.75; 4x200 - Boca Ciega 1:33.16, Gibbs 1:34.97, Lakewood 1:35.07; 4x400 - Lakewood 3:27, Pinellas Park 3:36, East Lake 3:39; 4x800 - Lakewood 8:34, Countryside 8:42, East Lake 8:52; 1000 sprint medley - Boca Ciega 2:05, East Lake 2:06, Largo 2:08; Distance medley - Countryside 11:19, Dunedin 11:27, Lakewood 11:41; Meter shuttle hurdle - Boca Ciega 1:02.10, Lakewood 1:03, East Lake 1:05.72; High jump - Boca Ciega 16-4, Gibbs 16-3, East Lake 16-2; Pole vault - Pinellas Park 30-6, Boca Ciega 30-0, St. Petersburg 29-0; Long jump - Lakewood 59-2, Boca Ciega 57-6, Gibbs 56-1; Shot put - Dunedin 127-0, Largo 126-0, Lakewood 116-0; Discus - Dunedin 36-98, Lakewood 36-37, Boca Ciega 33.51

Girls
Team scores

Osceola 60, Pinellas Park 56, Lakewood 53.5, East Lake 42, Largo 41.5, Boca Ciega 36.5, St. Petersburg 30.5, Countryside 22, Dunedin 16, Gibbs 10

Results
4x100 - Lakewood 51.54, Pinellas Park 52.39, St. Petersburg 52.67; 4x200 - Lakewood 1:51.70, East Lake 1:54.10, Largo 1:56; 4x400 - Largo 4:22, Pinellas Park 4:23, Lakewood 4:25; 4x800 - Osceola 10:29.43, East Lake 10:40, Largo 10:57.91; 1000 sprint - Lakewood 2:25.87, Pinellas Park 2:30.39, Largo 2:31.07; Distance medley - Osceola 13:50, East Lake 13:58, St. Petersburg 14:17; Shuttle hurdle - Lakewood 1:17.74, Pinellas Park 1:20.47, Boca Ciega 1:21.95; High jump - Osceola 13-6, Countryside 13-4, East Lake 12-8; Pole vault - Osceola 28-0, Pinellas Park 27-5, Countryside 25-6; Long jump - Largo 4-29, St. Petersburg 4-28, Boca Ciega 4-28; Shot put - Pinellas Park 81-2, Boca Ciega 80-4, Osceola 76-8; Discus - Osceola 257-1, Dunedin 239-6, Countryside 238-0

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