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3A-11 track: Lakewood girls get slim victory; boys win easily

Lakewood’s Julian Battiest strides during the 400. The Spartans edged out Northeast by three points for the team title. The Spartans boys also won a title.


Lakewood’s Julian Battiest strides during the 400. The Spartans edged out Northeast by three points for the team title. The Spartans boys also won a title.

ST. PETERSBURG — Lakewood's girls held a one point lead over Northeast heading into the final event Wednesday at the Class 3A, District 11 meet.

All the Spartans had to do to stay on top was beat the Vikings in the 4x400 relay.

Kiona Anderson made sure of it.

Anderson, a senior, took the baton on the anchor leg of Lakewood's relay and maintained the lead her teammates had given her to win the event in 4 minutes, 21.45 seconds — nearly seven seconds ahead of runnerup Northeast.

The win gave the Spartans 136 points, enough to beat the Vikings by three.

"I just tried to give everything I had out there, especially on that leg in the 4x400, so we could win it all," Anderson said.

Lakewood's girls won the Pinellas County Athletic Conference title last week. But there was some doubts whether the Spartans could win a district title after Kala Funderburk broke her wrist at the conference meet.

Anderson did her part to make up for Funderburk's absence by winning the 100 hurdles (15.38) and 300 hurdles (47.56) and finishing second in the triple jump (33 feet, 3 inches). The Spartans also got wins from Cierra Blackshear in the 100 (13.06) and Brianna Forde in the 400 (1:03.54).

Osceola's Alexis Irwin dominated the middle and distance events, winning the 800 (2:29.43), 1,600 (5:31.03) and 3,200 (12:00.96).

The Spartans boys had little trouble winning the boys team title, scoring 154 to beat by 29.

Kelvin White was the only Lakewood boys athlete to win more than one individual event, taking first in the long jump (20-5) and 110 hurdles (14.46). The Spartans' Bruce Blackshear won the 400 (51.01) and ran a blistering anchor leg on the 4x400 relay to surpass Gibbs for first in 3:33.57.

Northeast's Juarez Wynn also had a banner day by dominating the sprints. The senior won the 100 in 10.82 and the 200 in 22.16. Gibbs' James Ham won the high jump (6-2) and triple jump (42-2).

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3A-11 track: Lakewood girls get slim victory; boys win easily 04/23/09 [Last modified: Thursday, April 23, 2009 12:32am]
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