PUNTA GORDA — Pinellas County athletes shined at last week's district meet. But their numbers were quickly thinned at Thursday's Class 3A, Region 3 meet, so much that the focus was on individual titles rather than team championships.
Only two county athletes, Lakewood's Kelvin White and Tarpon Springs' Maryah Finch, won titles in their signature events.
White won the 100 hurdles in 14.55 seconds. Finch took first in the 800 in 2:21.94.
The only Pinellas runner to place in multiple events was Northeast's Juarez Wynn, who was second in the 100 (10.83) and fourth in the 200 (21.99).
The rest of the meet belonged to athletes from Hillsborough County.
Hillsborough beat host Punta Gorda Charlotte 96-71.5 to win its third straight boys region title.
"We've been crunching numbers for a while and knew we had a chance," Hillsborough coach Joey Sipp said. "We had some guys come through with big wins."
The Terriers' Terrence Mitchell won the long jump (24 feet, 2½ inches) and triple jump (47-8¾). He also took second in the 300 hurdles. Teammate Lindsey Lamar, a USF recruit, defended his region titles in the 100 and 200. He beat Wynn in the 100 with a time of 10.69. In the 200, Lamar won in 21.85, beating Charlotte's Mike Bellamy by .012 seconds. Lamar also added a title in the 400.
Ron Washington was the Terriers' other champion in the high jump (6-4).
On the girls side, Wharton overwhelmed the competition, scoring 115 points to beat Palmetto by 66.
Amani Bryant led the Wildcats with dominating victories in the 100 (14.88) and 300 hurdles (43.39). She also anchored the winning 4x400 relay team.
The Wildcats Alyssa Franks won the 1600 (5:16) and finished second in the 3200 and London Enos took first in the pole vault (11-0). Wharton's 4x800 relay also won in 9:40.
Other county girls champions were Newsome's Ilana Armati in the discus (103-2) and Jessica Sykes in the high jump (5-2), Armwood's Corlissa Pope in the shot put (35-7) and Tampa Bay Tech's LaShae White (56.24).