SEFFNER — Competing for the first time since his disqualification from the county meet for using profanity, Hillsborough senior Terrence "T-Rex" Mitchell didn't utter a peep Friday.
It was far too painful to do so.
Three days after having his six-week suspension reduced by the Florida High School Athletic Association in time to compete in Friday's Class 3A, District 9 meet, Mitchell quietly won three events and placed third in another to propel the Terriers to the team title.
Yet for a guy who had every reason to smile, Mitchell couldn't. A wisdom tooth infection that seeped into his throat and stomach left Mitchell barely able to open his mouth while winning the long jump (22 feet, 1.5 inches), 100 meters (10.84 seconds) and 400 (49.74).
"I'm just trying to do enough to get through (to regionals)," said Mitchell, sounding as if he had a mouth full of granola.
Terriers coach Joe Sipp said Mitchell was hospitalized briefly earlier in the week and had to return when he received the wrong prescription. Yet despite not practicing, the USF football signee still won the 400 handily enough to decelerate the final 15 or so meters.
"He's in a lot of pain," Sipp said. "He just did what he had to do to get out (of districts)."
Mitchell's presence helped Hillsborough avenge its narrow loss to Armwood at the county meet 17 days before.
Seniors Carlton Walton (triple jump) and Adolphus Barnes (discus), junior Brandon McFadden (shot put) and two Terriers relay teams also won district titles. Mitchell and Sickles senior Julian Gines (800 and 1,600) were the only individuals to win multiple events.
The Terriers girls, meantime, got a huge day from Narricka Williams to win their fifth consecutive district team title.
Williams set a personal record in the 100 hurdles (15.48), won the 300 hurdles and anchored the winning 4x400 relay team.
Elsewhere, King freshman Sandra Akachukwu won the 200 and high jump, East Bay's Nakia Love prevailed in both the long and triple jumps, and Durant's Grace VanDeGrift won the 1,600 and 3,200.
Plant City valedictorian and Auburn signee Erika Kolakowski won the 800 by nearly 10 seconds and anchored the Raiders' winning 4x800 relay team. Plant City was third when the baton got to Kolakowski, who took the lead on the far turn and won by more than two seconds.
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