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4A-2 track: Mitchell's Trinidad leads way to state

TAMPA — Mitchell wanted to get as many competitors to state as possible.

That's the goal for any team in a region track meet.

Mustangs runner Ricky Trinidad is one of those runners, a kid who just a few months ago cracked his fibula during football, who wondered if he would be ready to run track.

Now he's headed to the state meet along with four other Mustangs.

"I did what I could do to get myself better," Trinidad said. "It paid off."

Trinidad advanced in the 200 with fourth place and a time of 22.26, Sebastian Ruiz in the 800 (third place, 1:58.95), Brandon Mundy in the high jump (fourth with a 6-0 jump) and Caitlin Young in the high jump (fourth with 5-0 jump).

Mitchell finished 13th in boys competition with 22.5 points, 22nd for the girls with 11 points.

Arguably the biggest story of the night was Chamberlain senior Dentarius Locke, who is one of the nation's fastest runners.

The Chiefs speedster won the 100 and 200 with blistering times of 10.31 and 20.81, respectively. His 100 is among the top five times in the nation, and his 200 stands alone.

"I PR'd (personal record) big time today," Locke said. "… I'm excited. … My long-term goal is to get to the Olympics."

Trying to win state titles next week for Locke is a given. He'd also like to break state records.

But Thursday was about the national spotlight, and Locke said he looks at the national rankings daily. He can give various directions along the Internet road maps to sites that keep those times updated.

Locke shared the sprint spotlight with teammate Amanda Leland, who a year ago did not make the region final and recently took visits to Kentucky and Central Florida.

This year she won the 100 (12.10) and 200 (25.45).

"I was crushed," Leland said of last year's performance in her first year of running. "This year I wanted to come back and make my name known, show people I really can run."

4A-2 track: Mitchell's Trinidad leads way to state 04/30/09 [Last modified: Thursday, April 30, 2009 11:09pm]
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