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4A-5 track: Wehunt brothers give Sickles kick it needs

TRINITY — The Class 4A, District 5 track and field meet Wednesday night at Mitchell went pretty much as expected:

The Wehunts dominated. Alonso flexed its muscles, literally. And Countryside captured both team titles.

Though not nearly as dominant as they were last year, the Cougar boys were able to use a late kick — they trailed by 41 points after 11 events — to score 177.75 points, safely outdistancing Largo (151.75), Sickles (110) and Alonso (65).

The Cougar girls suffered a baton mishap in the 4x400 relay — the night's final race — and were unable to score any points, but Mitchell couldn't capitalize and settled for second 103-98. Alonso was fourth (78) and Sickles was sixth (69).

The Gryphon boys were led by the brothers Wehunt — Derek was on cruise control in winning the 1,600 and 3,200 in times of 4:25.94 and 9:37.47 respectively; Daniel was second in the 1,600 and ran away with the 800.

And though they don't typically run it, both brothers also chipped in by running the 400. Derek won his preliminary in 51.51 seconds, which was just .02 off the winning time in the final.

In the final, however, Derek was fifth in 54.81, while Daniel was seventh.

The brothers combined for 44 points.

And the weren't the only Gryphons to win events — James Carl won the pole vault with a 13-foot, 6-inch clear.

Alonso got first-place showings from Demonte McAlllister in the shot put (48-71/2) and GiGi Petion in the high jump (6 feet).

McAllister also took second in the discus, while Jordon Smith was second in the 200 and third in the long jump.

On the girls side, Sickles' 4x100 relay team took first, while Gryphon Nicole Smith won the pole vault and Brittany Baldwin (high jump) and Celine Innocent (100) took seconds.

Alonso's Iesha Campbell teamed with McAllister to nearly give the Raven throwers a sweep of their events. Her discus toss of 110 feet, 3 inches and shot put of 36 feet, 31/2 inches were both easily long enough to give her victories in the those events.

4A-5 track: Wehunt brothers give Sickles kick it needs 04/23/09 [Last modified: Thursday, April 23, 2009 12:18am]
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