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4A-6: Gaither takes both team track crowns

Class 4A, district 6

Gaither comes away with both team titles

TAMPA — Gaither's girls and boys took championships with relative ease at the district meet Thursday night, and several individuals starred as well.

Gaither's girls won nine events to post 218 points. Lakeland was second at 82.50, followed by East Bay (79), Chamberlain (76.50) and Bloomingdale (56).

On the boys side, Gaither tallied 133.50 points, followed by Chamberlain (118), Plant City (82.50), Riverview (82) and Lakeland (71.50).

The top four boys and girls in each event advance to the Class 4A region meet at Gaither on April 24.

Gaither's girls were led by Rikka Lovely, who won the 100 and 200 meters, as well as the triple jump. The Cowboy girls were dominant in the field events as well, posting wins in the high jump, discus and pole vault.

Yesenia Perez won both the 100- and 300-meter hurdles, and the Gaither girls took the 4x400 meter relay race as well.

The Gaither boys received a dominant performance from Aaron Overton, who won the 110 and 300 hurdles, as well as the high jump.

Gaither's Brooks Wells placed second in one of the meet's closest races, finishing second to Chamberlain's Mark Parrish in the 3,200. Parrish finished at 9:54.47 while Wells was at 9:54.74.

The sprints proved interesting as well as Chamberlain's Dentarius Locke won the 100, 200 and 400 but had competition, especially in the 200. Locke barely slipped past Lakeland's Benjamin McRoy in the 200, winning in 21.46 seconds while McRoy was at 21.48.

"It felt good to win but I wasn't happy," Locke said after the race. "That was a dogfight. I had to hit an extra gear at the stretch.

"I have to work on getting out of the blocks. I have to work a little harder before the regionals and state."

Rod Gipson, Times correspondent

4A-6: Gaither takes both team track crowns 04/17/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 10:38am]
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