TAMPA — After an average week of practice, Wharton girls coach Wes Newton wasn't so sure his girls could capture an eighth straight district title Friday evening.
But after his team ended up with 250 points in the 4A-6 championship at Gaither, 136 points more than second-place Alonso, Newton could only smile.
"If you would have asked me Monday or Tuesday, I would have told you we weren't going to be very good," Newton said. "Usually when we have really bad practices, we come out and do very well at the meets."
Multiple winners included Wharton's Stevondria Hardy, who won the 200 meters (25.78) and 400 (59.89), and Alonso's Maira Guadelupe, who won the 100 hurdles (16.66) and 300 hurdles (48.44).
On the boys side, Plant topped Chamberlain 205-145 after just missing out on winning the district crown last season.
"It's a great feeling because last year we got beat out by (Hillsborough)," Plant coach Shawn Balow said. "The guys really came together today and came out with a common goal."
The Panthers' relay squads performed well, winning the 4x100 (42.14) and 4x400 relays (3:24.45). Chamberlain's Max Del Monte took first in the 1,600 (4:29.97) and second in the 3,200 (10:03.47) behind teammate Mark Parrish (9:41.38).