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4A-7 track: Newsome nabs its first crown

RIVERVIEW — Newsome junior Andrew Dowse didn't just turn in the longest long jump in school history Thursday.

He turned in the five longest long jumps in its history.

It was his jump of 22 feet, 11/2 inches, though, that was enough to win the event and frame the Wolves' first district championship at the Class 4A, District 7 meet at Spoto.

Newsome scored 133 points, beating out runnerup Sarasota Riverview (111).

Dowse wasn't the only record-setter for Newsome. Adam Mallady won the 100 meters in 10.91 seconds, the fastest time ever for a Wolves sprinter. Dowse beat the previous mark in the 100 — but 16/100ths of a second after Mallady beat him to the finish line.

"Everybody stepped it up (Thursday night)," Newsome coach Kevin Sharp said. "We had a lot of personal records out there."

Newsome was especially strong at the longer distances. Isaac Baker, Michael Zwijacz and Michael Tourgee finished 2-3-4 in the 800 (behind winner Paul Pandl of Bloomingdale, who finished in 2:00.40).

Zwijacz and Tourgee also went 1-2 in the 1,600, and Lars Benner grabbed second in the 3,200.

Ryan Jameston won the pole vault for Newsome.

On the girls side, Tampa Bay Tech, already down injured senior standout 400 specialist La'Shae White coming into the meet, lost senior sprinter Tanesha Maxwell to a hamstring injury as well after she pulled up in the 100 and could not continue.

Her absence cost the Titans valuable points in the 100, 200 and 4x100 relay (which they were seeded No. 1 but finished fourth without her) as they finished third overall with 97 points.

Sarasota Riverview won with 124.5.

Without the seniors, the younger Titans stepped up. Freshman Jasmyn Perry won the triple jump (34 feet, 11/2 inches) and 400 (58.19 seconds) and sophomore Jasmine Wright won the 100 (12.4) and 200 (26.05).

The Titans also advanced their 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams to next week's regional meet at Armwood.

Riverview's Faith Woodard won the high jump (5-4).

4A-7 track: Newsome nabs its first crown 04/23/10 [Last modified: Friday, April 23, 2010 7:20am]
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