Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

4A state track: Countryside's Linkfield, Seminole's Sutton lead the way for Pinellas competitors

Countryside’s Thea Linkfield surprises even herself, bolting to a personal-best 14.87 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles to finish fourth at state. She also took fourth in the 300 hurdles.

WILLIE J. ALLEN JR. | Times

Countryside’s Thea Linkfield surprises even herself, bolting to a personal-best 14.87 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles to finish fourth at state. She also took fourth in the 300 hurdles.

WINTER PARK — Thea Linkfield had modest goals in the 100-meter hurdles.

The Countryside senior was seeded 13th in the preliminaries and wanted to make up enough ground to reach the final. If she accomplished that, she hoped to not finish last.

She surpassed all her expectations Saturday at the Class 4A state meet in Winter Park.

Not only did Linkfield reach the final, she finished fourth with a personal-record 14.87 seconds, the first time she ran under 15 seconds in her career.

"I definitely surprised myself with what I was able to do," Linkfield said. "I felt so good in the preliminaries and finals."

The event Linkfield was aiming for a top-four finish in was the 300 hurdles. She accomplished that, too, taking fourth in 44.27 seconds, another personal record.

"I got off to a good start in the finals, but my form was a little off," Linkfield said of the 300. "I was trying to get my time in the low 44s, and that was what I was able to do."

The other girls place-winners in the county were Clearwater's Courtney O'Donoghue, who was sixth in the pole vault (10 feet), and East Lake's Alicia Aldridge, seventh in the 800 meters (2 minutes, 19.94 seconds).

On the boys side, Seminole distance runner Chase Sutton was the highest place-winner, taking third in the 1,600 in 4:16.18.

Sutton was coming off a first-place finish at region, where he used a devastating kick to make up enough ground to win. He used the same strategy Saturday, stalking the pacesetters before making his move.

But he didn't have enough to leapfrog John I. Leonard's Ryan Pickering and Miami Columbus' Armando Del Valle, who took first and second, respectively.

"I was pleased because this was my first year running the 1,600," Sutton said. "Pickering was out too far. I tried to kick and catch Armando, but he was able to pull it out (for second, by just over 1 second)."

Countryside's boys team, which won district and region titles, had its depth thinned Saturday so much it had to focus on individual titles.

The Cougars' had three place-winners in individual events. Derek Messmore was seventh in the 400 (50.50), Ricy Brown was eighth in the 800 (1:56.69) and Parker Polgar was eighth in the pole vault (13 feet).

Brown teamed with Matthew Worner, Jacob Hermann and Kostas Fotopoulos on the 4x800 relay that took fourth (7:54.35). In the 4x400, Brown, Hermann and Messmore combined with Wylan Bernitt to finish seventh (3:21.20).

4A state track: Countryside's Linkfield, Seminole's Sutton lead the way for Pinellas competitors 05/08/10 [Last modified: Saturday, May 8, 2010 11:08pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Four key games that could decide Bucs' success in 2017

    Blogs

    The Bucs finished so close to making the playoffs in 2016 -- literally flip-flop the last two results and have them beat the Saints and lose to the Panthers and they're in as a wild card with the same 9-7 record -- that it's difficult to say with any certainty what will happen in the 2017 season.

    Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston, shown celebrating a touchdown against the Giants in 2015, will face New York again this fall in Week 4 in Tampa.
  2. Frank Deford wrote with sincerity, giving depth to complicated sports figures

    Human Interest

    Frank Deford practically invented the notion of multimedia: He exported his voice to radio, TV and film, and if you didn't know him you might have thought he was an actor, because he wore purple suits and looked like Clark Gable. But Frank, who died Sunday at age 78, was a writer above all things, and an important …

    In a 1991 photo, Frank Deford holds a proof of The National Sports Daily, of which he was editor and publisher [Associated Press]
  3. Clarity coming this week on Florida Gators, Malik Zaire

    Blogs

    After months of speculation, we could finally get some clarity this week on the Florida Gators and graduate transfer quarterback Malik Zaire.

    SEC flags outside the hotel of last year's spring meetings in Destin. This year's meetings could have a huge impact on the Florida Gators' season.
  4. Jose De Leon sent back to minors after helping Rays win

    Blogs

    RHP Jose De Leon worked 2 2/3 innings to get the win in his Rays debut Monday and then was optioned back to Triple-A Durham.

    De Leon was brought up to provide length and depth in the bullpen after the Rays played 15 innings on Sunday, and he did that, allowing three runs on four hits while throwing 69 …

  5. Rays rally twice to beat Rangers (w/video)

    The Heater

    ARLINGTON, Texas — Starting Erasmo Ramirez on Monday after he closed out Sunday's marathon win turned out, despite the Rays' best intentions and rigid insistence, to be a bad idea as he gave up four runs without getting through three innings.

    Erasmo Ramirez, starting a day after closing a 15-inning marathon, struggles against the Rangers and comes out after throwing 43 pitches in 21/3 innings.