WINTER PARK — A personal record of 11 feet, 6 inches beckoned London Enos as she prepared for her second attempt.
Slashing down the runway like a sprinter, the Wharton senior drove down on the tip of her fiberglass pole, sprung into the air and eventually plunged to the pit.
While her competitors were pole-vaulting at the Class 4A state track meet Saturday, Enos was catapulting. Her mark of 11-6 served as a warning shot into the sky to make sure the other vaulters a half-foot below did not get any ideas about overtaking her.
One other competitor had a better mark entering Saturday's meet, but she was unable to catch Enos, who won her second straight state title in her signature event.
"I definitely worked for it this year," said Enos, who has made a habit of setting personal records at state meets. In 2008, she cleared a then-record 10-6 to finish second. Last year, she matched what was then a record of 11 feet for her first state title in Class 3A.
"I think I do so well at state meets because I vault my best under pressure," Enos said.
On the boys side, Chamberlain's Mark Parrish was the county's best hope for an individual title in the 3,200 meters. But Parrish was caught off guard by the quick start from Miami Columbus' Armando Del Valle and Melbourne's Brian Atkinson in the first 800 meters. He spent the rest of the race catching up and finished third with a time of 9 minutes, 19.22 seconds.
"Strange things happen at state meets, and it was a gusty move (by the leaders)," said Parrish, who finished fourth last year. "They took it out so fast. I tried to catch up, but they were so far ahead that it was just too tough."
Plant's boys team, thanks to a few place-winners, scored 16 points to tie for 15th overall, the highest placing among county teams. The Panthers' Brian Baird was third in the pole vault (15 feet). Teammate Antonio Posada was sixth in the shot put (49 feet, 10 inches). And Plant's 4x100 relay of Jauonte Martin, Turhan Glover, Antonio Crawford and Allen Sampson was sixth in 42.08 seconds. Glover and Sampson also teamed with Brenton Honeywell and Trevor Berecz on the fifth-place 4x400 relay (3 minutes, 20.98 seconds).
Other county boys individual placers included Chamberlain's Max del Monte (fourth, 1,600, 4:20.79) and Alonso's Brandon Holloway (seventh, 100, 10.77).
Newsome's 4x800 relay of Isaac Baker, Michael Tourgee, Tyler Moriarty and Michael Zwijacz was eighth in 8:06.45.
Tampa Bay Tech's LeRia Jenerette was fifth in the discus (127-4) and Riverview's Faith Woodard tied for sixth in the high jump (5-4).