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A-11 track: AFA boys win 9th straight title; Shorecrest girls defend title

ST. PETERSBURG — Josh Burch propelled himself through the air in the long and triple jump. Donovan Erbe soared in the pole vault. And David Dang twisted sideways while launching himself in the high jump.

Name a field event at the Class A, District 11, and there was a pretty good bet a Blue Jacket athlete was competing in it.

And winning.

Admiral Farragut relied on its strength in the field events to secure its ninth straight boys district title Thursday.

The Blue Jackets scored 222 points, 125 in the field events, to get off to a fast start and beat runnerup Sarasota Out of Door Academy by 81.

Burch, the defending state champion in the long jump, won his signature event by leaping 20 feet, 5 inches. He also took first in the triple jump (41-8). Other AFA winners in the field events were Dang in the high jump (5-8), Erbe in the pole vault (11-0) and Noah Silverberg in the discus (135-2).

The Blue Jackets also had champions in the running events. Blake Arnold won the 1,600 (4 minutes, 54.64 seconds) and the 3,200 (11:00.64). Rod Robinson won the 400 (54.88) and the 4x100 relay team of Sebastian Gillespie, Rayshawn Jenkins, Burch and Robert Goddard won the 4x100 (47.11).

Shorecrest's girls outscored Keswick 196-167 to defend its district title.

The Chargers were led by Samantha Specht, who dominated her four events.

Specht won the long jump (16-21/4), triple jump (33-51/2), 200 (27.15) and 400 (1:04.46).

A-11 track: AFA boys win 9th straight title; Shorecrest girls defend title 04/16/09 [Last modified: Friday, April 17, 2009 12:21am]
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