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)

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]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Rays at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, New York

    The Heater

    Tonight: at Yankees

    7:05, Yankee Stadium, New York

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    Tampa Bay Rays' Blake Snell poses for a picture during the team's photo day at baseball spring training in Port Charlotte, Fla., Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  2. Luke Del Rio regains UF starting job, for now

    College

    GAINESVILLE — Luke Del Rio is once again the starting quarterback for No. 21 Florida.

    Luke Del Rio provided a needed spark when he replaced starter Feleipe Franks and rallied Florida past Kentucky.
  3. Four questions the Lightning still has to answer

    Lightning Strikes

    FORT LAUDERDALE — The Lightning made its biggest round of cuts Monday, with some of the big-named prospects heading out.

    Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos (91) looks on from the bench during a shift change at Lightning hockey training camp in Brandon on Monday (09/18/17). In background on right is Nikita Kucherov (86). DIRK SHADD   |   Times  

  4. Nine Florida football players, 62 felony complaints in fraud scandal

    College

    GAINESVILLE — The fraud scandal that has engulfed the University of Florida's nationally ranked football team for weeks exploded Monday with the first detailed accounts of criminal accusations that threaten to derail the Gators' season.

    Florida Gators wide receiver Antonio Callaway (81) runs the ball during the Outback Bowl in January at Raymond James Stadium. [CHARLIE KAIJO   |   Times]
  5. Where Rays shortstop Matt Duffy's lost season leads

    The Heater

    BRADENTON — In a perfect world, Matt Duffy would have been in New York on Monday with his Rays teammates enjoying the final off day of the year. Instead, he was on Field 4 at Pirate City on a sweltering afternoon, trying to restart his season.

    Rays shortstop Matt Duffy plays in his first game (since rehab was aborted) with the club's instructional league on Monday at the Pirate City baseball field and spring training complex in Bradenton [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]