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A-3 region track: Northside girls, Farragut boys prevail

NAPLES — When the track season gets to the region championships, coaches often have conflicting priorities — focus on advancing athletes to state or go all out for a team title.

Such was the case for Northside Christian girls coach Jeff Goodwin at the A-3 championships Thursday at Community School of Naples. After finishing fifth last year at regionals, just three points out of third, Goodwin focused his team toward the team title.

Mission accomplished. Barely.

Heading into the final event of the evening, the 4x400 relay, the Mustangs trailed Community School by a half point. The Mustangs won the event going away.

After winning the A-9 district crown last week by nearly 200 points, the Mustangs had to proverbially lean at the tape to edge the Seahawks 112-110.5.

"I had confidence our girls were going to pull it out," Goodwin said. The region title was Northside's first since 1998.

"I love it when a meet come down to the 4x4," he said. "It's my favorite event. I challenged our girls to win it as a team."

The Mustangs were paced by Goodwin's daughter, Natasha, who won the long jump and 100 hurdles.

"My goal was to get to states in four events and I did it," said Natasha Goodwin, who also finished second in the triple jump and was the lead leg on the 4x100 relay team, which placed second.

For the boys, Admiral Farragut captured its second region title in three years with strong performances in the field events, especially by Josh Burch, who won the long and triple jumps.

Burch was delighted by his success Thursday. The junior, who won the long jump at state last year, won his events despite injuring his right hamstring during practice earlier in the season.

Though Burch's winning marks were far from personal bests, they were season bests.

"I'm pretty surprised by how things went," he said. "I didn't think I'd pull it off. I just fought through it. Hopefully, I can pull it off next week."

"It's nice to bring the trophy back home," Farragut coach Phil Barnhill said. "Josh has been hurt, but it was the best he jumped all year, Our field event performers were tremendous today."

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Class A, Region 3 At Community School of Naples

Boys

Team scores: 1. Admiral Farragut 79.5, 2. Out of Door 59, 3. Moore Haven 57, 4. Lakeland Christian 52, 5. Indian Rocks 52, 6. St. John Neumann 48, 7. Evangelical Christian 45, 8. Fort Meade, 9. Community School, 10. Santa Fe Catholic 29

Results: Discus: 1. Sineus (SR), 2. Starkey (sea), 3. Silverberg (AF), 4. Barnett (Cam); Triple jump: 1. Burch (AF), 2. A. Lunsford (CS), 3. Bell (MH), 4. Hall (MH); Long jump: 1. Burch (AF), 2. Goddard (AF), 3. McMillan (IRC), 4. A. Lunsford (Ecs); Shot put: 1. Roedding (ECS), 2. Darden (KC), 3. Lee (SF), 4. Fulse (Meade); 110 hurdles: 1. Bennett (BC), 2. Jenkins (AF), 3. Klingensmith (ECS), 4. McFarland (AF); 100: 1. Blackmon (MH), 2. Hepp (ODA), 3. Camp (Meade), 4. Kaufmann (IRC); 1600: 1. Peliska (SJN), 2. Warner (TaP), 3. Coffman (SF), 4. Johnson (IRC); 4x100 relay: 1. Fort Meade, 2. Moore Haven, 3. Indian Rocks, 4. Victory Christian; 400: 1. Tylamn (ShP), 2. Lewis (MH), 3. Flynn (ShP), 4. A. Lunsford (ECS); 300 hurdles: 1. Gardiner (ODA), 2. T. Lunsford (ECS), 3. Hutchinson (CaC), 4. Bennett (BrC); 800: 1. Motzka (IRC), 2. Young (ODA), 3. Corso (SJN), 4. Jones (CaC); 200: 1. Bell (MH), 2. Hepp (ODA), 3. Blackmon (MH), 4. Stone LkC) 4x400: 1. Out of Door, 2. Indian Rocks, 3. St. John Neumann, 4. Moore Haven

Girls Team scores: 1. Northside Christian 112, 2. Community School of Naples 110.5, 3. Evangelical Christian 63, 4. Lakeland Christian 58.5, 5. Shorecrest Prep 50, 6. Seacrest 42, 7. St. Stephen's Episcopal 30, 8. Keswick Christian 29, 9. Fort Meade 28, 10. Moore Haven 25

Results: Long jump: 1. Goodwin (NCA), 2. Brown (Meade), 3. Twellmeyer (CSN), 4. Specht (ShP); High jump: 1. Bowden (Sea), 2. Bergquist (ECS), 3. White (LkC), 4. Boll (Sea); Shot put: 1. Halle (KeC), 2. Burtscher (Sea), 3. Oglesby (AF), 4. Miles (LkC); Pole vault: 1. Robinson (CSN), 2. Rectanus (CSN), 3. Evans (ShP), 4. Burtscher (Sea); 100 hurdles: 1.Goodwin (NCA), 2. Hendricks (ASA) 3. Cohen (CSN), 4. Billburg (ECS); 100: 1. McPherson (MH), 2. McMichael (ECS), 3. Mullins (NCA), 4. Reyes (ECS); 1600: 1. E. Fluehr (CSN), 2. Greenleaf (NCA), 3. Howell (StS), 4. Burfield (CSN); 4x100 relay: 1. Fort Meade, 2. Northside Christian, 3. Evangelical Christian, 4. Tampa Prep; 400: 1. Miller (SaC), 2. Jacubec (KeC), 3. Hillstrom (SSP), 4. Swiderski (FBA); 300 hurdles: 1. Billburg (ECS), 2,. Baldacci (StS), 3. A. Johnson (NCA), 4. Cantrell (TaP); 800: 1. White (LkC), 2. Howell (StS), 3. Grimes (CSN), 4. C. Burfield (CSN) 200: 1. McMichaels (ECS), 2. Specht (ShP), 3. Perkins (MH), 4. Rogers (ODA); 3,200: 1. K. Fluehr (CSN), 2. Edwards (Cant), 3. Eaves (CSN), 4. T. Burfield (CSN) 4x400: 1. Northside Christian, 2. Community School, 3. Seacrest, 4. Shorecrest;

A-3 region track: Northside girls, Farragut boys prevail 04/24/09 [Last modified: Friday, April 24, 2009 12:32am]
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