ST. PETERSBURG — During the hottest time of the afternoon, Alex Banks ran 14 laps around the Shorecrest track.
Banks was first in the 1,600, first in the 800 and second in the 3,200 — the meet's three longest events. In the end, he helped Admiral Farragut to its eighth straight district championship.
"That's what I'm best at," said Banks, a senior. "They won't let me do more than three races and I don't have coordination for field (events), so I have to do these three."
Admiral Farragut collected 237 team points to beat Keswick Christian (141). Josh Burch also helped Admiral Farragut with wins in the long jump and triple jump. Brandon McGuire highlighted the Keswick effort with a win in the 110 hurdles and runnerup in the 300 hurdles.
In the girls meet, Keswick Christian and Shorecrest battled back and forth with five lead changes during the day. Finally, in the 300 hurdles, Denae DeVaul placed first and Tara Hubbard second to put the Crusaders ahead for good. Keswick finished with 210 points. Shorecrest netted 190.
Hubbard qualified for regionals in three individual events, including the 100 hurdles and the high jump. Laura Hodupp was a two-time individual winner in the shot put and discus. Hannah Palm took first in the 1,600, then second in the 800.
Shorecrest was led by four-time champion Samantha Specht, who spent her morning winning the triple and long jumps, then spent her afternoon winning the 400 and 200.
"She's most effective for the team participating in four events," coach Amy Pope said. "She will push herself and push herself until exhaustion. We like to help her find a way to push herself so she's effective."
"My triple jump wasn't as long as I wanted," Specht said. "But it wasn't that bad. I'm just happy I finished all four events."
Also having a great all-around meet was Admiral Farragut's Erica Bolline.
In the morning she was first in the high jump and second in the triple and long jumps. Then she went home, took a nap and returned to the meet to help her 4x400 relay team finish second with a personal-best time.