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Class A state track

WINTER PARK — Tampa Prep's Stephen Warner battled the flu — and high expectations — at the Class A state track meet.

The junior was the only returning member of the Terrapins' 4x800 relay team that finished second at state last season.

This season he qualified in two individual events, the 800 and 1,600, and represented Hillsborough County's best hope of placing.

Warner dropped out of the 1,600 Friday to concentrate on the 800. He took the lead on the second lap of the slow heat in the 800, but started to fade. He finished 10th overall in 2:03.39.

"I've been sick the last two weeks and there was a wind," Warner said. "I was just dying out there in the end."

Shorecrest's Samantha Specht won her first state title in the triple jump, leaping 34 feet, 6¾ inches on her last attempt. Specht, who finished second three straight years, beat North Florida Christian's Darrielle McMcQueen by a quarter of an inch.

"At first I didn't believe that I won, but I teared up after I found out," said Specht, who has been a state qualifier since sixth grade.

Class A state track 05/01/09 [Last modified: Friday, May 1, 2009 10:01pm]
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