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District track: Gaither girls dominate; Hillsborough sets sights on state

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TAMPA — The Gaither girls captured their fifth straight district title at home Thursday. They ran away from the competition, scoring 164 points, 42 more than second-place East Bay.

"All of our girls stepped it up today, especially our distance runners; they are getting better each week," Gaither coach Ladd Baldwin said. "It feels good to win the district for the fifth straight year, and it's a better feeling to win it at home."

Ariel Moore won the 110 hurdles for Gaither, edging teammate Yesenia Perez by five-hundredths of a second.

"I was hoping to make it to regionals but I didn't think I would finish in first place," Moore said. "I just felt really good in the finals."

The boys competition came down the final race. Lakeland finished second in the 4x400 relay, giving the team 108.5 points and edging out Chamberlain (106) and Plant City (104).

"I'm proud of these guys," Lakeland coach Vernon Forsett said. "We came here to win it and everyone pulled their weight. We've got some of the best sprinters in the state but it will be hard to win the region."

Chamberlain's Dentarius Locke put his blazing speed on display. The senior took first in the 100 and 200.

"I came here with the goal of winning the 100 and the 200," Locke said. "I'm in the best shape I've been in all year and I felt very, very good today."

Chamberlain's distance runners were also impressive. Chase Nelson, Mark Parrish, Brad Nelson and Max del Monte took the top four spots in the 3,200.

"Competing against these guys is a challenge but also a lot of fun," said Nelson, who took first place. "We'll train hard together, do the best we can at regionals and hopefully get to states."

3A-9: Terriers' confidence on the rise

TAMPA — Joey Sipp has sifted through results and done the calculations in his head, double checking to be sure. The way Hillsborough's coach sees it, the Terriers have a legitimate chance to win a state title.

That has been his mantra all season and it was hard to argue as the Terriers boys and girls claimed titles.

"We won regions two years in a row," Sipp said of the boys. "We want to go win it again and we want to win state."

One question dogging the Terriers for three weeks has been the status of sprinter Lindsey Lamar, who has been hobbled by a hamstring injury. Lamar ran for the first time since the county championships and looked impressive, taking wins in the 100 (10.99), 200 (22.65) and placing fourth in the 400 (50.76).

"He made it through the meet and felt fine," Sipp said. "He says he's feeling good."

The only boy to overshadow his return was teammate Terrence Mitchell, who won titles in the long jump (23-63/4), triple jump (44-8), 300 hurdles (39.83) and finished second in the 100 (11.17).

Not all went smoothly for the Terriers, who saw their 4x100 relay disqualified, plus a pair of region-contending hurdlers did not advance. But there was also Juan Washington win in the high jump (6-6), and Darren Baker threw 50-51/2 for a shot put title.

Plant dominated boys and girls distance events, taking 13 of 16 spots to advance to regionals in the 1,600 and 3,200. Winners in the 1,600 were Lizzie Goodwin (5:39.80) and Didier Barjon (4:42.06), and in the 3,200 it was Michaela Kennedy (12:18.08) and John Wilkins (10:19.01).

For the girls, Blake's Marissa McEleveen was stellar winning the long jump (19-13/4), triple jump (37-41/4), 100 (12.82) and 200 (26.34).

Izzy Gould, Times staff writer

Class A, Region 3

At Community School of Naples


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


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) 3,200: 1. Scott (CSN), 2. Mutz (LkC), 3. Allsopp (SFC), 4. Dernbach (CSN); 4x400: 1. Out of Door, 2. Indian Rocks, 3. St. John Neumann, 4. Moore Haven; 4x800 relay: 1. St. John Neumann, 2. Out of Door, 3. Community School, 4. St Stephen's Episcopal


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


Discus: 1. Miles (LkC), 2. Hurt ado (Sea), 3. Sladick, 4. Harris (McG); 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;

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