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State track | Class 3A

Falcon pulls double duty at track, flag football

Lakewood’s Kala Funderburk gains on the competition during the 4x400-meter relay. The Spartans medaled by placing eighth.

WILLIE J. ALLEN JR. | Times

Lakewood’s Kala Funderburk gains on the competition during the 4x400-meter relay. The Spartans medaled by placing eighth.

WINTER PARK — Dunedin senior Tyesha Thomas had just finished her event at the Class 3A state meet Friday, but there wasn't much time to talk.

She had somewhere to be.

"I have a game to get to," Thomas said.

That's right, a game.

On Friday afternoon, Thomas competed in the shot put. Within 30 minutes of accepting her medal for placing third with a throw of 41 feet, 3 inches, she was in a car and headed to West Boca Raton, where her Dunedin flag football team was to play Plant City (it lost 24-19).

"I'm the center," Thomas said.

Despite having her focus split between two events, Thomas' performance, one of the day's best by a local athlete, wasn't hurt. In fact, she set a personal best.

Here are some of the others who fared well:

• Seminole's Megan Lawrence was second in the 800 (2:17.18). Maryah Finch of Tarpon Springs was eighth (2:20.35).

• Michael Leshore of Boca Ciega placed third in the 800 (1:57.28)

• Brittany Wagoner of Osceola was fourth in the pole vault (10-06).

• Austin Rembert of Gibbs was eighth in the 110 hurdles (15.97) and 10th in the high jump (6-2)

• Lakewood's 4x400 girls team was eighth.

Some were disappointed in their efforts. Others were thrilled.

"That," Rembert said of his performance in the 110, "was one of my slowest times this year. I had a really slow takeoff."

The problem?

"I left my spikes back in the hotel room," he said.

Lakewood's 4x400 team was a little more content.

"We wanted first, but I think we did good," relay member Kiona Anderson said.

Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas won the boys team title. Orlando Oak Ridge was the girls champion.

Falcon pulls double duty at track, flag football 05/02/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 6, 2008 12:00pm]
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