Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Hillsborough County boys track preview

Auston Chen has claimed two state AAU and U.S. Track & Field decathlon championships, medaled at state and signed with national power Arkansas, but he isn't satisfied.

The Berkeley Prep senior star is hungry for more. He wants a state title on his resume.

"I was close last year," Chen said.

Indeed, he was.

At the 2009 Class 2A state meet, Chen's discus throw of 171 feet, a personal best, was good enough to claim bronze.

"The winning (toss) was 178," Chen said. "So I wasn't that far off."

This spring, Chen is taking aim at his own personal record and that 178.

"I'd like to throw 180," Chen said.

The question is, can he achieve that?

"I believe so," Chen said. "I did 158 at our first meet."

That, by the way, was after only one practice under his belt. Chen, who's also pretty good at the shot put, only recently finished competing for the Buccaneers soccer team.

"I thought I'd be in the 140s," Chen said. "So I was pretty happy."

Just not satisfied.

Not yet.

District assignments

4A-6: Alonso, Chamberlain, Freedom, Gaither, Plant, Wharton

4A-7: Bloomingdale, Brandon, Newsome, Tampa Bay Tech

3A-9: Armwood, Blake, Durant, East Bay, Hillsborough, Jefferson, King, Leto, Plant City, Sickles, Spoto

2A-9: Berkeley Prep, Steinbrenner, Holy Names, Jesuit, Middleton, Robinson, Strawberry Crest, Tampa Catholic

2A-10: Lennard

A-9: Bayshore Christian, Cambridge, Carollwood Day, Seffner Christian, Tampa Prep, Tampa Bay Christian

Boys to watch

Brian Baird, Jr., Plant: Pole vaulted 13-feet at state in '09.

Andre Davis, Jr., Jefferson: Football star also a standout high jumper.

Max del Monte, So., Chamberlain: Could reach state in 1,600 and 3,200.

Julian Gines, Sr., Sickles: Only returnee from state champion 4x800 team.

Jake Kehlenbeck, Sr., Freedom: Returning state qualifier is 800 standout.

Terrence Mitchell, Sr., Hillsborough: Defending state runnerup in long jump and triple jump.

Mark Parrish, Sr., Chamberlain: Has two top-five finishes in the 3,200 at state.

Nick Swain, Sr., Wharton: Member of '09 4x800 state champions.

Carlton Walton, Sr., Hillsborough: Took third at state in the triple jump.

De'Myco Winston, Sr., Lennard: District champ in triple jump, 400 and 4 x 400.

Postseason schedule

District: Classes A/2A, April 12-17; Classes 3A/4A, April 19-24

Region: Classes A/2A, April 21-23; Classes 3A/4A, April 28-30

State: Class A, April 30, Class 2A, May 1, Class 3A, May 7, Class 4A, May 8.

Hillsborough County boys track preview 02/22/10 [Last modified: Monday, February 22, 2010 7:03pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Rays blow lead in ninth, lose in 10 to Rangers (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Rays manager Kevin Cash liked the way Alex Cobb was competing Friday night. He liked the way the hard contact made by the Rangers batters went away after the second or third inning. So as the game headed toward the ninth, there was no doubt in Cash's mind that sending Cobb back to the mound was …

    Rays starter Alex Cobb can hardly believe what just happened as he leaves the game in the ninth after allowing a leadoff double then a tying two-run homer to the Rangers’ Shin-Soo Choo.
  2. Rays journal: Steven Souza Jr. gets extra day off to let hip heal

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — RF Steven Souza Jr. ran in rightfield before batting practice under the watchful gaze of the Rays training staff and manager Kevin Cash. Afterward, Souza told Cash he could use one more day of rest before playing on the left hip he strained Wednesday in Oakland.

    Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Brad Miller (13) gets a hug from right fielder Steven Souza Jr. (20) after his solo home run in the fourth inning of the game between the Texas Rangers and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Friday, July 21, 2017.
  3. Rays vs. Rangers, 7:10 p.m. Saturday, Tropicana Field

    The Heater

    Tonight: vs. Rangers

    7:10, Tropicana Field

    TV/radio: FS1; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

  4. Roger Mooney's takeaways from Friday's Rays-Rangers game

    The Heater

    Looks like LF Corey Dickerson is coming out of his funk at the plate — .186 average in past 16 games entering Friday. He had two hits Wednesday in Oakland and three hits Friday against the Rangers. Okay, one was an infield hit that bounced high in front of the plate, but the other was a long home run to …

  5. History shows Ole Miss upheaval tough to overcome


    After Mississippi football coach Hugh Freeze resigned Thursday, with the opener six weeks away, offensive line coach Matt Luke is being thrown into an interim head coaching position. He will try to save a season that already had been scarred by a self-imposed bowl ban for NCAA violations.

    After coach Jim Tressel resigned, Ohio State went 6-7, including a loss to Florida in the Gator Bowl, in 2011.