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McNary wins 100 again to lift PHU to district track title

PALM HARBOR — During Madison McNary's career, she never watched a competitor win a 100 meters at districts.

That's because she won them all.

McNary made it 4-for-4 on Wednesday, helping Palm Harbor University win the Class 4A, District 5 title.

Besides the 100, she was first in the long jump, first in the 200 and part of the winning 4x400 relay.

The Hurricanes collected 170 points, Sickles 90 and Countryside 75.5. In the boys meet, Countryside won the team title with 209 points followed by Largo with 132.

PHU's Alexa Ralicki was runnerup in both the discus and triple jump. She was put in the second flight for the triple jump, and her seed was not suppose to qualify for regions. But she did and credits a 12-hour meet for helping her.

"I had enough time to focus on each event instead of running back and forth," said Ralicki, who was eighth in the triple jump at the county meet last week.

Katherine McMeekin of East Lake was a two-time champion, in the 1,600 and 3,200. Thea Linkfield of Countryside won the 300 hurdles and was runnerup in the 200.

In the boys meet, Brian Gaputis of Countryside was sitting third in the discus with one throw remaining. He took his last toss and defeated Austin Mai of Largo by 10 inches. Gaputis, a senior, qualified for his first region.

"I've only been throwing for two years, and last year, I missed by inches," he said. "Right before I threw my last one, all I was thinking was, 'This is the one right here.' It wasn't perfect, but it felt good."

Cougars teammate Rashard Young is no stranger to regions. He qualified for three events last year. But Wednesday, he qualified for four. He was first in the long jump (the new event), second in the triple jump, second in the 100 and fourth in the 200.

Largo's Brynn Harvey qualified for regions by winning the 100 in 10.99 seconds and taking second in the 200 in 22.88, just .15 slower than teammate Michael Lang.

McNary wins 100 again to lift PHU to district track title 04/17/08 [Last modified: Thursday, April 17, 2008 12:22am]

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