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Pinellas: Class A, 2A district track preview

Pinellas County has always fared well in the postseason in Class A and 2A track. Take last season, when the county had two state champions and two second-place finishes. In fact, there have been three state champions and seven runners­up combined at the A and 2A level the past three seasons. This season should be just as strong with the return of several top performers, including Northside Christian's Katelyn Greenleaf, Shore­crest's Samantha Specht and Admiral Farragut Academy's Josh Burch.

District meets

Admission: $5

At stake: The top four place winners in each event advance to regionals.

Class 2A, District 10 at Wauchula Hardee

When: Tuesday, field events start at noon

Teams: Arcadia De Soto County, Bradenton Braden River, Clearwater Central Catholic, Englewood Lemon Bay, Lennard, Sarasota Cardinal Mooney, St. Petersburg Catholic, Spoto, Wauchula Hardee

Outlook: The Marauders return most of their top performers from last season. Watch for Micah Poole in the sprints and Tobias Probst in the middle distance and distance races. CCC's girls should also do well with Domenica Owens in the middle distance and Lindsay Cooper in the hurdles.

Class A, District 9 at Indian Rocks Christian

When: Wednesday, field events start at 10:30 a.m.

Teams: Bayshore Christian, Bishop McLaughlin, Calvary Christian, Cambridge, Indian Rocks Christian, Northside Christian, Seven Rivers Christian, Tampa Baptist, Tampa Prep

Outlook: The Mustangs are the county's most complete girls team and have the depth to not only challenge for district titles, but a top three finish at state. Northside has won team titles at the Bay Conference meet and Ed Wells/Kiwanis Invitational. Freshman Katelyn Greenleaf is the Mustangs' most dominant athlete. Greenleaf, the Times' cross country runner of the year, won the 1,600- and 3,200-meter races at the Ed Wells Invitational and a leg on the winning 4x800 meter relay team. She's not Northside's only standout. Natasha Goodwin is one of the state's best in the long jump and her sister, Victoria, is strong in the sprint relays. On the boys side, the Golden Eagles' Josh Johnson is the top contender in distance races after winning the 1,600 and 3,200 at the Bay Conference meet.

Class A, District 11 | at Keswick Christian

When: Thursday, field events start at 3 p.m.

Teams: Admiral Farragut, Bradenton Christian, Bradenton St. Stephen's, Keswick Christian, Sarasota Christian, Sarasota Cardinal Mooney, Shorecrest

Outlook: At last year's Class A state meet, AFA's Josh Burch won the long jump and finished second in the triple jump. A hamstring injury forced him to sit out the Ed Wells Invitational, but he should be ready to go next week. Much like the past three seasons, the Chargers' Samantha Specht could win four individual events (200 meters, 400, triple and long jumps). The Blue Jacket boys will battle Shorecrest for the team title. The Chargers and Keswick have plenty of depth and will contend for girls team titles.

Pinellas: Class A, 2A district track preview 04/10/09 [Last modified: Friday, April 10, 2009 9:41pm]
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