PUNTA GORDA — No Teona Rodgers.
The Wharton girls track program stepped from the shadows of its biggest star Wednesday, riding a complete team effort to defend its region title.
The Wildcats scored 125 points to beat Tampa Bay Tech by 73.
Wharton's Katrina Skinner won the 1,600 (5:13) and 3,200 (11.31). Her sister, Kathia, won the 800 (2:16) and anchored the winning 4x400 relay team (4:00). The other Wildcat winners were Amani Bryant, who took first in the 300 hurdles (44.72), and Shantrell Pierre, who won the 100 hurdles.
Tampa Bay Tech had three champions: LeRia Richardson in the discus (126-1), Tanesha Maxwell in the 100 (12.14) and LeShae White in the 400 (57.82).
Other girls winners from the county were Blake's Marissa McEleveen in the long jump (18-4¾) and triple jump (37-5), Hillsborough's Ashley Wright in the shot put (38-10) and Plant's Julianne Morgan in the high jump (5-2).
Hillsborough's boys also defended their region title, outscoring Plant 128-59.
The Terriers had four individual champions: Terrence Mitchell in the long jump (23-10), Jared Brisbon in the triple jump (45-7½), Lindsey Lamar in the 100 (10.35) and 200 (21.41) and Mark Williams in the 400 (48.64).
Hillsborough also won the 4x100 and 4x400 relays.
Other county boys winners were Freedom's Trent Wiseman in the pole vault (14-6), Plant's Jamie Van Pelt (162-4), Brandon's Jeremy Tilman in the 110 hurdles (14.55), Newsome's Keegan Bixler in the 1,600 (4:29) and Plant's Duncan Hock in the 3,200 (9:45).
Bob Putnam can be reached at email@example.com or (727) 445-4169.