SAC championships: Wiregrass girls end Wesley Chapel's run; Wildcats boys take out LOL

WESLEY CHAPEL — For parts of Thursday afternoon's Sunshine Athletic Conference championships, Zephyrhills sophomore Jameisha Parker had the merciless northeasterly gusts to her back.

After eclipsing school records in three of her four events at Wiregrass Ranch, it appears she has stardom to her front.

Parker's three individual victories — long jump, 100 and 200 meters — and anchor-leg effort on the Bulldogs' prevailing 4x100 relay team highlighted a day chock full of breakthrough performances.

Also breaking through: the Wiregrass Ranch girls, who totaled 129 points to snap Wesley Chapel's streak of six consecutive conference titles. Helping the Bulls nudge by the Wildcats were victories in the meet's final two events. Sophomore Ariel Grey outclassed the field in the 3,200 (12:21.21) and the Bulls' 4x400 relay team (4:11.33) edged Wesley Chapel by 41/2 seconds.

Grey also won the 1,600 (5:32.94); the Bulls finished second in three other events.

"We knew that we had a shot. It's been a long time that anybody's ever taken a shot at (Wesley Chapel)," Bulls second-year coach J.R. Haworth said. "We knew that ('Cats coach Kristi Frye) was going to bust up her relay (teams), we knew we were going to bust up our relays and max out our points in the individual events."

While Haworth and Frye were engaging in their personnel chess match, Parker was playing Monopoly on the figurative medal stand. Her efforts in the long jump (18 feet, 9.5 inches), 100 (12.01 seconds) and 200 (25.42) were school records, though her win in the 200 was a mere hundredth of a second faster than Ridgewood's Karissa Bertling.

Parker also anchored the 4x100 relay team that won in 49.92. Her relay teammate, Lindsay Arnold, broke her own school record en route to victory in the 100 hurdles (15.2).

"(Parker) has long levers and she maxes out those levers, too," Bulldogs girls coach Jason Rouser said. "She really pumps the legs and arms. The lungs is next year. She's unstoppable now. She'll be incredibly fast, incredibly strong over the next two years."

On the boys side, Wesley Chapel ended Land O'Lakes' two-year conference reign with a 117-112 triumph over the runnerup Gators. Wildcats senior Earon Hicks won the long jump (20-10), triple jump (40-11.25) and high jump (6-2); while teammate Mitchell Wozniak won both hurdles events.

Gators senior Felix Soto was the other individual triple-event winner, capturing the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 to give him 16 total SAC titles (team and individual) over his three-sport prep career.

SAC championships: Wiregrass girls end Wesley Chapel's run; Wildcats boys take out LOL 04/02/09 [Last modified: Thursday, April 2, 2009 10:56pm]

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