ST. PETERSBURG — There they were, a Seminole express of girl runners, each mirroring the other's effortless strides as they lunged across the finish line.
The Warhawks, the defending district champions, retained their title in large part by winning every distance event.
But Seminole's strength wasn't just in longer races. The Warhawks showed balance by placing in the top three in 13 of 17 events. It was more than enough as Seminole outscored Gibbs 194-136.
"We have a lot of depth and that paid off," Warhawks coach Bruce Calhoun said.
Seminole had four individual champions: Kaitlin Homme in the 1,600 (5:44), Colleen Schwab in the shot put (34-6), Megan Lawrence in the 800 (2:27) and Rachel Jones in the 3,200 (12:52). The Warhawks' 4x800 relay team of Katelin Foley, Jones, Homme and Lawrence also was first (10:25.67).
Lakewood's Kala Funderburk had another big night. The freshman won the 200 (26.72) and 400 (1:00.21), and teamed with Brianna Forde, Gincy Marcelin and Labresha Jenkins to take the 4x400 (4:23.27). The Spartans' other champions were Kiona Anderson (100 hurdles, 16.83; 300 hurdles, 49.94), Breonna Jenkins (long jump, 13.40) and Brittany Jenkins (triple jump, 33-8). Lakewood's 4x100 relay team (Cierra Blackshear, Labresha Jenkins, Maydreona Miles and Breonna Jenkins) won in 50.77.
Gibbs' Delashev Williams (discus) and JaQuel Gray (long jump), Northeast's Lauren Campbell (high jump and Osceola's Brittany Wagoner (pole vault) rounded out the girls winners.
In the boys field, the Spartans won with 153 points.
Lakewood had three individual champs: Frank Minton in the 200 (23.00), Paul Britten in the 400 (49.84) and Kelvin White in the 300 hurdles (40.91).
Britten and White teamed with Martel Jones and Garfield Powell to win the 4x400 in 3:52.98. Jones and Minton teamed with Ryan Bygraves and Shayon Headley to win the 4x100 (43.71). Gibbs' Austin Rembert won the high jump (6-0) and 110 hurdles (14.91).
Other boys individual champs were Northeast's Juarez Wynn (100), John Zurek Jr. (1,600) and Jeff Brinson (shot put); Seminole's Christopher Vacha (pole vault), Marquis Glenn (long jump), Jacob Bandoni (discus); and Boca Ciega's Darrian Skinner (triple jump) and Michael LeShore (800). The Vikings' relay team of Zurek Jr., Joshua Phillippi, Matt Adkins and Jamil Cooper were first in the 4x800.