CLEARWATER — Osceola's Alexis Irwin was already spent after running, and winning, the 800- and 1,600-meter races at the Pinellas County Athletic Conference meet on Wednesday.
Still, there was another race to go.
Irwin's last race was the most grueling: the 3,200. Through eight laps around the track, Irwin staggered. She wilted. But she kept going as the race tested her endurance.
Irwin didn't win; she finished sixth. But it might have been her most important race because she picked up valuable points in a tight battle with Lakewood for county supremacy among girls.
The Warriors, thanks to a lot of small contributions that added up, won their first conference title, scoring 93 to beat the Spartans by 3 ½ points. It was sweet redemption for Osceola, which lost last year's title to Lakewood by a point.
"We were so close last year, and this is what we planned for all season," Irwin said. "It took every individual effort. In the (3,200) I didn't think I could make it. I wanted to just give up halfway through the race. But I knew I had to keep going because my team needed those points."
The girls meet had several strong individual performances. Boca Ciega's Chaise Cook-Martin won the long jump, triple jump and the 100 hurdles. Lakewood's Sharell Keys was dominant in the sprints, winning the 100, 200 and running the anchor leg on the winning 4x100 relay.
The results of the boys meet were not complete because the pole vault ran late. Still, that did affect the outcome of the team title. Nobody had enough vaulters to catch the Spartans, who won with 94.5 points.
Better still, Lakewood won the meet despite being disqualified in the 4x100 relay and finishing seventh in the 4x400 relay.
The Spartans' Shaquem Griffin won the triple jump and took second in the discus. Teammate Tim Holmes was the 300 hurdles champion. Lakewood also won the 4x800 relay.
Gibbs' Trayvon Bromell continued to race past his competitors in the sprints, winning the 100 and 200. He also has won both of his signature events at the West Coast Invitational and Ed Wells/Kiwanis meet.