Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Track: Robinson boys, Steinbrenner girls claim narrow wins at the Nash Higgins Relays

TAMPA — The 42nd annual Nash Higgins Relays tested the depth of the 27 Hillsborough County teams on a windy Saturday at Leto High.

The Robinson boys placed in the top three in seven of the 12 events, including first-place finishes in the distance medley and the 4x100 meter throwers relay, to edge Hillsborough 55 to 52.5.

The girls competition was nearly as close as Steinbrenner (69) kept just ahead of Wharton (62). The Warriors took first in the shuttle hurdle and the triple jump relay.

The vaunted Hillsborough boys relay teams, featuring senior Anthony Brown and junior Jeremiah Green, were beaten in both the highly anticipated 4x100 and the 4x400 races.

The Jefferson 4x400 team of Jonathan Moore, David White, Jawuan Coffee and Joshua Wyche finished in 3 minutes, 28.89 seconds to best the second-lace Terriers (3:29.53).

"I wanted to come out and put it all on the line for my team today," said Coffee, the senior who ran a blistering third leg.

In a shocker, East Bay's 4x100 team of David Wykes, Saleem Lintz, Brandon Byrd and Noah Williams finished in 43.73 seconds. Robinson (44.12) and Riverview (44.25) also finished ahead of Hillsborough (44.34).

"We wanted to come out and put East Bay on the map," said Williams, the junior anchor-leg runner.

Still, overall the Terriers had a rewarding day, with the second-place boys and the girls taking fourth. The Terriers girls 4x400 team of Ciarra Hawkins, Jorian Ordway, Marilyn Hawkins and Tijah Ray finished in 4:03.97 to best runnerup Wharton (4:07.03) and the rest of the field by nearly five seconds.

"If I get the baton first, I'm confident we can beat anybody," said senior and leadoff runner Ciarra Hawkins.

Plant turned in strong performances, placing third overall in the girls competition and fourth in the boys. The Panthers won both boys and girls 4x800 races, no doubt a product of their cross-county pedigree. Juniors Caroline Gibson, a 2011 cross country state finalist, and Julia Rodriguez, a 2011 region cross country champion, led Plant to a 10:06.60 finish, seven seconds better than Wharton.

Kyle Groh turned in a gutty finish to the anchor leg on the boys team, passing Wharton on the first of his two laps.

Track: Robinson boys, Steinbrenner girls claim narrow wins at the Nash Higgins Relays 03/03/12 [Last modified: Saturday, March 3, 2012 11:33pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Lightning fans, don't get attached to your first-round draft picks

    Lightning Strikes

    CHICAGO — When Lightning GM Steve Yzerman announces his first-round pick Friday night in the amateur draft at No. 14, he'll invite the prospect onto the stage for the once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity.

    Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Jonathan Drouin (27) eludes  Montreal Canadiens left wing Phillip Danault (24) during the second period of Wednesday???‚??„?s (12/28/16) game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Montreal Canadiens at the Amalie Arena in Tampa.
  2. Lightning GM Steve Yzerman also has top-9 wing on his wish list

    Lightning Strikes

    CHICAGO — Much has been made about the Lightning's interest in bolstering its blue line, even after last week's acquisition of defense prospect Mikhail Sergachev.

    Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman gestures as he speaks to the media about recent trades during a news conference before an NHL hockey game against the Carolina Hurricanes Wednesday, March 1, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. The Lightning, over the past few days, have traded goaltender Ben Bishop to the Los Angeles Kings, forward Brian Boyle to the Toronto Maple Leafs, and forward Valtteri Filppula to the Philadelphia Flyers. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) TPA101
  3. Peter Budaj loves 'vibe' with Lightning


    Two years ago, nobody was willing to give Peter Budaj a shot, the veteran goalie wondering if he'd ever play in the NHL again.

    Peter Budaj signed a two-year extension with the Lightning, worth $1.025 million per year.
  4. A test the Rays haven't passed

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — I have no idea what to think about the Rays. Not a clue.

    Tampa Bay Rays players celebrate their 8-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds Wednesday, June 21, 2017 in St. Petersburg.