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Track: Senior Alexis Wright propels Steinbrenner girls to second at USF/Steinbrenner meet

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TAMPA — For all practical intents, Saturday's USF/Steinbrenner Invitational, a sprawling third-year event featuring roughly 75 teams, represented Alexis Wright's season debut.

She can only hope her season finale is equally prolific.

On a mildly windy day at the USF Track & Field Stadium, the Steinbrenner senior won the triple jump and 100-meter hurdles, placed third in the 300 hurdles and finished eighth in the high jump to highlight the showing by Hillsborough County athletes.

"In general, I'd say a good day," said Wright, who collected three state medals at last year's Class 2A meet, including gold in the 100 hurdles.

Wright, whose participation this spring had been limited to a couple of hand-timed meets and the Nash Higgins Relays, collected 27 points for the runnerup Warriors. Her time in the 300 hurdles (45.39 seconds) was seven-hundredths of a second off her third-place time at state.

"That's probably my third time this year running the 300 hurdles," she said. "I just didn't have the opportunity; we just didn't have the meets. I ran against amazing girls that pushed me to 45 (seconds)."

Nearly as prosperous were Hillsborough junior Jorian Ordway and Spoto senior Eric Moate, who shined in three races despite not eating a thing, a prerace custom.

Moate won the 200 (21.93), placed third in the high jump (6 feet) and ran the second leg on the 4x100 relay that placed second to Armwood in 42.67. The Hawks quartet — siblings Wade and Kaylaun Edwards, Leon McQuay III and Alvin Bailey — finished in 42.21.

"I had a lot of Gatorade, but I feel like if I eat it will make me bring it up," Moate said.

Ordway won the girls 400 in a personal-best 56.52. She also ran on the winning 4x400 relay (3:58.49) that propelled Hillsborough to a fourth-place team finish.

Elsewhere, Gaither's Paul Barrett won the 300 hurdles (39.18) and placed second in the high jump (6-4). Chamberlain senior Max del Monte won the 1,600 in 4:23.64.

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