Tuesday, February 20, 2018
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Two stars pull off PCAC quadruple

CLEARWATER — The plan was for Countryside's Andrew Llewellyn to anchor the 4x800 relay and concentrate on the 1,600 meters at Wednesday's Pinellas County Athletic Conference track meet.

Llewellyn did that with ease, leading the Cougars to victory in the 4x800 in 8 minutes, 22.77 seconds to avenge a loss to Lakewood earlier this month. In the 1,600, he finished first in 4:28.78.

But Llewellyn wanted more from his final PCAC meet. So the senior ended up completing a rare distance quadruple, adding victories in the 800 (2:01.15) and 3,200 (10:11.78).

"I've been training for the mile (1,600) and the original goal was to try to set a personal record in that event," Llewellyn said. "My coaches were begging not to run the other two events, but I was feeling really good and just wanted to go for it."

The 40 points he helped accumulate allowed Countryside (128 points) to end a two-year conference title drought and keep coach Eileen Givens' championship streak alive. Givens, who stepped down as boys coach two years ago, has never lost a conference title, winning seven with Countryside's boys and 12 before that with Lakewood's girls. Gibbs was the boys runnerup with 74 points.

"I don't think we'll be letting Andrew do that too often," Givens said of Llewellyn's four distance wins. "That's a once-in-a-lifetime achievement."

Besides Llewellyn, the Cougars also got wins from Robert Davis in the 400 (49.47) and Giovanni Negron in the shot put (45 feet, 2 inches).

Dunedin's Ahmad Middleton won three events: the long jump (22-5), 110 hurdles (14.56) and 300 hurdles (39.58). Osceola's Carson Waters continued his dominance in the pole vault, clearing 14-7.

Another quadruple was completed on the girls side by Gibbs' Jerosan Fletcher, a jumping and sprinting specialist. The senior won the 100 (12.71), 200 (26.02), 400 (58.29) and long jump (17-3 1/2).

"I felt like I had a good shot at winning since I've done so well in each one this season," Fletcher said. "It's a lot of work in a day, but I'm used to it."

East Lake (158) won the girls title for the second straight season. Osceola (62.5) was the runnerup. The Eagles racked up the bulk of their points in the distance events with four of the top-five place winners in the 1,600 and four of the top six in the 3,200. East Lake's Sabrina Siegel won the 1,600 (5:28.34) and sister Julia Siegel won the 3,200 (12:08.25). Sabrina was on the winning 4x800 relay (10:20.11).

District tennis

3A-10: Largo sophomore Alexis Franco won the No. 1 singles championship Wednesday at Treasure Bay Golf and Tennis Club, outlasting Ashley Bongart of Lakewood Ranch 1-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7-5).

"I'm so excited and happy," Franco said. "She is ranked ahead of me (in the U.S. Tennis Association rankings) so I knew she was a good player."

After dropping the first set, Franco battled back in what became a 2 1/2-hour marathon. Her win helped Largo finish second overall and earn a spot in next week's region semifinals. Even if Largo does not advance to the state tournament, Franco is guaranteed a spot in the individual state tournament.

Teammate Laurel Wagner defeated Jayla Smith of Osceola 6-0, 6-7, 6-0 in No. 2 singles. The overall girls winner was Venice with 21 points. Largo earned 16 points.

Franco and Wagner won No. 1 doubles and will also play in the state individual tournament.

In the boys tournament, Sarasota and Venice took the top two spots.

4A-8: Both the boys and girls tournaments in Bradenton came down to the wire, and the boys tournament still isn't decided. Sarasota Riverview won the boys championship, but Countryside and Palm Harbor University tied for second with 16 points. The teams will play today at PHU in an eight-game pro set match to determine the district runnerup.

The girls team championship was determined by No. 2 doubles between East Lake and Riverview. East Lake's No. 1 doubles team of Angel Deng and Kim Herrock defeated Riverview 6-3, 6-2, but the Eagles' No. 2 team of Rehaana Butt and Ali Mae Gleason lost to Riverview 6-3, 6-2. That allowed the Rams to take the overall title 23-21. Countryside finished third with 10 points.

2A-8: Fivay swept the boys and girls titles in New Port Richey, but the Tarpon Springs girls advanced to region play as runnersup.

The boys will require another day of competition to determine who advances to region as Dunedin and Hudson won their final matches of the day to earn spots alongside Gulf in a three-team round-robin tiebreaker set for 2:45 today at River Ridge High.

Dunedin got its key point from No. 4 Mike Schermerhorn, who topped Fivay's Chris Mancini.

2A-10: The Boca Ciega boys won the district championship in Bradenton and will host a region semifinal next week. No. 1 singles player Dan Stefan, last year's Class 2A individual champion, won the district title again this season. Stefan teamed with Nikita Goldenberg to win the No. 1 doubles title.

Times staff writer Rodney Page and correspondent Darek Sharp contributed to this report.

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