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Vernon Korhn Championships: Wharton girls, Hillsborough boys defend titles

TAMPA — Amani Bryant grabbed her third medal and kept on running.

Seemed like everywhere the Wharton senior ran Tuesday she was breaking away.

Bryant shined once more in Hillsborough County's featured meet, the Vernon Korhn Championships, taking three first-place medals in the three races she ran.

In doing so, Bryant helped Wharton defend its title. For the boys, Hillsborough also defended its team title.

"I came into the meet hoping I would be successful," Bryant said. "I was just going for time today. I wanted to have clean smooth races."

Bryant, who is among the nation's top five in the 300-meter hurdles, claimed titles in the 100 meters (14.96), the 200 (25.04) and the 300 hurdles (44.80). Teammate Alyssa Franks won the 3,200 (12:05.53), and the Wildcats' 4x800 team also won (10:05.16).

Other multiple winners included Blake's Marissa McElveen, who won the long jump (19 feet, 7 inches) and triple jump (40-1/2), and Tampa Bay Tech's Leria Jenrette, who won the shot put (35-51/2) and the discus (116-8).

In boys competition, Chamberlain senior Dentarius Locke continued his dominance in the sprints, winning the 100 (10.35) and 200 (20.99) with relative ease and showing why he's headed to Tennessee for track and talking about the 2012 Olympics.

"I definitely think I improved," Locke said. "This track meet I came out more serious than usual. … I have confidence. I just have to come out and continue to work."

The Terriers were led by high-flying Terrence Mitchell, who won the long jump (23-6) and triple jump (46-6). He also took second in the 300 hurdles (38.91) in a photo-finish won by Brandon's Desmond McGill (38.37). McGill also won the 300 hurdles (38.05).

Also winning two events was Sickles senior Derek Wehunt, who took the 1,600 (14.56) and the 3,200 (9:43.39) in impressive fashion.

Izzy Gould can be reached at or (813) 226-3458.

Vernon Korhn Championships: Wharton girls, Hillsborough boys defend titles 03/31/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 1, 2009 1:31pm]
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